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Dylan Bob - Buckets Of Rain tab

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Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 23:18:50 -0700
From: Dimitri Cherkassky 
Subject: TAB: Buckets of Rain by Bob Dylan

   BUCKETS OF RAIN
     by Bob Dylan
           from "Blood on the Tracks"
          (1974 Columbia Records CK33235)

This is a fingerpicking version of the song in TAB notation. There are
several chord versions in the archives but I haven't seen a TAB version.

My intent was to transcribe the basic fingerpicking pattern of the song
as Dylan plays it on the record. Dylan throws in many small
embellishments throughout the song, most of which I haven't attempted to
capture with the exception of one small variation.

Transcribed by Dimitri Cherkassky, with special thanks to Mark Wolfson
for blazing this trail. (The song eluded me for years until my friend
Mark figured it out six months after he started playing guitar...)


TUNING: Tune the 4th string up to E:
 E B G E A E


LEGEND:

 =S=  - Slide
 =P=  - Pull-off
 =H=  - Hammer-on


NOTE: First and third strings in measure 1 are played by sliding two
fingers together (I use my middle and ring fingers) from 2nd to 4th
fret.

             ===S
1-E-|-----2-----4--------------|-----------O--------------|
    |                          |                          |
2-B-|--------------------------|-----O--------------------|
    |        ===S              |                          |
3-G-|--2--------4--------------|--2-----------------------|
    |                          |                          |  (REPEAT)
4-E-|--------O-----------O-----|--------O-----------O-----|
    |                          |                          |
5-A-|--------------------------|--------------------------|
    |                          |                          |
6-E-|--O-----------O-----------|--O-----------O-----------|

     Buckets of rain            buckets of tears
     Got all them buckets comin' out of my ears.



                                  ==P=     =H= =P=
1-E-|-----------O--------------|--2--O-----O--2--O-----O--|
    |                          |                          |
2-B-|--2-----------------------|--------2-----------2-----|
    |                          |                          |
3-G-|-----2--------------------|--------------------------|
    |                          |                          |
4-E-|--------O-----------O-----|--------O-----------O-----|
    |                          |                          |
5-A-|--O-----------O-----------|--O-----------O-----------|
    |                          |                          |
6-E-|--------------------------|--------------------------|

     Buckets of moon____beams                 in my    hand,


1-E-|-----------------------O--|--------------------------|
    |                          |                          |
2-B-|--------------------------|--------------------------|
    |                 ==S=     |                          |
3-G-|-----------------2--4-----|--------------------------|
    |                          |                          |
4-E-|--------O-----------O-----|--------O-----------O-----|
    |                          |                          |
5-A-|--------------------------|--------------------------|
    |                          |                          |
6-E-|--O-----------O-----------|--O-----------O-----------|




1-E-|-----7-----------5--------|-----4-----------------O--|
    |                          |                          |
2-B-|--------------------------|-----------------O--------|
    |==S        ==S=        ===S===        ==H=           |
3-G-|--8--------8--6--------6--|--4--------1--2-----------|
    |                          |                          |
4-E-|--------O-----------O-----|--------O-----------O-----|
    |                          |                          |
5-A-|--------------------------|--------------------------|
    |                          |                          |
6-E-|--8-----------5-----------|--4-----------2-----------|

       I got all the love,        honey baby, you can stand.



1-E-|-----------------------O--|--------------------------|
    |                          |                          |
2-B-|--------------------------|--------------------------|
    |                 ==S=     |                          |
3-G-|-----------------2--4-----|--------------------------|
    |                          |                          |
4-E-|--------O-----------O-----|--------O-----------O-----|
    |                          |                          |
5-A-|--------------------------|--------------------------|
    |                          |                          |
6-E-|--O-----------O-----------|--O-----------O-----------|


*****************************************************************

I been meek
And hard like an oak
I seen pretty people disappear like smoke.
Friends will arrive, friends will disappear,
If you want me, honey baby,
I'll be here.

Like your smile
And your fingertips
Like the way that you move your lips.
I like the cool way you look at me,
Everything about you is bringing me
Misery.

Little red wagon
Little red bike
I ain't no monkey but I know what I like.
I like the way you love me strong and slow,
I'm taking you with me, honey baby,
When I go.

Life is sad
Life is a bust
All ya can do is do what you must.
You do what you must do and ya do it well,
I'll do it for you, honey baby,
Can't you tell?

*****************************************************************

VARIATION:  At the start of the break,
substitute the following for the first two measures:

              ==S
1-E-|----10----12--------------|-----------O--------------|
    |                          |                          |
2-B-|--------------------------|--O-----------------------|
    |         ==S              |                          |
3-G-|-11-------13--------------|-----2--------------------|
    |                          |                          | (REPEAT)
4-E-|--------O-----------O-----|--------O-----------O-----|
    |                          |                          |
5-A-|--------------------------|--------------------------|
    |                          |                          |
6-E-|--O-----------O-----------|--O-----------O-----------|
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