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Shelter from the Storm

Bob Dylan

from the album Blood on the Tracks released in 1975

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Lyrics

Intro

E ... E ... E ... E ... x 2

Verse

E B A E 'Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood E B A When blackness was a virtue, and the road was full of mud E B A I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form E B A E B A E B A E Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm And if I pass this way again, you can rest assured I'll always do my best for her, on that I give my word In a world of steel-eyed death and men fighting to be warm Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm Not a word was spoke between us, there was little risk involved Everything up to that point had been left unresolved Try imagining a place where its always safe and warm Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm I was burned out from exhaustion, buried in the hail Poisoned in the bushes and blown out on the trail Hunted like a crocodile ravaged in the corn Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm Suddenly I turned around and she was standing there With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm Now, there's a wall between us, something has been lost I took too much for granted, I got my signals crossed Just to think how it all began on a non-eventful morn Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm Well, the deputy walks on hot nails and the preacher rides amount But nothing really matters much, its doom alone that counts And the one-eyed undertaker he blows a futile horn Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm I've heard new-born babies wailing like a moanin' dove And old men with broken teeth stranded without love Do I understand your question then, is it hopeless and forlorn? Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm In a little hill-top village they gambled for my clothes I bargained for salvation and she gave me a lethal dose I offered up my innocence and got repaid with scorn Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm I'm living in a foreign country but I'm bound to cross the line Beauty walks a razor's edge, someday I'll make it mine If I could only turn back the clock to when God and her were born Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm (instrumental verse w/ solo to end)

Notes & Tabs

Basic Guitar Chords

Below I show a few different ways to play the guitar chords (within standard tuning). Given that it is the same three chords played over and over, you may want to explore different ways to approach the progression to give the song some life as appropriate. I find that playing the A and B chords so that the highest two strings ring is a nice way to open up the sound -- and a bit easier if you don't have barre chords down quite yet.

e-|---0--------------      ----0---0---0----
B-|---0----4----2----      ----0---0---0----
G-|---1----4----2----      ----1---4---2----
D-|---2----4----2----  or  ----2---4---2----
A-|---2----2----0----      ----2---2---0----
E-|---0--------------      ----0------------
      E    B    A              E   B   A 

Advanced Guitar Chords

The version below is slightly more tricky, but a good progression to practice if you can manage. The E chord here is a bit of a stretch, but the benefit is a nice walkdown of the bass note from the E to the B -- with the high E string ringing all the while.

e-|---0---0---0---
B-|---0---0---5---
G-|---4---4---6---
D-|---6---6---7---
A-|---7---6---0---
E-|---------------
      E   B   A 

A video lesson of this technique can be shown below, demonstrated by VGStratGuy on YouTube.



Alternate Tunings, etc

Note, I'm not currently covering ways to play this song that use (1) alternative open tunings, or (2) modified chord progressions as per Dylan's more recent performances. I am sure there may be quite a bit to explore with both points above -- but for now, I wanted to keep it simple and straightforward.

Chord Progressions

Intro

| E . . . | E . . . | E . . . | E . . . |  x 2

Verse

"'Twas in another lifetime..."
| E . . . | B . . . | A . . . | E . . . |
| E . . . | B . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| E . . . | B . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| E . . . | B . . . | A . . . | E . . . |

Break

Starts on the final E of the verse
| E . . . | B . . . | A . . . | E . . . |  x 2

Song Info

Song: Shelter from the Storm
Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: Blood on the Tracks
Year: 1975
Label: Columbia

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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