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Judy Collins - A Maid Of Constant Sorrow - Album (1961)


1.  Maid Of Constant Sorrow
2.  The Prickilie Bush
3.  Wild Mountain Thyme
4.  Tim Evans
5.  Sailor's Life
6.  Bold Fenian Men
7.  Wars Of Germany
8.  O Daddy Be Gay
9.  I Know Where I'm Going
10. John Riley
11. Pretty Saro
12. The Rising Of The Moon



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Track 1 - Maid Of Constant Sorrow



[Intro]
D   G

[Verse 1]
       D                G
I am a maid of constant sorrow
          Em               Am
I've seen trials all of my days
          D           G
I'm going back to California
            Em           Am      D  G
Place where I was partly raised


[Verse 2]
                 D              G
Your friends may say that I'm a stranger
       Em                    Am
My face they'll never see no more
             D                  G
There is but one promise that's given
          Em             Am     D  G
I'll sail on this golden shore


[Verse 3]
                 D                  G
All through this world I'm bound to ramble
                Em               Am
Through sun and wind and driving rain
             D                G
I'm bound to ride the western railway
             Em                 Am     D
Perhaps I'll take the very next train


[Instrumental]
D  G   Em   Am


[Verse 4]
       D                G
I am a maid of constant sorrow
          Em               Am
I've seen trials all of my days
          D           G
I'm going back to California
            Em           Am
Place where I was partly raised



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Track 2 - The Prickilie Bush


CAPO: 2nd Fret



[Intro]
G  D  G  D  G  D  G

[Chorus]
D                 G
Oh, the prickilie bush
   C                    D
It pricks my heart full sore
     G        D          G         C
If I ever get out of the prickilie bush
     G         D        G
I'll never get in it anymore


[Verse 1]
D                  G
Hangman, stay your rope
         C              D
Will you stay it for a while
  G       D      G      C
I think I see my mother coming
G           D      G
Riding over yonder stile


[Verse 2]
D                        G
Mother, did you bring me gold
   C                D
Or silver to pay my fee
       G       D             G         C
For to save my body from the cold clay ground
   G             D       G
My neck from the gallows tree


[Verse 3]
D                  G
I didn't bring you gold
   C                  D
Or silver to pay your fee
    G      D       G       C
But I have come to see you hang
G      D       G
On the gallows tree


[Chorus]
D                 G
Oh, the prickilie bush
   C                    D
It pricks my heart full sore
     G        D          G         C
If I ever get out of the prickilie bush
     G         D        G
I'll never get in it anymore


[Verse 4]
D                  G
Hangman, stay your rope
         C              D
Will you stay it for a while
  G       D      G      C
I think I see my father coming
G    D      G
Over yonder stile


[Verse 5]
D                        G
Father, did you bring me gold
   C                D
Or silver to pay my fee
   G        D       G      C
Or have you come to see me hang
G      D       G
On the gallows tree


[Verse 6]
D                 G
I didn't bring ya gold
   C                  D
Or silver to pay your fee
     G          D      G      C
Your mother and I have come today
G                 D       G
To see you on the gallows tree


[Chorus]
D                 G
Oh, the prickilie bush
   C                    D
It pricks my heart full sore
     G        D          G         C
If I ever get out of the prickilie bush
     G         D        G
I'll never get in it anymore


[Verse 7]
D                  G
Hangman, stay your rope
C               D
Once more for a while
  G       D      G       C
I think I see my darling coming
G    D      G
Over yonder stile


[Verse 8]
D                         G
Darling, did you bring me gold
   C                D
Or silver to pay my fee
       G       D             G         C
For to save my body from the cold clay ground
G                D       G
My neck from the gallows tree


[Verse 9]
D            G
I brought ya gold
    C                  D
And silver to pay your fee
  G       D       G       C
I did not come to see you hang
G      D       G
On the gallows tree


[Chorus]
D                 G
Oh, the prickilie bush
   C                    D
It pricks my heart full sore
    G            D          G         C
But now that I'm out of the prickilie bush
     G         D        G
I'll never get in it anymore



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Track 3 - Wild Mountain Thyme


CAPO: 1st Fret



[Verse 1]
N.C.
Oh, the summer time is coming
And the leaves are sweetly turning
And the wild mountain thyme
Blooms around the purple heather
         C   F       C
Will you go, Laddie, go?


