Composta e pubblicata nella sua versione originale da Bob Dylan nel novembre 1967, All Along The Watchtower è per lo più conosciuta per la versione di appena sei mesi dopo incisa da Jimi Hendrix con gli Experience per il loro terzo ed ultimo album di inediti intitolato Electric Ladyland.
Basti pensare che questo pezzo è quello più presente in tutti i live show di Bob Dylan dal 1968 fino ad oggi e che, nonostante ne sia l’autore, lui stesso esegue da sempre questa versione reinterpretata. Dylan ha difatti dichiarato di esserne stato così colpito da avere ogni volta l’impressione di suonarla come “un pezzo di Hendrix”, piuttosto che del proprio repertorio.
Fu invece per Jimi Hendrix una canzone piuttosto travagliata, in quanto in fase d’incisione pareva non soddisfarlo mai: la registrò tantissime volte prima di pubblicarla, ogni volta diversamente da quella prima, talvolta addirittura combinando parti da ben 16 sue pre-registrazioni differenti; pare che si convinse della sua stesura definitiva solo a forza di riascoltarla.
Il magazine americano Rolling Stone l’ha piazzata al 48esimo posto tra le canzoni più belle di sempre, mentre quello britannico Total Guitar l’ha eletta la miglior cover di tutti i tempi.

Testo con gli accordi più la tablatura per chitarra.

Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower Guitar Tab Chords Chitarra

Intro:
acoustic 12-string:
(B B C#m C#m C#m C#m
B B A A A A)2x

then play C#m B A B throughout

----------------------------------------------------------------
-----12--14(16)-14(16)-14(16)-14(16)~~---14(16)14-12------------
--/13------------------------------------------------11(13)-11~-
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------

-----------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------12(14)~\-
-----9-11--11(13)-11-11(13)~--11(13)11--9---11-11p9--------------
-/11------------------------------------------------11-----------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------

sample verse fills:
C#m           B      A    B
-------------------------------------------------------------
-----5-------7p5--------------5/7\5--------------------------
-----4-6p4-------4---2--------4/5\4--OR---2h4p2-----4h6p4----
-4h6-----------------2----4/6-------------------4/6-------6--
---------------------0---------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------

solo 1:
--9-----------------------------------------------------------
-12(14)~---12(14)-12p9-----------------------------12-14(16)~-
-----------------------11-9-11(13)~~-------9-11/13------------
--------------------------------------9h11--------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------

-----------------------------------------
-14p12----14(17)~--14(17)14p12----14-12~-
-------13----------------------13--------
-----------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------

----------------9--------9-----------9-----------------------------
--------------9---12(14)---12-9----9---12-9------------------------
-----9-11(13)-------------------12----------12-11-9----11(13)--9~~-
-/11------------------------------------------------11-------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Solo 2:
---------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------12(14)(14)(14)(14)12-9-
----------------------9-9--9-9/11------------------------------
-----9-11-11p9----/11-------------11~~-------------------------
--11-----------11----------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------------------9--------12-14(16)~-
-------------------------------------------9----12/14------------
-11-9-11(13)-11(13)~--11(13)11p9----11(13)-----------------------
---------------------------------11------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------

-14(16)14p12-14-14(16)-14-12----12----------------------
-----------------------------14----14(16)14(16)-14(16)~-
--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------
                                 slide&delay  octavia
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-14-14(16)-14-14(16)-14-----------15\\\\\2-----------------------------
------------------------13~~-------------------------------9//11-9-----
----------------------------------15\\\\\2---4//11--11//14---------11~-
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

-----------------------------------
-11//14----------------------------
----------9/11--11//13--11--9--11\-
-11//14----------------------------
-----------------------------------
-----------------------------------
wawa
-12--12/14--14/16--16/19--19\-----------9----9------------9--------------
--------------------------------------9---12---9--------9---12-9---------
--9---9/11--11/13--13/16--16\--11(13)------------11(13)----------11(13)~-
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------9--------9-11-9------9-11-9----------9-
-12(14)---12(14)--------9-12--------9-12(14)---
-----------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------

-------9-----------------------9--------9------------------
-12(14)-----------------12(14)---12(14)----14(16)(16)(16)\-
---------11(13)-11-9-11------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------

-11--9-9-9-9-9------7--9p7-7-----5------------------
--9--9-9-9-9-9------7--7-7-7-----5--/8-8-8-8-/10-10-
----------------6/8-----------/6----/9-9-9-9-/11-11-
----------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------

------9-9-11p9-9\----------9p7-7----5--5---------------
------9-9----9-9\-------7--7---7----5--5---x-x-x-x-x-x-
--------------------/8--8--8---8--/6-------------------
-10/11-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------

-----9--11p9--9--9-----7-9p7-7-----5--------------------
-----9---9-9--9--9-----7-7-7-7-----5--8-8-8-8/10-10/13\-
--------------------/8----------/6----9-9-9-9/11-11/14\-
-/11----------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------

--------9-9-9-9-9-9-9--------11-11-11-11--------12-12-12-12-
-12(14)---------------14(16)-------------15(17)-------------
------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------

--------14-14-14-14-------16-16-16-16--------16-
-17(19)-------------19(21)------------19(21)----
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------

outro:
   3x
-||0-0-0-0-||-0-0---------9--9-9-9-9---9-9---------9-9-9-9-9~-
-||0-0-0-0-||-0-0--12(14)-------------------12(14)------------
-||6-6-6-6-||-------------------------------------------------
-||7-7-7-7-||-------------------------------------------------
-||--------||-------------------------------------------------
-||--------||-------------------------------------------------

--------11-11-11-11-----11-12-11-----------11--------9-9-9-9-9---
-14(16)--------------14----------14-14(16)----12(14)-------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------

-9-9-9-9-9-9----------11-11-11-11-11--------12-12-12-12-12-12-12-
---------------14(16)----------------15(17)----------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
                                                      16x
--------14-14-14-14-14-14-------16-16-16-16-16-16-||19(21)-(21)-(21)||
-16(18)-------------------19(21)------------------||----------------||
--------------------------------------------------||----------------||
--------------------------------------------------||----------------||fade
--------------------------------------------------||----------------||
--------------------------------------------------||----------------||

C#m            B              A          B
There must be some kind a way outta 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
I can't get no relief

Business men they drink my wine plowmen dig my earth
None will level on the vine nobody of it is worth Hey!

(solo 1)

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 hours gettin' late.

(solo 2)

All along the watchtower princes kept the view
While all the women came and went bare feet servants too
Outside in the cold distance a wild cat did growl
Two riders were approaching and the wind began to howl

(outro)

fade out

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