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Chords in this song

A# chordA chordEbm chordC chordF chord

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