[Chorus]
          F         C
And we'll all go  together
        F             C
To pull wild mountain thyme
     Am
All around the purple heather
         C   F       C
Will you go, Laddie, go?


[Verse 1]
N.C.
If my true love will not go
I will surely find another
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the purple heather
     C       F       C
Will you go, Laddie, go?


[Chorus]
          F         C
And we'll all go  together
        F             C
To pull wild mountain thyme
     Am
All around the purple heather
         C   F       C
Will you go, Laddie, go?



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Track 4 - Tim Evans


CAPO: 1st Fret



[Intro]
Em

[Verse 1]

Tim Evans was a prisoner
    G             A
Within his prison cell
    Em
And those who read about his crime
     G                  A
They damned his soul to hell
            Em        D            Em
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"


[Verse 2]

For the murderer of his own dear wife
        G              A
And the killing of his child
    Em
The jury found him guilty
        G                A
And the hanging judge he smiled
            Em        D            Em
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"


[Verse 3]

Tim Evans pleaded innocent
    G               A
And swore by him on high
   Em
He never killed his own dear wife
   G                   A
Or caused his child to die
            Em        D            Em
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"



[Verse 4]

They moved him out at 6 o'clock
       G             A
To his final flowery dell
    Em
And day and night two guards were there
    G              A
And never left his cell
            Em        D            Em
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"


[Verse 5]

Sometimes they played cards with him
G           A
Solo and Pontoon
   Em
To stop him brooding on the ropes
     G             A
That was to be his doom
            Em        D            Em
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"


[Verse 6]

The Governor came in one day
         G               A
With the chaplain by his side
      Em
Said, your appeal has been turned down
   G                A
Prepare yourself to die
            Em        D            Em
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"


[Verse 7]

Tim Evans walked in the prison yard
    G               A
The guards walked behind
   Em
He saw the sky above the wall
    G                A
And knew no peace of mind
            Em        D            Em
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"


[Verse 8]

They fit the rope around his neck
G                 A
Buckle behind his ear
    Em
The prison bell was tolling
        G             A
But Tim Evans did not hear
            Em        D            Em
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"


[Verse 9]

A thousand men were cursing
    G              A
And banging on the doors
        Em
But Tim Evans could not hear them
       G            A
He was deaf for evermore
            Em        D            Em
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"


[Verse 10]

They sent Tim Evans to the drop
      G               A
For a crime he didn't do
     Em
Twas Christy was the murderer
    G              A
The judge and jury too
            Em        D            Em
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"




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Track 5 - Sailor's Life


CAPO: 4th Fret



[Intro]
D

[Chorus]
      C                  D
Oh, a sailor's life is a weary life
       C                 D
For he robs the girls of their delight

Causes them to weep, causes them to mourn
G                    D
Loss of a true love, never to return


[Verse 1]
   C              D
Oh father, father build me a boat
    C                     D
And on the world's oceans I will float

Hail each captain as I pass by
G                            D
There I'll ask for my sailor boy


[Verse 2]
   C                D
Oh captain, captain tell me true
     C             D
Does my own Willie sail with you?

