Bob Dylan - Rambling Gambling Willie Guitar Chords

Bob Dylan

album rock, classic rock, folk, folk rock

Song versions: 1 2
Chords: C, F/C, G/C
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          Rambling Gambling Willie – Bob Dylan
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Open E + capo 7th fret

Bob Dylan
Rambling Gambling Willie (1962)
(Dylan)


Recorded April 24, 1962 for "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" but along with 
three others later replaced with Dylan's newer compositions.

Several versions can be found on the net this one is from: 
"The Bootleg Series Vol. 01-03: Rare and Unreleased 1961-1991" 

The song is played using Open E tuning and a capo on the 7th fret. If 
you don’t want to retune the guitar, I added voicings for standard 
tuning that work quite well. There’s one chord in the chorus section 
I’m not quite sure of – sounds good if played, but might not be there
at all. I put this F/C in square bracket as an option.

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Tuning: Open E (E-B-E-G#-B-e)
capo: 7th fret (C-G-C-E-G-c)
key: C

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CHORDS

         C-G-C-E-G-c                         E-A-D-G-B-E
C        0-0-0-0-0-0                         x-3-2-0-1-3
F/C      0-2-0-1-0-0 (actually Fadd9/C)      x-3-x-2-1-3
G/C      0-4-0-3-0-0 (actually Gadd11/C)     x-3-x-0-0-3

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[Intro]
| C F/C C F/C | C F/C C   |

[Verse 1]
      C                               F/C          C
Come around you rovin’ gamblers and a story I will tell
 C        F/C      C            F/C                 C
About the greatest gambler, you all should know him well
    C        F/C      C             F/C             C
His name was Willie O’Conley and he gambled all his life
       F/C                           G/C         F/C
He had twenty-seven children, yet he never had a wife
         C     F/C     C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ F/C ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    F/C           C                F/C     | C F/C C F/C | C F/C C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, no-obody knows


[Verse 2]
         C                              F/C             C
Well, he gambled in the White House and in the railroad yards
    C    F/C       C                 F/C            C
Wherever there was people, there was Willie and his cards
   C       F/C C             F/C              C
He had the reputation as the gamblin’est man around
F/C                                       G/C            F/C
Wives would keep their husbands home when Willie came to town
         C     F/C     C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ F/C ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    F/C           C               F/C     | C F/C C F/C | C F/C C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Verse 3]
        C                         F/C               C
Sailin’ down the Mississippi to a town called New Orleans
              C        F/C        C         F/C             C
They’re still talkin’ about their card game on that Jackson Queen
       C       F/C      C       F/C             C
 “I’ve come to win some money,” Gamblin’ Willie says
         F/C                        G/C                 F/C
When the game finally ended up, the whole damn boat was his
         C     F/C     C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ F/C ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    F/C           C               F/C     | C F/C C F/C | C F/C C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Verse 4]
   C                           F/C                 C
Up in the Rocky Mountains in a town called Cripple Creek
      C      F/C       C           F/C            C
There was an all-night poker game, lasted about a week
C    F/C     C          F/C              C
Nine hundred miners had laid their money down
     F/C                              G/C                  F/C
When Willie finally left the room, he owned the whole damn town
         C     F/C     C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ F/C ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    F/C           C               F/C     | C F/C C F/C | C F/C C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Solo] (harp)
| C F/C C  | F/C C | C F/C C  | F/C C |
| C F/C C  | F/C | C F/C | G/C F/C |
| C F/C C  | F/C C | C F/C C  | G/C C | 
| F/C C | C |


[Verse 5]
    C                              F/C    G/C     C
But Willie had a heart of gold and this I know is true
      C      F/C     C            F/C               C
He supported all his children and all their mothers too
   C       F/C      C                  F/C            C
He wore no rings or fancy things, like other gamblers wore
   F/C                               G/C               F/C
He spread his money far and wide, to help the sick and poor
         C     F/C     C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ F/C ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    F/C           C               F/C     | C F/C C F/C | C F/C C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Verse 6]
         C                                  F/C          C
When you played your cards with Willie, you never really knew
C       F/C    C           F/C            C
Whether he was bluffin’ or whether he was true
   C             F/C            F/C           C
He won a fortune from a man who folded in his chair
    F/C                                  G/C                F/C
The man, he left a diamond flush, Willie didn’t even have a pair
         C     F/C     C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ F/C ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    F/C           C               F/C     | C F/C C F/C | C F/C C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Verse 7]
       C                F/C            C
It was late one evenin’ during a poker game
  C        F/C     C              F/C           C
A man lost all his money, he said Willie was to blame
   C         F/C    C                       F/C          C
He shot poor Willie through the head, which was a tragic fate
F/C                                         G/C              F/C
Willie’s cards fell on the floor, they were aces backed with eights
         C     F/C     C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ F/C ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    F/C           C               F/C     | C F/C C F/C | C F/C C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Verse 8]
   C                              F/C            C
So all you ramblin’ gamblers, wherever you might be
    C     F/C    C        F/C           C
The moral of the story is very plain to see
C         F/C   C                F/C              C
Make your money while you can, before you have to stop
    F/C                                      G/C               F/C
For when you pull that dead man’s hand, your gamblin’ days are up
         C     F/C     C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride (harp)
C    [ F/C ]
Roll, Willie, roll (harp)
    C    F/C      C             G/C     [ C ]
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Coda]
          1 + 2 + 3 + 4
| C G/C | F/C     C   C
 (harp)

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