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/ Bob Dylan / Shot of Love (1981) / The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar guitar tab

The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar
Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on Biograph (1985) and on the CD edition of Shot of Love (1981)
Tabbed by Eyolf ěstrem

Tabbed with a capo in the 1st fret.

The rise at the end of the chorus is acutally only single bass tones -- not full chords.
This is most bothersome for the E, which is neither a minor nor a major chord. Playing
it as an Em chord sounds best.

The easiest way to produce the chords and recurring riff on a single guitar is to play
it one octave down from where it is on the album:

A
           .     .     .
|-(0)--------------------------
|-(2)--------------------------
|-(2)--------------------------
|-(2)--------------------------
|-(0)----------3-3-0---0-------
|--------------------3---------

A
Prayed in the ghetto with my face in the cement,

Heard the last moan of a boxer, seen the massacre of the innocent

Felt around for the light switch, became nauseated.

She was walking down the hallway while the walls deteriorated.
D                                             A
East of the Jordan, hard as the Rock of Gibraltar,
          E                            D
I see the burning of the page, Curtain risin' on a new age,
        A     C     D       E(m)   A
See the groom still waitin' at the altar.

Try to be pure at heart, they arrest you for robbery,
Mistake your shyness for aloofness, your shyness for snobbery,
Got the message this morning, the one that was sent to me
About the madness of becomin' what one was never meant to be.
West of the Jordan, east of the Rock of Gibraltar,
I see the burning of the stage,
Curtain risin' on a new age,
See the groom still waitin' at the altar.

Don't know what I can say about Claudette that wouldn't come back to haunt me,
Finally had to give her up 'bout the time she began to want me.
But I know God has mercy on them who are slandered and humiliated.
I'd a-done anything for that woman if she didn't make me feel so obligated.
West of the Jordan, west of the Rock of Gibraltar,
I see the burning of the cage,
Curtain risin' on a new stage,
See the groom still waitin' at the altar.

Put your hand on my head, baby, do I have a temperature?
I see people who are supposed to know better standin' around like furniture.
There's a wall between you and what you want and you got to leap it,
Tonight you got the power to take it, tomorrow you won't have the power to keep it.
West of the Jordan, east of the Rock of Gibraltar,
I see the burning of the stage, Curtain risin' on a new age,
See the groom still waitin' at the altar.

Cities on fire, phones out of order,
They're killing nuns and soldiers, there's fighting on the border.
What can I say about Claudette? Ain't seen her since January,
She could be respectably married or running a whorehouse in Buenos Aires.
West of the Jordan, west of the Rock of Gibraltar,
I see the burning of the stage,
Curtain risin' on a new age,
See the groom still waitin' at the altar.


Bob Dylan albums
2003 Masked and Anonymous
2001 Love and Theft
1997 Time Out of Mind
1993 World Gone Wrong
1992 Good as I Been to You
1990 Under the Red Sky
1989 Oh Mercy
1988 Down in the Groove
1986 Knocked Out Loaded
1985 Empire Burlesque
1983 Infidels
1981 Shot of Love
1980 Saved
1979 Slow Train Coming
1978 Street Legal
1976 Desire
1975 The Basement Tapes
1975 Blood on the Tracks
1974 Planet Waves
1973 Dylan
1970 New Morning
1970 Self Portrait
1969 Nashville Skyline
1967 John Wesley Harding
1966 Blonde on Blonde
1965 Highway 61 Revisited
1965 Bringing It All Back Home
1964 Another Side of Bob Dylan
1964 The Times They Are A-Changin'
1963 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
1962 Bob Dylan
Shot of Love tabs
02Heart of Mine tabbass tab
04Lenny Bruce tabbass tab
06The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar tabbass tab
07Dead Man, Dead Man tabbass tab
08In the Summertime tabbass tab
10Every Grain of Sand tabbass tab

 

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