Changing of the Guards Bob Dylan Em Sixteen years, G D Em Sixteen banners united over the field C D Where a good Shepard grieves. Em G D Desperate men, desperate women divided, Em D C G Spreading their wings 'neath the falling leaves Em Fortune calls G D Em I stepped forth from the shadows, to the marketplace, C D Em Merchants and thieves, hungry for power, my last deal gone down. G D Em She's smelling sweet like the meadows where she was born C D G On midsummer's eve, near the tower. Em The cold-blooded moon G D The captain waits above the celebration Em C D Sending his thoughts to a beloved maid Em G D Whose ebony face is beyond communication. Em C D G he captain is down but still believing that his love will be repaid. Em They shaved her head. G D She was torn between Jupiter and Apollo. Em G D A messenger arrived with a black nightingale. Em G D I seen her on the stairs and I couldn't help but follow, Em D C G Follow her down past the fountain where they lifted her veil. Em I stumbled to my feet G D I rode past the destruction in the ditches Em C D With the stitches still mending 'neath the heart shaped tattoo. Em G D Renegade priests and treacherous young witches Em D C G Were handing out the flowers that I'd given to you. Em The palace of mirrors G D Where dog solders are reflected, Em C G The endless road and the wailing of chimes Em G D The empty rooms where her memory is protected Em D C G Where the angels' voices whisper to the souls of previous times. Em She wakes him up G D Forty-eight hours later, the sun is breaking Em C D Near broken chains, mountain laurel and rolling rock. Em G D She's begging to know what measures he now will be taking. Em D C G He's pulling her down and she's clutching on to his long golden locks. Em Gentlemen, he said, G D Em I don't need your organization, I've shined your shoes, C D I've moved your mountains, and marked your cards Em C D But Eden is burning, either brace yourself for elimination Em D C G Or else your hearts must have the courage for the changing of the guards Em Peace will come G D Em With tranquility and splendor on the wheels of fire C D Em But will bring us no reward when her false idols fall G D Em And cruel death surrenders with it's pale ghosts retreating D C G Between the King and Queen of Swords These are the chord shapes you would use when you have a capo on the first fret. I think this makes the song much easyer.