Tell me soon to give me joy
G                              D
None will I have but my sailor boy


[Verse 3]
   C              D
Oh no, kind lady, he's not here
   C                          D
He drowned in the gulf and we buried him there

Upon the island as we passed by
G                         D
There we left your sailor boy


[Verse 4]
        C                  D
Oh, she rung her hands and tore her hair
     C                 D
Just like some lady in great despair

Called for a chair to sit her down
G                          D
Penningdon for to write it down


[Verse 5]
    C                     D
Oh, dig my grave wide and deep
      C                   D
Put a marble stone at the head and feet

On my grave a turtle dove
G                            D
Tell the world I died for my love


[Chorus]
      C                  D
Oh, a sailor's life is a weary life
       C                 D
For he robs the girls of their delight

Causes them to weep, causes them to mourn
G                    D
Loss of a true love, never to return



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Track 6 - Bold Fenian Men



[Verse 1]
      Am          G           Am         C
'Twas down by the glenside, I met an old woman
  Am             C            Am        C
A-plucking young nettles, nor saw I was coming
  Am        F            D            G
I listened awhile to the song she was humming
      Am       Em             F  G   Am
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men


[Verse 2]
     Am         G             Am           C
'Tis fifty long years since I saw the moon beaming
    Am           C                Am             C
And strong manly forms, and their eyes with hope gleaming
  Am        F                   D           G
I see them again, sure, through all my days dreaming
      Am       Em             F  G   Am
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men


[Verse 3]
     Am      G              Am           C
When I was a colleen, their marching and drilling
 Am          C                Am          C
Awoke by the glenside, sounds awesome and thrilling
         Am             F               D             G
But they loved dear old Ireland, and to die they were willing
      Am       Em             F  G   Am
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men


[Verse 4]
     Am          G              Am        C
Some died by the glenside, some died amid strangers
    Am            C             Am          C
And wise men have told us their cause was a failure
         Am           F           D            G
But they stood by old Ireland and never feared danger
      Am       Em             F  G   Am
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men


[Verse 5]
  Am           G           Am             C
I passed on my way, god be praised that I met her
   Am           C              Am       C
Be life long or short, I shall never forget her
       Am             F              D          G
And we may have great men, but we'll never have better
      Am       Em             F  G   Am
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men



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Track 7 - Wars Of Germany



[Intro]
D

[Verse 1]

Oh, woe be to the orders
     C          G     A
That marched my love away
    D      F#m    G      A
And woe be to the bitter tears
   D  G          A
I shed upon this day


[Verse 2]
    D      F#m    G      A
And woe be to the bloody wars
   D    G    C   A
Of high Germany
            D       G      D
For they've carried off my own true love
       C      G        A
Left a broken heart to bleed


[Verse 3]

The drums beat in the morning
  C        G        A
Before the break of day
        D        F#m          G        A
And the wee, wee pipes played loud and shrill
      D       G        A
While yet the morn was grey


[Verse 4]
        D      F#m        G     A
And the bonnie flags were all unfurled
      D       G        C    A
Was a gallant sight to see
    D      G      D
But sorrow for my soldier lad
    C          G    A
Who marched to Germany


[Verse 5]
    D
Oh, woe be to the orders
     C          G     A
That marched my love away
    D      F#m    G      A
And woe be to the bitter tears
   D    G        A
I shed upon this day


[Verse 6]
    D      F#m    G        A
And woe be to the country
          D       G         C   A
Where our men are forced to be
    D      G      D
And woe be to the foreign wars
     C        G         A    G  A
That stole my love from me



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Track 8 - O Daddy Be Gay


CAPO: 1st Fret



[Intro]
Am

[Verse 1]
                               G         Am
There was an old man who lived under the hill
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                                         D
There was an old man who lived under the hill
      Am                       G
If he ain’t goin’ away he’d be livin’ there still
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be


[Verse 2]
                       G           Am
One day the Devil came down to his plough
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                                   D
One day the Devil came down to his plough
       Am                      G
Said, "One of your family I’ll have to have now"
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be


[Verse 3]
                       G                 Am
"Oh, tis not just your son or daughter I crave"
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                                     D
"Tis not your son or your daughter I crave
         Am                    G
But your old baggin’ wife I’ll carry away"
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be


[Verse 4]
                        G         Am
"Ah, take her away with all of my heart"
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                              D
"Take her away with all of my heart
         Am                 G
And I’ll bet the two of you never will part"
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be


