Easy Songs to Love to Play on Guitar: Restless Farewell, Dylan

I thought I would do a series of easy songs that it is a joy to play on the guitar. Kicking off with Dylan’s Restless Farewell. I have tried to simplify as much as possible, I’m not into tabbing out the hammer on’s – if you are there with your playing you don’t need me to tell you. I am more interested in giving people some ideas of songs to play to help them stay motivated in learning to play the guitar. The lyrics here differ from the official ones…incidentally I think these are much superior. There is something elegantly longing and youthful about this song, something charming and hopeful. I see a lot of Kerouac in these early recordings, which I suppose is what the kid was going for…

I’m happy to take requests if people want to submit them below.

If you are just learning and haven’t managed to learn to pick the chords, yet, a simple emphatic down-stroke sounds right, again if you are just learning, coming from that Am to the C, remember you just have to move one finger to the A string on the third fret, don’t move your whole hand! Capo on the 5th fret!

C                                            F                       C
Oh all the money that in my whole life I did spend
G                G7         C
Be it mine right or wrongfully
C                   F                 C
I'd let it slip gladly to my friends
G                    G7            C
To tie up the time most forcefully
C                        F    C        C        F              C
But the bottles are done, we've killed each one
Am            C                     F
And the table is full and overflowed
C             F         C    C             F         C
And the corner sign says it's closing time
F               C                  G        C
So Ill bid farewell and be down the road.

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