Bob Dylan - I Was Young When I Left Home Guitar Chords

Bob Dylan

album rock, classic rock, folk, folk rock

Chords: G, Cadd9, D7, C, Cadd9/G, C/G, D7sus4, D7sus4/G
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          I Was Young When I Left Home – Bob Dylan
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Written by: Bob Dylan
Recorded in 1961 (Minnesota Tape)
Released on the Bonus CD of “Love and Theft” (2001) and
      "The Bootleg Series, Vol 7: No Direction Home" (2005)


Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: D-G-D-G-B-d + capo 1st fret / Standard tuning

I don't really know whether a capo is used or whether the strings are
tuned to the key one hears. For the sake of convenience, I’d suggest “Open G”
and then use a capo to match Dylan’s recording (D-G-D-G-B-d leaves three strings
as they are in standard tuning whereas one would have to retune all six strings
for Eb-Ab-Eb-Ab-C-Eb).

If you don't want to take the trouble of re-tuning the strings, I added voicings
for standard tuning in the CHORDS section below.

Dylan uses a Travis picking with many variations. I include a tab of the basic
riff below that can be used to figure out a picking accompaniment or a version
using a plectrum, too.


capo: 1st fret
play: G
key: Ab

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Basic Pattern
    G                                 Cadd9
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d  |0---------0-----|----------------|----------------|------0---------|
B 1/3---------3-----|---------------1/3-----1---0—-(1)|------1---1-----|
G 2/4-----4-------4-|---------------2/4-----2---0---0-|------0---0-----|
D  |0---------------|0---------------|0-------------2-|----------2-----|
G  |0---------------|0---------------|0---------------|----------------|
D  |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
                     D7
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d  |------0---------|----------------|----------------|
B  |1-----1---1-----|1---------------|----------1-----|
G  |0-----0---0-----|2---------------|------0---2-----|
D  |2---------2-----|0---------------|------0---------|
G  |0---------------|0---------------|----------------|
D  |----------------|----------------|----------------|
    G
    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
d  |0-----0---------|------0---------|
B 1/3-----3---------|------3---------|
G 2/4---------4-----|4---------4-----|
D  |0---------0-----|0---------0-----|
G  |0---------------|0---------------|
D  |----------------|----------------|


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CHORDS

Because of the open tuning almost all the chords have a “g” as their root

        D-G-D-G-B-d                            E-A-D-G-B-e
G       x-0-0-4-3-0 and x-0-0-0-0-0-0          3-x-0-0-0-3
C       x-0-2-0-1-0 (= Cadd9/G)                3-x-2-0-1-3 (= C/G)
D7sus4  x-0-0-2-1-0 (= D7sus4/G)               3-x-0-2-1-3 (= D7sus4/G)
   or   0-0-0-2-1-0 (= D7sus4)

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[Intro]
| G | % | % | C | % | D7sus4 | % | G | % |
| G | % |


[Verse 1]
      G
I was young when I left home
                           C
But I been out a-ramblin’ ‘round
      D7sus4                     D7sus4
And I never wrote a letter to my home
      G
To my home
            C
Lord, to my home
      D7sus4                     G
And I never wrote a letter to my home


[Verse 2]
       G
It was just the other day
                       C
I was bringing home my pay
       D7sus4                      D7sus4
When I met an old friend I used to know
          G
Said your mother’s dead and gone
                       C
Baby sister’s all gone wrong
         D7sus4                      G
And your daddy needs you home right away


[Verse 3]
      G
Not a shirt on my back
                  C
Not a penny on my name
       D7sus4               D7sus4
Well I can’t go home this-a-way
       G
This-a-way
            C
Lord, Lord, Lord
      D7sus4               G
And I can’t go home this-a-way


[Interlude]
| G | % | % | C | % | D7sus4 | % | G | % |
| G | % |


[Verse 4]
       G
If you miss the train I’m on
                   C
Count the days I’m gone
         D7sus4                           D7sus4
You will hear that whistle blow a hundred miles
          G
A hundred miles, honey baby
          C
Lord Lord Lord
           D7sus4                           G
And you’ll hear that whistle blow a hundred miles


[Verse 5]
    G
I’m playing on a track
                           C
Ma would come and whoop me back
         D7sus4                    D7sus4
On them trestles down by old Jim McKay’s
       G
When I pay the debt I owe
                  C
To the commissary store
       D7sus4                         G
I will pawn my watch and chain and go home
   G
Go home
          C
Lord Lord Lord
       D7sus4                         G
I will pawn my watch and chain and go home


[Interlude]
| G | % | % | C | % | D7sus4 | % | G | % |
| G | % |


[Verse 6]
        G
Used to tell Ma sometimes
                       C
When I see them riding blinds
      D7sus4                    D7sus4
Gonna make me a home out in the wind
       G
In the wind
            C
Lord in the wind
D7sus4                    G
Make me a home out in the wind


[Verse 7]
        G
I don’t like it in the wind
                    C
Wanna go back home again
      D7sus4               G
But I can’t go home this-a-way
       G
This-a-way
          C
Lord Lord Lord
      D7sus4               G
And I can’t go home this-a-way


[Interlude]
| G | % | % | C | % | D7sus4 | % | G | % |
| G | % |


[Verse 8]
      G
I was young when I left home
                           C
But I been out a-ramblin’ ‘round
      D7sus4                     D7sus4
And I never wrote a letter to my home
      G
To my home
          C
Lord Lord Lord
      D7sus4                     G
And I never wrote a letter to my home


[Coda]
| G | % | % | C | % | D7sus4 | % | G |   G

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