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