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Chords in this song

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


  • 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.”

  • 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

  • CrashLanders11 says:

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

  • 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”

  • 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.

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