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Come All You Fair And Tender Ladies Chords

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#-------------------------------PLEASE NOTE-------------------------------------#
# This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
# song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
Come All You Fair And Tender Ladies (Maidens)
Rosanne Cash  from The Songcatcher (traditional Appalachian music, sometimes known as 
Little Sparrow, performed by many artists, in different keys. Emmylou Harris, Peter, Paul 
and Mary, The Carter Family, Lumiere, Gene Clark, Dolly Pardon , Joan Baez etc)

(words from the Joan Baez version)


Come all ye fair and tender ladies.
Be careful how you court young men.
               Bm  E              A
They're like a star on a summer's morning.
               E   Bm    E            A    Asus4*
They'll first appear and then they're gone.

They'll tell you some loving story
They'll declare to you their love is true
               Bm  E               A
Then they will go   and court some other
               E   Bm    E        A   Asus4*
And that's the love they have for you

Do you remember our days of courting
When your head lay upon my breast
                  Bm     E                     A
You could make me believe with falling of your arm
             E  Bm  E      A    Asus4*
That the sun rose   in the West

I wish I was a little sparrow,
And I had wings with which to fly
              Bm  E              A
Right over to see  my false true-lover,
              E     Bm  E      A    Asus4*
And when he's talking   I'd be nigh.

But I'm not a little sparrow,
I have no wings with which to fly
         Bm  E             A
So I sit here in grief and sorrow,
            E   Bm  E        A
To weep and pass my troubles by.

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derek.dylan7 wrote on September 4 2015, 11:10 am

This is different both musically and lyrically from the Joan Baez version which, to me has a prettier tune.

Joan based her version on Pete Seegar's

The chords are quite different-I left it in D for comparison -though Joanie sings it in C on the version I have.

e.g (D) Come all (G)fair and tender (D)ladies, take warning how you (D) court young(Bm)men
They're (A) like the (D) stars of a (A7) summer's (D) morning
They'll first appear (Bm) and (F#m)

Some of the lyrics are different too but that is to be expected with folk songs such as this.

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