All Along The Watchtower ʻUkulele Chords By Bob Dylan

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All Along The Watchtower is a simple song on the ʻukulele that would be a great first look at the sound of a minor key for a beginner.

I’m partial to Jimi Hendrix’s version of the song – probably one of the best covers ever – but since Dylan wrote it we’ll put his name in the credits.

Play it like Jimi

If you want to play All Along The Watchtower on your ʻukulele in the style of Hendrix, the chords will be in the key of C minor. Just move what’s written down a half step from C#m, B, A to Cm, Bb, Ab.

Here’s the intro picking (low-G string for the low notes):

A |--------------------------------------
E |----6-8-8b10-8b10-8b10-10r8-6---------
C |-/5---------------------------7-5-5-5-
G |--------------------------------------
A |------------------------------------
E |---------------------------------/8-
C |----3-5-5b7r-5b7-7r5-3---7h9p7------
G |-/5--------------------5-------8----

Then the bridge/break is just chords with some decoration notes on top:

A |-3-3-5p3-x-|-1-1-3p1-x-|—————–
E |-3-3-3—x-|-1-1-1—x-|-4-4-2-2-4-4-2-2-
C |-3-3-3—x-|-2-2-2—x-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-
G |-5-5-5—x-|-3-3-3—x-|-5-4-5-5-5-5-5-5-

Here’s a reference of ʻukulele chords if you get lost.

allalongAll Along The Watchtower ʻukulele chords
Bob Dylan
John Wesley Harding
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C#m             B        A         B    
"There must be some way out of here" 
C#m       B           A         B
Said the joker to the thief
C#m              B        A         B
"There's too much confusion, 
C#m     B           A         B
I can't get no relief.
C#m         B      A         B
Businessmen, they drink my wine, 
C#m       B        A         B
Plowmen dig my earth
C#m      B        A         B
None of them along the line 
C#m          B        A         B
Know what any of it is worth."

C#m  B  A  B  x4

C#m        B          A         B
"No reason to get excited," 
C#m            B         A         B
The thief, he kindly spoke
C#m        B          A         B
“There are many here among us 
C#m           B             A         B
Who feel that life is but a joke.
C#m           B        A               B
But you and I, we've been through that
C#m         B        A         B
And this is not our fate,
C#m        B            A         B
So let us not talk falsely now
C#m          B        A         B
The hour is getting late."

C#m  B  A  B  x4

C#m    B        A         B
All along the watchtower
C#m          B        A         B
The princess kept the view
C#m           B        A         B
While all the women came and went
C#m         B          A         B
Barefoot servants, too
C#m     B           A         B
Outside in the cold distance 
C#m   B        A         B
A wildcat did growl
C#m        B            A         B
Two riders were approaching
        C#m      B        A         B
And the wind began to howl

C#m  B  A  B

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