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Life is Like a Mountain Railway

Life is [G]like a mountain railway
With an [C]Engineer that's [G]brave
We must make the run successful
From the [A]cradle to the [D]grave
Watch the [G]Hills, the curves, and tunnels
Never [C]falter, never [G]fail
Keep your hands upon the throttle
And your [D]eyes upon the [G]rail

Chorus:
Blessed [C]Saviour thou wilt [G]guide us
Till we reach that blissful [D]shore
Where the [G]angels come to [C]join us
In God's [G]grace fo[D]rever [G]more

As you roll across the trestle
Spanning Jordan's swelling tide
You behold the Union depot
Into which your train will glide
There you'll meet the superintendent
God, the Father, God the son
With a hearty, joyous plaudit
Weary Pilgrim welcome home

Chorus

Little Maggie

Over [G]yonder stands little [F]Maggie
With a [G]dram glass [D]in her [G]hand
She's drinking away her [F]troubles
And [G]courting [D]another [G]man

Oh how can I ever stand it,
Just to see them two blue eyes
A-shining in the moonlight
Like two diamonds in the skies

Pretty flowers were made for blooming
Pretty stars were made to shine
Pretty women were made for loving
Little Maggie was made for mine

Last time I saw little Maggie
She was setting on the banks of the sea
With a forty-four around her
And a banjo on her knee

Lay down your last gold dollar
Lay down your gold watch and chain
Little Maggie's gonna dance for Daddy
Listen to this old Banjo ring

I'm going down to the station
With my suitcase in my hand
I'm going away for to leave you
I'm going to some far distant land

Go away, Go away Little Maggie
Go and do the best you can
I'll get me another woman
You can get you another man
 
 

Little White Church

There's a [G]little white church in the valley
That [C]stands in my memory each [G]day
And it seems I can hear the bells now ringing
Though [A]I am many miles a[D]way
And [G]many times in church on Sunday morning
That [C]whole countryside would gather [G]there
They would all kneel down by the altar
As they [D]lifted up their voices in [G]prayer

Chorus:
Oh the church in the valley, oh, that [C]little white church
Is the [G]place I love so [D]well
Now I'm [G]sad and lonely, yes I'm [C]sad and lonely
For that [G]little white [D]church in the [G]dell

They would sing the old song Rock of Ages
Oh Christ, let me hid myself in thee
And I know some of them are now waiting
Just o'er the dark and stormy sea.
I know that troubles all are ended
And happy forever they will be
They are waiting and watching up yonder
For the coming home of you and me.

Chorus

The Long Black Veil

[G]Ten years ago on a cold dark night
There was [D]someone killed 'neath the [C]town hall [G]light
There were few at the scene, but they all agree
That the [D]slayer who ran, looked a [C]lot like [G]me
The judge said, "Son, what is your alibi,"
"If you were [D]somewhere else then [C]you don't have to [G]die"
I spoke not a word, though it meant my life
For I had [D]been in the arms of my [C]best friends [G]wife

Chorus:
She [C]walks these [G]hills
In a [C]long black [G]veil
She [C]visits my [D]grave
When the [C]night winds [G]wail
Nobody knows, [C]nobody [G]sees,
[C]Nobody [D]knows but [G]me

The scaffold's high and eternity near
She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
But sometimes at night when the cold wind moans
In a long black veil, she cries o'er my bones

Chorus

Nobody knows but me

Mama Don't 'Low

[G]Mama don't 'low no banjo playing round here
Mama don't 'low no banjo playing round [D]here
Well, [G]I don't care what Mama don't 'low
Gonna [C]play my banjo anyhow
Mama don't 'low no [D]banjo playing round [G]here

Mama don't 'low no guitar playing round here
Mama don't 'low no guitar playing round here
Well, I don't care what Mama don't 'low
Gonna play my guitar anyhow
Mama don't 'low no guitar playing round here

Mama don't 'low no talking round here
Mama don't 'low no talking round here
Well, I don't care what Mama don't 'low
Gonna shoot my mouth off anyhow
Mama don't 'low no talking round here

Mama don't 'low no singing round here
Mama don't 'low no singing round here
Well, I don't care what Mama don't 'low
Gonna sing my head off anyhow
Mama don't 'low no singing round here
 
 

Man of Constant Sorrow
Capo 3

[D]I am a man of constant [G]sorrow
I've seen [A]trouble all my [D]days
I bid farewell to old [G]Kentucky
The state where [A]I was borned and [D]raised
(The state where [A]I was borned and [D]raised)

For six long years I've been in trouble
No pleasure here on earth I find
For in this world I'm bound to ramble
I have no friends to help me now
(I have no friends to help me now)

It's fare thee well my own true lover
I never expect to see you again
For I'm bound to ride that northern railroad
Perhaps I'll die upon this train
(Perhaps I'll die upon this train)

You can bury me in some deep valley
For many years where I may lay
Then you may learn to love another
While I am sleeping in my grave
(While I am sleeping in my grave)

Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger
My face you'll never see no more
But there is one promise that is given
I'll meet you on God's golden shore
(I'll meet you on God's golden shore)

Midnight On the Stormy Deep

Was Midnight [D]on the [A]stormy [D]deep
My solitary watch I keep
But to think of [G]her I left be[D]hind
And asked if she'd be [A]true and [D]kind

I never shall forget the day,
That I was forced to go away
In silence there my head she'd rest
And hold me to her loving breast

Oh Willie, don't go back to sea
There's other girls as good as me
But none can love you true as I
Pray don't go where the bullets fly

The deep, deep sea may us divide
And I may be some other's bride
But still my thoughts will sometimes stray
To thee when thou art far away

I never have proved false to thee
The heart I gave was true as thine
But you have proved untrue to me
I can no longer call thee mine

Then fare thee well, I'd rather make
My home upon some icy lake
Where the southern sun refuse to shine,
Than to trust a love so false as thine
 
New River Train

Chorus:
I'm [G]riding on that new river train
Riding on that new river [D]train
[G]Same old train that [C]brought me here
Gonna [G]take me [D]away [G]again

Darling, you can't love one
Darling, you can't love one
You can't love one and have any fun
Darling, you can't love one

Chorus

Darling, you can't love two
Darling, you can't love two
You can't love two and still be true
Darling, you can't love two

Chorus

Nine Pound Hammer

This nine pound [G]hammer is a little too [C]heavy
For my [G]size [D]buddy for my [G]size
Roll on buddy don't you roll so [C]slow
How can I [G]roll [D]when the wheels won't [G]go

It's a long way to Harlan
And a long way to Hazard
Just to get a little booze
Just to get a little booze

Oh, the nine pound hammer killed John Henry
Ain't gonna kill me
Ain't gonna kill me

There ain't one hammer down in this tunnel
That can ring like mine, that can ring like mine
Rings like silver, shines like gold
Rings like silver, shines like gold

Buddy when I'm long gone, won't you make my tombstone
Out of number nine coal, out of number nine coal

I'm going on the mountain, just to see my baby
And I ain't coming back, no I ain't coming back

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