Jokerman Uke tab by Bob Dylan

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A chordA Asus4 chordAsus4 A chordA
Standing on the waters casting your bread
Bm chordBm E7 chordE7 A chordA
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing
A chordA Asus4 chordAsus4 A chordA
Distant ships sailing into the mist
Bm chordBm E7 chordE7 A chordA
You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing
Bm chordBm E7 chordE7 A chordA
Freedom just around the corner for you
Bm chordBm E7 chordE7 A chordA Asus4 chordAsus4 D chordD
But with the truth so far off what good will it do
E7 chordE7 D chordD
Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
A chordA F#m chordF#m D chordD
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
A chordA D chordD E7 chordE7 A chordA
Oh oh oh Jokerman


So swiftly the sun sets in the sky
You rise up and say goodbye to no one
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Both of their futures so full of dread you don't show one
Shedding off one more layer of skin
Keeping one step ahead of the persecutor within
Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh oh oh Jokerman

You're a man of the mountains you can walk on the clouds
Manipulator of crowds you're a dream twister
You're going to Sodom and Gomorrah
But what do you care Ain't nobody there would want to marry your sister
Friend to the martyr a friend to the woman of shame
You look into the fiery furnace see the rich man without any name
Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh oh oh Jokerman

Well the Book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy
The law of the jungle and the sea are your only teachers
In the smoke of the twilight on a milk-white steed
Michelangelo indeed could've carved out your features
Resting in the fields far from the turbulent space
Half asleep near the stars with a small dog licking your face
Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh oh oh Jokerman

Well the rifleman's stalking the sick and the lame
Preacherman seeks the same who'll get there first is uncertain
Nightsticks and water cannons tear gas padlocks
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain
False-hearted judges dying in the webs that they spin
Only a matter of time 'til night comes steppin' in
Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh oh oh Jokerman

It's a shadowy world skies are slippery gray
A chordA woman just gave birth to a prince today and dressed him in scarlet
He'll put the priest in his pocket put the blade to the heat
Take the motherless children off the street
And place them at the feet of a harlot
Oh Jokerman you know what he wants
Oh Jokerman you don't show any response
Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh oh oh Jokerman

 

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About this song

“Jokerman” from the 1983 album Infidels is one of Dylan’s most analysed songs. It is perhaps a culmination of all the grand themes Dylan was wrestling with at the time – labelled his post-evangelical period by some commentators. Intentionally or unintentionally, Dylan perpetuated the confusion with the image of the Joker. The Joker is a special card found in most modern decks of playing cards that has its origins in the court jester of the middle ages and the Fool of the Tarot card deck. Read more on Last.fm.