Bob Dylan - Neighborhood Bully Guitar Chords

Bob Dylan

album rock, classic rock, folk, folk rock

Song versions: 1 2
Chords: E, D, A, G
[Intro]
E

[Verse 1]
          D            A                    E
Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
    D       A                 E
His enemies say he's on their land.
     G          D                           A
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
       A            E         G           D
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
                      A          D A      D A     D A
He's the neighborhood bully.

[Verse 2]
     D            A                    E
The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
        D             A                 E
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
           G               D                           A
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
         A               E         G                    D
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
                      A          D A      D A     D A
He's the neighborhood bully.

[Verse 3]
          D            A                    E
The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
         D          A              E
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
         G           D                           A
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
       A         E         G         D
He's always on trial for just being born.
                      A          D A      D A     D A
He's the neighborhood bully.

[Verse 4]
          D            A                    E
Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
    D              A                     E
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
     G               D                        A
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
       A            E         G                     D
The bombs were meant for him. He was supposed to feel bad.
                      A          D A      D A     D A
He's the neighborhood bully.

[Verse 5]
            D            A                    E
Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
    D                  A                           E
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
     G                 D                           A
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
       A            E         G                 D
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
                      A          D A      D A     D A
He's the neighborhood bully.

[Verse 6]
          D       A              E
He got no allies to really speak of.
          D                    A                     E
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
     G          D                           A
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
       A            E         G                  D
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
                      A          D A      D A     D A
He's the neighborhood bully.

[Verse 7]
             D            A                    E
Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
        D              A                         E
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
     G                   D                           A
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly. To hurt one they would weep.
       A            E         G               D
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
                      A          D A      D A     D A
He's the neighborhood bully.

[Verse 8]
          D        A                 E
Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
    D          A                 E
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
     G          D                           A
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
    A          E         G           D
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
                      A          D A      D A     D A
He's the neighborhood bully.

[Verse 9]
          D            A                   E
Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
            D                A                 E
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
     G                    D                           A
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
       A            E         G                 D
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
                      A          D A      D A     D A
He's the neighborhood bully.

[Verse 10]
          D         A           E
What's anybody indebted to him for?
    D               A                 E
Nothin', they say. He just likes to cause war.
     G          D                      A
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
       A            E            G           D
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
                      A          D A      D A     D A
He's the neighborhood bully.

[Verse 11]
          D         A             E
What has he done to wear so many scars?
                   D                  A                            E
Does he change the course of rivers? Does he pollute the moon and stars?
     G          D                   A
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
       A         E         G           D
Running out the clock, time standing still,
              A          D A      D A     D A
Neighborhood bully.

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