Artist Irving Burgie
Album Jamaican Farewell - Single
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Intro:
  C         F         G         C
| / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / |

C
     Down the way
          F
Where the nights are gay
        G                       C
And the sun shines daily on the mountaintop
C                       F
     I took a trip on a sailing ship
           G                 C
And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop

But I’m…


C                      F
        Sad to say I’m on my way
G                      C
     Won’t be back for many a day
   C
My heart is down
           F
My head is turning around
         G                      C
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
C                   F
     Sad to say I’m on my way
G                      C
     Won’t be back for many a day
   C
My heart is down
           F
My head is turning around
         G                      C
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town


C                        F
      Sounds of laughter everywhere
        G                   C
And the dancing girls swing to and fro
C                           F
     I must declare that my heart is there
            G                  C
Though I’ve been from Maine to Mexico

But I’m…


C                   F
     Sad to say I’m on my way
G                      C
     Won’t be back for many a day
   C
My heart is down
           F
My head is turning around
         G                      C
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
C                   F
     Sad to say I’m on my way
G                      C
     Won’t be back for many a day
   C
My heart is down
           F
My head is turning around
         G                      C
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town


C                       F
     Down at the market you can hear
       G                      C
Ladies cry out while on their heads they bear
                   F
Ackee, rice, salt, fish are nice
        G               C
And the rum is fine any time of year

But I’m…


C                   F
     Sad to say I’m on my way
G                      C
     Won’t be back for many a day
   C
My heart is down
           F
My head is turning around
         G                      C
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
C                   F
     Sad to say I’m on my way
G                      C
     Won’t be back for many a day
  C
My heart is down
           F
My head is turning around
         G                      C
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town


C
     Down the way
          F
Where the nights are gay
        G                       C
And the sun shines daily on the mountaintop
C                       F
     I took a trip on a sailing ship
           G                 C
And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop

But I’m…

C                    F
      Sad to say I’m on my way
G                      C
     Won’t be back for many a day
   C
My heart is down
           F
My head is turning around
         G                      C
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
C                   F
     Sad to say I’m on my way
G                      C
     Won’t be back for many a day
   C
My heart is down
           F
My head is turning around
         G                      F    G   C    F C
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
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Uke_James_Uke
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This is a great song that is perfect for beginners to play and sing

The strum works well with the traditional strum D DU UDU. As you learn it, begin to put the emphasis on D and the first U, or just the first U

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