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/ Bob Dylan / Good as I Been to You (1992) / Canadee-I-O guitar tab

Canadee-i-o
Trad./arr. Bob Dylan (possibly (but not certainly) influenced by Nic Jones' arr)
(here's a tab of it)
Released on Good As I Been To You (1992)
Tabbed by Eyolf ěstrem

Some open/alternate tuning has been suggested for this one, but I doubt that.
It sounds very much like a standard guitar, tuned down one whole step (D-G-c-f-a-d').
The playing is sprinkled with hammer-ons and sus4-chords, in such a free way that it
would be sacrilegious to encarcerate it in a fixed version (meaning I don't have the
time or the energy to tab it out...). It's been claimed that Dylan stole his arrangement
from the English folk singer Nic Jones. A comparison between the two versions tells me
that Dylan can sleep safely--they don't sound that similar. See the footnote and see for
yourselves.


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[Intro: first two lines of the verse]

           C      G        C        F
Well, it's all of fair and handsome girl,
C                G      C
She's all in her tender years.
C           G           C      F
She fell in love with a sailor boy,
     C                  G
It's true she loved him well.
F                C
For to go off to sea with him
                      G
Like she did not know how,
C             G        C       F
She longed to see that seaport town
C      F     C
Of Canadee-i-o.

So she bargained with the sailor boy,
All for a piece of gold.
Straightaway then he led her
Down into the hold,
Sayin', "I'll dress you up in sailor's clothes,
Your jacket shall be blue.
You'll see that seaport town
Of Canadee-i-o.

Now, when the other sailors heard the news,
Well, they fell into a rage,
And with all the ship's company
They were willing to engage.
Saying, "We'll tie her hands and feet, my boys,
Overboard we'll throw her.
She'll never see that seaport town
Called Canadee-i-o.

Now, when the captain he heard the news,
Well, he too fell in a rage,
And with the whole ship's company
He was willing to engage,
Sayin', "She'll stay in sailor's clothes,
Her color shall be blue,
She'll see that seaport town
Call Canadee-i-o.

Now, when they come down to Canada
Scarcely 'bout half a year,
She's married this bold captain
Who called her his dear.
She's dressed in silks and satins now,
She cuts a gallant show,
Finest of the ladies
Down Canadee-i-o.

Come, all you fair and tender girls,
Wheresoever you may be,
I'd have you to follow your own true love
Whene'er he goes to sea.
For if the sailors prove false to you,
Well, the captain, he might prove true.
You'll see the honor I have gained
By the wearing of the blue.


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
Good as I Been to You tabs
01Frankie and Albert tabbass tab
02Jim Jones tabbass tab
04Canadee-I-O tabbass tab
06Little Maggie tabbass tab
07Hard Times tabbass tab
10Arthur McBride tabbass tab
12Diamond Joe tabbass tab
13Froggie Went A-Courtin' tabbass tab

 

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