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/ Bob Dylan / Empire Burlesque (1985) / Dark Eyes guitar tab

Dark Eyes
Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on Empire Burlesque (1985)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem


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In Dylan behind closed doors, The recording sessions [1960-1994] Clinton Heylin
says about the guitar playing on this song:

Even after Dylan had written the song, the guitar part proved problematic as he
repeatedly hit the wrong strings accidentally in the studio. With only three strings
necessary for what is actually a rather trite melody, the other three strings were
taped down, at which point Dylan finally got the song on tape (p.161).

This is complete nonsense, which more or less confirms my suspicion that Heylin hasn't
really listened carefully enough to the things he writes off. Dylan uses all six strings,
hits "wrong" bass notes, but so consistently and clearly that it definitely is the way he
wanted it to sound. It's odd, though, with that open 4th string throughout most of the song.

What is special is that all the strings are tuned down one whole step, so that what is
really a song in G major, is played as if in A major.

I'm not dead certain about all this – especially the choices of positions for the chords
in the first measure (and corresponding). It sounds as if he plays it as written below,
but the more natural thing would be to play -655 -454 -655. You decide. If you come up
with a better solution, pleast let me know

Chords (the roman numerals refer to the fret position):
Most of these chords have a d in the bass; see tab for fingerings

Av     xx0655  (i.e. A/d)
Eiv    xx0454 or x7x454
Eix    x7999x

    A       Av  E   A     D       E         A   Av  E   A     D       A
  .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|---0-|-----5---0---0---|-2-------0-------|-0---5---0---0---|(2)--------------|
|---2-|-----5---0---2---|-3-------0-------|-2---5---0---2---|-3-------2-------|
|---2-|-----6---1---2---|-2-------1-------|-2---6---1---2---|-2-------2-------|
|-----|---0---0---0---0-|---0---------2---|-------0---0---0-|---0-0-----------|
|-----|-0---------------|---------------0-|-----------------|-------0-------0-|
|-----|-----------------|-------0---------|-----------------|-----------------|

  A   Av  E   A     D       E         A   Av  E   A     D       A
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-0---5---4---5---|-2-------0-------|-0---5---0---0---|-2-------0-------|
|-2---5---5---5---|-3-------0-------|-2---5---0---2---|-3-------2-------|
|-2---6---4---6---|-2-------1-------|-2---6---1---2---|-2---2---2-------|
|---0---0---0---0-|---0-------2-----|-------0---0---0-|---0---0---------|
|-----------------|---------------0-|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-------0---------|-----------------|-----------------|

     Eix  Av  Aix Av    D       Eiv       Eiv Av  Aix Av    D       Eiv
      :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
----|-----5---9---5---|-2-------4-------|-4---5---9---5---|-2-------4-------|
----|-9---5--10---5---|-3---3---5-------|-5---5--10---5---|-3---3---5-------|
----|-9---6---9---6---|-2-2-----4-------|-4---6---9---6---|-2-2-----4-------|
----|-9-----0---0---0-|-----------------|-------0---0---0-|-----------------|
-/7-|-----------------|-------7-------7-|---0-------------|-------7---------|
----|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
      I  live in  an -  o-ther world where life and death are memorized

        A  Av Eiv Av  D  E            A    Av  Eiv     Av     D    A
Oh, the gentlemen are talking and the midnight moon is on the riverside,
        A    Av  Eiv Av D   E       A  Av Eiv  Av  D     A
They're drinking up and walking and it is time for me to slide.
Evii Av   Aix Av D    E           Evii Av  Aix   Av  D    E
I    live in  another world where life and death are memorized,
          A     Av Eiv    Av   D       E          A  Av Eiv Av  D    A
Where the earth is strung with lovers' pearls and all I see are dark eyes.

A cock is crowing far away and another soldier's deep in prayer,
Some mother's child has gone astray, she can't find him anywhere.
But I can hear another drum beating for the dead that rise,
Whom nature's beast fears as they come and all I see are dark eyes.

They tell me to be discreet for all intended purposes,
They tell me revenge is sweet and from where they stand, I'm sure it is.
But I feel nothing for their game where beauty goes unrecognized,
All I feel is heat and flame and all I see are dark eyes.

Oh, the French girl, she's in paradise and a drunken man is at the wheel,
Hunger pays a heavy price to the falling gods of speed and steel.
Oh, time is short and the days are sweet and passion rules the arrow that flies,
A million faces at my feet but all I see are dark eyes.


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
Empire Burlesque tabs
03I'll Remember You tabbass tab
04Clean Cut Kid tabbass tab
07Emotionally Yours tabbass tab
10Dark Eyes tabbass tab

 

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