TANGLED UP IN BLUE
[D] Early one morning the [C] sun was shinin',
[D] I was layin' in [C] bed.
[D] Wonderin' if she [C] changed at all,
if her [G] hair was still red.
[D] Her folks said our [C] lives together
[D] sure was gonna be [C] rough.
[D] They never did like mama's [C] homemade
Papa's [G] bankbook wasn't big enough.
[A] I was standin' on the [Bm] side of
the road, [D] Rain fallin' on my [G] shoes.
[A] Headin' out for the [Bm]east coast,
Lord [D] knows I've paid some dues
Gettin' [A] through, [C] tangled [G] up in [D] blue. [Dsus][D][Dsus]
[D] She was married when [C] we first met,
[D] soon to be di-[C]-vorced
[D] I helped her out of a [C] jam I guess
but I [G] used a little too much force.
We [D] drove that car as [C] far as we
could, [D] abandoned it out [C] west.
[D] Split up up on a [C] dark sad night
both [G] agreein' it was best.
[A] She turned around to [Bm] look at me,
as [D] I was walkin' [G] away.
I [A] heard her say over my [Bm] shoulder
"We'll [D] meet again some day
On the aven-[A]-ue", [C] tangled [G] up in [D] blue. [Dsus][D][Dsus]
[D] I had a job in the [C] Great North
Woods [D] workin' as a cook for a [C] spell
But I [D] never did like it [C] all that
much and one [G] day the axe just fell.
So I [D] drifted down to [C] New Orleans
where I was [D] lucky 'nough to be em-[C]-ployed
[D] Workin' for a while on a [C] fishing
boat right [G] outside Delacroix.
But [A] all the while I [Bm] was alone,
the [D] past was close [G] behind
[A] I met a lot of [Bm] women, but she
[D]never escaped my mind
And I just [A]grew [C] tangled [G]
up in [D] blue. [Dsus][D][Dsus]
[D] She was workin' in a [C] topless place
when I [D] stopped in for a [C] beer.
I [D] just kept lookin' at the [C] side
of her face in the [G] spot light so clear.
[D] Later on as the [C] crowd thinned out
I was [D] just about to do the [C] same.
She was [D] standin' there in [C] back
of my chair sayin'
"[G] Tell me, don't I know your name?"
[A] I muttered something under-[Bm]-neath
She [D] studied the lines on my [G]
I [A] must admit I was a [Bm] little uneasy
when she [D] bent down to tie the lace
On my [A] shoe. [C] Tangled [G]
up in [D] blue. [Dsus][D][Dsus]
[D] She lit a burner [C] on the stove and
[D] offered me a [C] pipe.
"I [D] thought you'd never say [C] hello"
she said; "You [G] look like the silent type."
[D] Then she opened up a [C] book of poems
and [D] handed it to [C] me.
[D] Written by an [C] Italian poet from
the [G] 13th century.
And [A] everyone of those [Bm] words rang
And [D] glowed like a burnin' [G] coal.
[A] Flowing off of [Bm] every page like
it was [D] written in my soul
From me to [A] you. [C] tangled [G] up in [D] blue. [Dsus][D][Dsus]
[D] I lived with them on [C] Montague Street
in a [D] basement down the [C] stairs.
There was [D] music in the [C] cafes at
night and revo-[G]-lution in the air.
[D] Then he started into [C] dealing in
And [D] somethin' inside of him [C]died.
She [D] had to sell every-[C]-thing she
owned and [G] just froze up inside.
[A] Then at last when the [Bm] bottom fell
out, [D] I became with-[G]-drawn.
The [A] only thing I knew [Bm] how to do
was to [D] keep on keepin' on
Like a bird that [A]flew [C] tangled [G] up in [D] blue. [Dsus][D][Dsus]
[D] Now I'm going [C] back again, I've
got to [D] get to her some-[C]-how.
[D] All the people we [C] used to know
they're an [G] illusion to me now.
[D] Some are mathema-[C]-ticians, [D] some are carpenter's [C]wives.
[D] Don't know how it all got [C] started;
I don't know [G] what they're doin' with their lives.
But [A] me I'm still [Bm] on the road,
[D] headin' for another [G] joint.
[D] We always did [Bm] feel the same, we
just [D] saw it from a different point
Of [A] view. [C] tangled [G]
up in [D] blue. [Dsus][D][Dsus][D]