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Chords in this song

A# chordA chordEm chordC chordF chord

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