All Along The Watchtower chords by Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)

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All Along The Watchtower | Chords + Lyrics (tune down 1/2 step)


| N.C G ||: C#m B | A B :|| x4

Verse 1

||: C#m B | A B :||
There must be some kind of way outta here.
Said the joker to the thief.
There’s too much confusion.
I can’t get no relief.

Verse 2

||: C#m B | A B :||
Businessmen they, they drink my wine.
Plowmen dig my earth.
None will level on the line.
Nobody offered his word, hey, hey.

Solo 1

||: C#m B | A B :|| x4

Verse 3

||: C#m B | A B :||
No reason to get excited.
The thief, he kindly spoke.
There are many here among us.
Who feel that life is but a joke. But, uh.

Verse 4

||: C#m B | A B :||
But you and I, we’ve been through that.
And this is not our fate.
So let us stop talkin’ falsely now.
The hour’s getting late, hey.

Solo 2

||: C#m B | A B :|| x16

Verse 5

||: C#m B | A B :||
Oh, all along the watchtower.
Princes kept the view.
While all the women came and went.
Barefoot servants, too. Well, look.

Verse 6

||: C#m B | A B :||
Outside in the cold distance.
A wildcat did growl.
Two riders were approaching.
And the wind began to howl, hey.

Solo 3

||: C#m B | A B :|| x8 repeat to fade
All along the watchtower…

All Along The Watchtower’s chords and progressions

Jimi Hendrix‘s version of Bob Dylan‘s All Along The Watchtower is, in my opinion, the best recording ever made. At the time it came out, the way the guitars were layered was groundbreaking.

There are so many licks in there to learn from, it can only be compared with other great tunes such as Wish You Were Here, Stairway To Heaven, Sultans Of Swing, and Hotel California.

Played over the super simple, and common, chord progression of VI – V – IV – V (incidentally, the same as Stairway (Am) and Sultans (Dm)!) in the key of C#m, this spells:

||: C#m B | A B :||

This type of chord progression is very popular for guitar solos, look up any Iron Maiden tune and you’ll hear them wailing over this, usually in Em. It just works so well for blanket-scale solos.

Jimi wasn’t the only artist to cover All Along The Watchtower, although it would probably be fair to say that everyone else did it because of him! Even Bob admitted he preferred Jimi’s version over his own.

In the playlist above, I’ve included Dave Matthews Band, U2, Jeff Healey, Eric Clapton with Lenny Kravitz, and of course, Bob’s original version!

There’s also a lesson in there on how to play all those little licks that Jimi so perfectly crafted on this legendary recording.

Should you be playing along to Jimi’s version, I’ve found that apart from tuning down a 1/2 step, setting the tuner slightly sharp, to 444 Hz really got me to the same frequency as Jimi.

If you don’t want to tune down your guitar, try the Digitech drop pedal, it’ll get the job done.

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