Dear Mr Dylan

Dear Mr Dylan,

You are the greatest songwriter in the world. I love your songs like I love nobody else’s song… even when I can’t make out what you’re saying in them. That’s because I know when I Google them, I will be profounded by what you were trying to sing. However, while learning to play your songs, I discovered didn’t feel quite right, so I made a few changes and I’d like to share them with you.

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Happy 70th Birthday Bob Dylan! (and my Top 10 Dylan Songs)

Bob Dylan

Happy 70th Birthday, Bob Dylan!

Ah, you were so much older then, you’re younger than that now… and may you stay forever young no matter how much the times, they are a’changin’, you rolling stone you!

Man, can you believe the Bob is 70???

I sure can’t… mostly because my main association with him is through his music, and that’s mostly timeless, never aging, so the icon seems that way to me.

For Bob’s 70th, Rolling Stone magazine did a huge number of features this month on him:

Me, I did a meme tribute on Facebook to share one of my favourite Top 10 Bob Dylan songs each day leading to his birthday today. Here is my list, which was generally presented in no particular order except for the last two being my favourite two Dylan songs. It gets too hard to separate the order of the others for me.

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Guitar and Ukulele Tabs for It Ain’t Me Babe, by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

The printable guitar and ukulele tab PDFs below work for many versions of this Bob Dylan classic because they’re rather similar except for speed, phrasing and accompaniment.

The most famous versions of this song are between Bob Dylan’s original* and Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s swingin’ country jig version.

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Guitar and Ukulele Tabs for You Ain’t Going Nowhere (Bob Dylan)

Bob Dylan

This Bob Dylan classic is a favourite of mine for warming up. It has a nice lilt to it and doesn’t require a great vocal range to sing it, when your voice isn’t necessarily ready if it hasn’t yet warmed up.

I tabbed this to the version done at Columbia Records’ 30th Anniversary Tribute to Bob Dylan, as performed by Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin-Carpenter and Rosanne Cash. You can get a 30 second sample of it here. Unfortunately, the Bob Dylan empire seemed to have exercised its rights over the wimpier by the day crumbling YouTube empire and those videos have been removed for copyright purposes. The closest performance I can find to the one I tabbed is by the Byrds in the video below. However, you’ll be able tell soon enough there are some subtle differences. Good thing I tabbed notes with my chords. Just pic out the notes and you’ll get the version I had in mind.

Man, I need to set up my recording mics soon so I can just record the tabs for users to hear rather than rely on “similar” versions!

You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, Bob Dylan Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF

You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, Bob Dylan Guitar Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, Bob Dylan Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF

You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, Bob Dylan Ukulele Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

These tabs all fit on one page to avoid the inconvenience of page turns. However, the letter size tabs (8.5″ x 11″) may be too small for your eyes. If so, you can either enlarge to tabloid size (11″ x 17″) using an automatic enlarge feature on many photocopiers, or download the tabloid sized versions for printing. The tabloid size tabs can be inserted into a typical letter sized binder on the 11″ size, and folded almost in half to fit. You just open each tab to use it.

Please click here for guitar and ukulele tabs and chords to other songs on this blog.

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Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.2