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Careless Love chords

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This is the version of the traditional song "Careless Love" as recorded by Darby & Tarlton - see
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haF6stnvEvE
Tuning - Eb standard (i.e. standard tuning 1/2 step down).
Notes:
1) The key of the recording on YouTube sounds close to F#, yet I think I hear the chords as G, C, D and Em.
   That's why I've specified the 1/2 step down tuning. Whether this was deliberate or not is anyone's guess.
   It could even be the recording that's off pitch. Anyhow it doesn't really matter if you stick to standard
   tuning and play in G.
2) This version's lyrics differ quite a bit from versions by other performers. The accuracy of last line of
   the 4th verse is a little suspect. It's hard for me to decipher from the recording. Please leave a commen
   if you hear something different.
3) The intro is just two (out of time) bars of a strummed G chord.
4) The instrumental is similar to, but not the same as, the verse. It differs in the last 4 bars.
5) Verses and the instrumentals are both 16 bars long, but one or two extra bars of G are often inserted
   between pairs of verses or between an instrumental and the following verse. If you want to be 100%
   authentic then you need listen to the recording and count it out yourself.
6) There is no outro. The last G chord is only played on beat 1 of the last bar, over the word "soul", and
   then stops abruptly.

[Chords]
Em  : xx2000

[Intro]
G

[Verse 1]
G        D                 G
Love, oh love, oh careless love
                           D
Love, oh love, oh careless love
         G                    C         G
You have broke the heart of a-many poor girls
           Em    D                   G
But you'll never break this heart of mine

[Verse 2]
        G       D               G
Oh it's when my money you could blow
                        D
When my money you could blow
G             C         G
When my money you could blow
          Em     D              G
Love, you always hung around my door

[Instrumental]
G       D       G       G
G       G       D       D
G       G       C       G
G       D       G       G

[Verse 3]
        G       D               G
Oh it's when my money you could spend
                        D
When my money you could spend
G             C         G
When my money you could spend
           Em      D                   G
Now you'll pass my doorway, never look in

[Verse 4]
     G    D                  G
Must I go bound while you go free
                             D
Must I go bound while you go free
     G                C      G
Must I go bound while you go free
       Em         D                  G
Lawd I loves some man, he don't love me

[Instrumental]
G       D       G       G
G       G       D       D
G       G       C       G
G       D       G       G

[Verse 5]
        G          D                     G
Love, I cried last night and the night before
                                   D
I cried last night and the night before
  G                        C       G
I cried last night and the night before
         Em    D              G
But I'll never cry for you anymore

[Instrumental]
G       D       G       G
G       G       D       D
G       G       C       G
G       D       G       G

[Verse 6]
        G               D                G
Oh it's give me back my gold and diamond ring
                              D
Give back my gold and diamond ring
         G                             C               G
You have robbed me of my treasure, you robbed me of my gold
            Em                  D            G
But I'll be doggoned if you can rob me of my soul

            
            
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