This is just a great song, especially the version performed at Columbia Records’ 30th Anniversary Tribute for Bob Dylan that seems to have been ripped off the Net, but here’s a close version in rehearsal.
It is also the version I tabbed. I never thought I’d say it but thank goodness for Chinese video sites that still holds videos like the one above as YouTube has grown up and wimped out to copyright threats.
My Back Pages, Bob Dylan Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF
My Back Pages, Bob Dylan Guitar Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF
My Back Pages, Bob Dylan Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF
My Back Pages, 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.
Just a few notes to the tabs. In verses 4-6, there is a slight change in one of the lines from the same line for verses 1-3, so I have highlighted the note in red. It’s a little thing, but gives the song a little “ooomph” after 3 go arounds of the verse and chorus. Despite having 6 verses, a great song doesn’t get boring with repetition. You just find ways to lift it even more, like with that little note in red.
On the ukulele tab, I have added a little chord modification for that note. I have labeled the chord with an asterisk and denoted it as basically a C chord but with the finger on the bottom A string to be on the 5th fret instead of the 3rd fret. Written out in fret and string numbers, it is 0005 (fifth fret fourth string from top down) rather 0003 for a regular C chord. The labeling is in the tab sheet. I have not done this for the guitar tabs because there isn’t anything similar and the C chord on the guitar handles the slight disharmony (C chord, D note) just fine.
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Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.1
Sophie B. Hawkins
Update: There is no longer a video of this track. Some copyright freak keeps getting new ones removed that it’s no longer worthwhile for me to track down new uploads. Lots of other content exist legitimately on YouTube and other video sites. Somebody’s just incredibly old fashioned to still get the videos of this great performance removed.
The broadcast of the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary tribute concert held by Columbia Record in October 1992, and broadcasted on television some time after, was when I fully discovered the genius of Bob Dylan. I had heard a song here or there of his, but never so many together. Then there were a whole bunch I had not realized that were his songs because the radio play just doesn’t give that songwriter credit often enough. And there were a bunch I had never heard before. This was, for me, without a doubt, the one concert I wish I could have attended if I could have.
However, when I got the concert double CD, I was disappointed in that my favourite performance of the night, I Want You, sung by Sophie B. Hawkins, was not on it. Neither was the performance on the VHS tape then, or DVD now. I don’t know why that was, but I was disappointed despite the rest of the quality tracks on it, especially Stevie Wonder’s incredibly moving rendition of Blowin’ in the Wind.
However, in this day and age with YouTube, I knew I could count on someone to have posted that performance. Sure enough, someone did. Have a look and listen below. Sophie just dives into the song and lets it rip, complete with what looks like a bell organ accompaniment and a small choir that included, among others, Sheryl Crow.
And for my own use, Stevie Wonder’s rendition of Blowin’ in the Wind, but I highly recommend a listen if you’ve never heard it… or a re-listen if you have! Why there isn’t a version on YouTube without subtitles is beyond me but have a listen and how Stevie got the entire Madison Square Garden crowd into it. Wow!
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.3