Bob Dylan - Gotta Serve Somebody Guitar Chords

Bob Dylan

album rock, classic rock, folk, folk rock

Song versions: 1 2 3
Chords: Am, Am7, D/A, D7, G/D, E7, D7/A, G/A, F/A, Em/A, Am6, A7
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          You Gotta Serve Somebody – Bob Dylan
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

Bob Dylan
You Gotta Serve Somebody
(Dylan)

From: “Slow Train Coming” (1979)

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Main Lick
(originally E-piano)

  Am                         Am7 D/A
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
e|----------------|----------------|
B|1---------------|------------1h3-|
G|0h2---2---------|------------0h2-|
D|-h2---2---------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|


The chords in square brackets indicate prominent e-piano licks. 
Leave them out when playing alone or use them with a second player.

The bass mostly plays an e on the word "Lord" in the turnaround section.
I wouldn't reflect this in the gutar accompaniment, though.

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[Intro]
|  Am  |  %  |  %  |  %  |
 (main riff)  (main riff)


[Verse 1]
Am
You may be an ambassador to England or France
Am
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
Am
 You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
Am
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls
                         D7            [ G/D D7 ]
But you're gonna have to serve somebody,      yes indeed
                     Am
You're gonna have to serve somebody
      E7                     D7
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
           D7             Am
But you're gonna have to serve somebody


[Verse 2]
    Am
You might be a Rock'n'Roll addict prancing on the stage
    Am
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
Am
You may be a business man or some high degree thief
Am
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief
                         D7
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes, you are
                     Am
You're gonna have to serve somebody (serve somebody)
      E7                        D7
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
           D7            Am
But you're gonna have to serve somebody (serve somebody)


[Verse 3]
Am                        [ Am7 ]
You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk
Am
 You may be the head of some big TV network
Am
 You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame
       Am                       [ Am7   D7/A   Am ]
May be living in another country under another name
         [ Am7 ]         D7
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes, you are
                     Am
You're gonna have to serve somebody (serve somebody)
         E7                     D7
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
           D7            Am
But you're gonna have to serve somebody (serve somebody)


[Verse 4]
    Am
You may be a construction worker working on a home
Am
Might be living in a mansion, you might live in a dome
Am
 You may own guns and you may even own tanks
           Am
You may be somebody's landlord, you may even own banks
                         D7
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes
                                        (serve somebody)
                     Am
You're gonna have to serve somebody  (serve somebody)
      E7                       D7
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
           D7            Am
But you're gonna have to serve somebody  (serve somebody)


[Verse 5]
Am
You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
Am
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
Am
 May be workin' in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
    Am7                             [ Am   G/A    F/A ]
You may be somebody's mistress, may be somebody's heir
          | Em/A ]       D7
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes
                     Am
You're gonna have to serve somebody (serve somebody)
      E7                        D7
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
           D7            Am
But you're gonna have to serve somebody (serve somebody)


[Verse 6]
Am
Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Am
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
Am
Might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
Am                           [ Am7          D7/A       Am ]
May be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed
          [ Am7 ]        D7
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
                                        (serve somebody)
                     Am
You're gonna have to serve somebody (serve somebody)
      E7                     D7
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
           D7            Am
But you're gonna have to serve somebody
                        (serve somebody)

[Verse 7]
Am7                [ Am6 Am ]                 [ Am6 ]
You may call me Terry,   you may call me Timmy
Am7                 [ Am6 Am ]                 [ Am6 ]
 You may call me Bobby,   you may call me Zimmy
Am7                 [ Am6 Am ]               [ Am6 ]
You may call me R.J.,     you may call me Ray
Am7                   [ Am6  Am     Am6      Am7 ]
You may call me anything  no matter what you say
          [ A7 ]         D7
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
                                        (serve somebody)
                      Am
You're gonna have to serve somebody  (serve somebody)
         E7                     D7
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
           D7            Am
But you're gonna have to serve somebody


[Outro]
|  Am  |  %  |  %  |  %  |
                 (oh yeah ...)
|  Am  |  %  |  %  |  %  |
 (Serve somebody ...)

(fade out)

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