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Bob Dylan My Back Pages

Here on this Bob Dylan My Back Pages page you'll find a collection of demo covers, rhythm tips, chord sheets and full lesson tutorials available for purchase if required.

This is section 1 of 2 Bob Dylan pages. For more Dylan, see sections 2 here.

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1. Abandoned Love

Abandoned Love was first recorded in 1975 and was intended for the "Desire" album, but was shelved for 10 years. It became a track for his 1985 album "Biograph".

The song was never a single release and there is only one known live performance of the song by Dylan which was in Greenwich Village in 1975 at The Bitter End Cafe.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret (for me)
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, Em, Bm
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2. Blind Willie McTell

Blind Willie McTell was written by Dylan about the blue artist from the 1920s known as Blind Willie McTell. The song was recorded in 1983 but not released until 1991 on the album "The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3".

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes a little in the rhythm
  • Chords: Dm, A7, G, C, A#
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3. Forever Young

Forever Young was written in 1966 about his son Jesse Dylan. The tracked appeared on the Planet Waves album in 1974.

It was never released as a single in the US but a live version was released from a Tokyo live concert in 1978, but only to the European audiences.


  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up will work
  • Picking: a little
  • Chords: D, A/Db, Bm, G, A7sus, A7, A
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4. Gotta Serve Somebody

Gotta Serve Somebody is a track from Dylan's album "Slow Train Coming" which was released in 1979.

This track managed to make it to #24 in the US.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat in a quick shuffle
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C7, D7
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5. Jokerman

Jokerman was on of three tracks from the 1984 album "Infidels".

The track failed to chart anywhere.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat will work
  • Picking: a little in the rhythm
  • Chords: G, Gmaj7, Am7, D7, C/G, D, C, D/Gb, Em, Bm
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6. Just Like A Woman

Just Like A Woman is from the 1966 album entitled "Blonde On Blonde".

This track was released as a single and peaked at #28 in the US and #8 in Australia.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a little in the rhythm
  • Chords: D, G, A7, Bm, Gb
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7. Knocking On Heavens Door

Knocking On Heavens Door was a #10 in the US, #14 in the UK and hit #9 in Ireland when it was released as a single in 1973.

The track is from the album "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid".


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes in the rhythm
  • Chords: G, D, Am, C
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8. Lay Lady Lay

Lay Lady Lay hit the airwaves in 1969 and hails from the album "Nashville Skyline".

The song peaked at #7 in the US and #5 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, Dbm, G, Bm, E, A, Gbm
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9. License To Kill

License To Kill, not to be confused with a Gladys Knight song of the same name, is a track from the 1983 album "Infidels".

The song was never released as a single.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat with a few chops in the rhythm
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Bm, A, G, Em, A7
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10. Like A Rolling Stone

Like A Rolling Stone was a single release from Dylan in 1965 and can be found on his album "Highway 61 Revisited".

This song was a #1 in the US and a top 10 in several other countries.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, F, Dm, Em, G
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11. My Back Pages

My Back Pages was first released back in 1964 from the album "Another Side Of Bob Dylan". It can also be found on "The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration" album from 1993.

The song does not appeared to have been released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, Bm, Gbm, A7, A7sus 
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