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Chords in this song

A# chordA chordAm chordC chordF chord

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Intro: FF chord
 
FF chord           CC chord                      FF chord 
In constant sorrow all through his days 
 
 
FF chord                      BbBb chord
I AmAm chord AA chord Man Of Constant Sorrow 
          CC chord              FF chord
I've seen trouble all my day. 
                         BbBb chord
I bid farewell to old Kentucky 
                CC chord              FF chord
The place where I was born and raised. 
                CC chord               FF chord
The place where he was born and raised 
 
 
FF chord                               BbBb chord
For six long years I've been in trouble 
             CC chord               FF chord
No pleasures here on earth I found 
                               BbBb chord
For in this world I'm bound to ramble 
          CC chord                  FF chord
I have no friends to help me now. 
          CC chord                   FF chord
He has no friends to help him now 
 
 
FF chord                          BbBb chord
It's fare thee well my old lover 
          CC chord                FF chord
I never expect to see you again 
                                    BbBb chord
For I'm bound to ride that northern railroad 
             CC chord             FF chord
Perhaps I'll die upon this train. 
              CC chord             FF chord
Perhaps he'll die upon this train. 
 
 
FF chord                            BbBb chord
You can bury me in some deep valley 
         CC chord                 FF chord
For many years where I may lay 
                            BbBb chord
Then you may learn to love another 
           CC chord              FF chord
While I am sleeping in my grave. 
            CC chord               FF chord
While he is sleeping in his grave. 
 
 
FF chord                                   BbBb chord
Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger 
               CC chord            FF chord
My face you'll never see no more. 
                                 BbBb chord
But there is one promise that is given 
              CC chord               FF chord
I'll meet you on God's golden shore. 
               CC chord               FF chord
He'll meet you on God's golden shore..

This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.

6 Comments

  • hoosiercheetah says:

    So, where do the A and Am come in?

    • CrashLanders11 says:

      I think there must be a program on the site that reads the chords and puts the pictures up, if you notice the first ‘am a’ in the song are red so they are being read as chords not words. Dunno if that is how the site works mind you.

  • Mary says:

    It sounds like it should be more in a minor key – it supposed to be more somber (constant sorrow). These chords are too “happy”

  • CrashLanders11 says:

    -1 if you want it to be in the right key to play along to film version.

  • Your Friend says:

    I like it! I’m using this as a farewell song. I’m moving down to Texas from wv-close to Texas

  • Georgia678 says:

    Definitely most of the chords should be changed to minor chords. I have a beginning ukulele book that has this song, also with major chords listed. I know it’s an old traditional bluegrass song, so I’m wondering if the original version was indeed major, but somewhere along the way it changed to the minor version we all know from “O Brother.”

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