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Four Strong Winds

Summary

Ian Tyson/Warner Brother Music
Recorded by Bob Dylan and The Band during The Basement Tapes sessions, 1967
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem (thanks to Karla in Kansas for correction)

Capo 2nd fret (sounding key A major)

Album Version

G

            G               Am
Four strong winds that blow lonely,
      D7            G
Seven seas that run high,
          C                 Am                D7
All these things that won't change, Come what may.
        G                  Am
But our good times are all gone,
        D7               G
And I'm bound for moving on.
          C              Am             D7
I'll look for you if you ever come this way.
Think I'll go out to Alberta,
Weather's good there in the fall.
Got some friends that I can go to working for,
Still I wish you'd change your mind
If I asked you one more time,
But we've been through that a hundred times or more.
Four strong winds that blow lonely,
Seven seas that run high,
All these things that don't change, Come what may.
But our good times are all gone,
And I'm bound for moving on.
I'll look for you if you ever come this way.
[hm hm hm]
down the lonely [...]
[and the wind that carries ...]
[hm hm hm] would be springtime
and not much for you to do,
So I'll see you when I pass this way again
Four strong winds that blow lonely,
Seven seas that run high,
All these things that don't change, Come what may.
But our good times are all gone,
And I'm bound for moving on.
I'll look for you if you ever come this way.

Album Version

Ian and Sylvia's last verse, which is a little more clear than Dylan's...:

If I get there before the snow flies,
And if things are looking good,
You could meet me if I sent you down the fare.
But by then it would be winter,
Not too much for you to do
And the winds sure can blow cold way out there.