All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

All Along The Watchtower was of course written by Bob Dylan but Hendrix made the song his own in the minds of most guitarists.

This version is not an exact version of the original.  That version contains lots of guitars playing all sorts of wonderful things.  This is just the way most people play it.  The rhythm is really a mixture of all the parts you hear in the original.

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Chords

Strum Pattern

There are 4 beats to the bar in this piece.

INTRO PATTERN
This strum pattern is in quavers and starts on beat 4.
Stroke: ||: D U |D U D U D U :||
Count: ||: 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + :||
Perc:
MAIN PATTERN
This strum pattern is in semiquavers and starts on beat 1.
Stroke: D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U
Count: 1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a

Lyrics

Verse 1
Cm          2        Bb        4       |Ab      2      3  Bb  4 
     There  must be  some kind of way   out of  here
            Said the joker     to  the  thief
    There's too much     con-     fu-  sion
        I   can't    get no    relief
Cm 2 Bb 4 |Ab 2 3 Bb 4 Busi -nessman they drink my wine, Plow -man dig my earth None will level on the line,
no -body offered his word, hey" "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 you and I, we've been through that And this is not our fate So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late" All along the watchtower Princes kept the view While all the women came and went Barefoot servants, too Outside in the cold distance A wildcat did growl Two riders were approaching And the wind began to howl