[Verse 5]
                         G         Am
The Devil he hoisted her up on his back
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                                   D
The Devil he hoisted her up on his back
    Am               G
And off to Hell with her in a pack
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be


[Verse 6]
                       G           Am
He set her down at the fork in the road
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                                   D
He set her down at the fork in the road
   Am                         G
He said, "Old woman, you’re a hell of a load"
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be


[Verse 7]
                    G                    Am
Then he carried her down to the gates of Hell
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                                    D
He carried her down to the gates of Hell
       Am                          G
Said, "Rake up the coals and we’ll roast her well"
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be


[Verse 8]
                             G        Am
One poor little devil looked over the wall
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                                      D
One poor little devil peeked over the wall
          Am                          G
He said, "Take her home daddy, she’ll murder us all"
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be


[Verse 9]
                             G         Am
Oh, the Devil he hoisted her up on his back
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                                   D
The Devil he hoisted her up on his back
    Am              G
And home again with her in a pack
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be


[Verse 10]
                     G                  Am
The old woman went a whistlin’ over the hill
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                                        D
The old woman went a whistlin’ over the hill
     Am                     G
"The Devil won’t have me, I wonder who will"
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be


[Verse 11]
                         G         Am
There is an advantage we have over men
G D        Am
O daddy be gay
                                   D
There is an advantage we have over men
       Am                  G
We can go down to Hell and come back again
Am       D          Am
Daddy be gay if you can be



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Track 9 - I Know Where I'm Going


CAPO: 2nd Fret



[Intro]
G  C  G  C  G  C  G  C

[Verse 1]
G      C         G      C
I know where I'm going
    G      C           Am       D
And I know who's going with me
G            C
I know who I love
        Am                   D
And the Devil knows who I'll marry


[Verse 2]
G      C            G     C
I have stockings of silk
G        C            Am       D
Shoes of bright green leather
G                  C
Combs to buckle my hair
      Am             D
And a ring for every finger


[Verse 3]
G       C        G     C
Feather beds are soft
G       C         Am      D
Painted rooms are bonnie
G                  C
I would trade them all
       Am                D
For my handsome, winsome Johnny


[Verse 4]
G    C        G    C
Some say he's bad
G     C    Am      D
I say he's bonnie
G               C
Fairest of them all
      Am                D
Is my handsome, winsome Johnny


[Verse 5]
G      C         G      C
I know where I'm going
    G      C           Am       D
And I know who's going with me
G            C
I know who I love
    Am                   D
The Devil knows who I'll marry



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Track 10 - John Riley


CAPO: 2nd Fret



[Intro]
Am    D

[Verse 1]
             Am  D           Am      D
A fair young maid was in her garden
Am               D            Am  D
Strange young man came riding by
               Am   C         G     Em
He said, "Fair maid, will you marry me?"
         D           Am
And this answer, was her reply


[Verse 2]
             Am  D               Am    D
"Oh no, kind sir, I cannot marry thee
    Am         D                 Am   D
For I’ve a love and he sails the sea
                     Am  C    G     Em
And though he’s been gone for seven years
          D              Am
Still, he will return to me"


[Verse 3]
               Am     D            Am     D
"Well, what if he’s in some battle slain
      Am        D                        Am   D
Or if he’s been drowned in the deep salt sea
           Am   C G      Em
Or if he’s found another love
               D                 Am
And he and his love both married be"


[Verse 4]
         Am D            Am     D
"If he’s in  some battle slain
     Am                   D         Am    D
Then I shall die when the moon doth wane
            Am      C      G         Em
And if he’s drowned in the deep salt sea
          D               Am
Still I’m true to his memory"


[Verse 5]
             Am    D       Am    D
"And if he’s found another love
    Am             D             Am  D
And he and his love both married be
            Am    C    G    Em
I wish them health and happiness
           D               Am
Where they live across the sea"


[Verse 6]
              Am D              Am      D
He picked her up in his arms so strong
    Am                D        Am     D
And kisses he gave her one two three
               Am  C       G    Em
Said, "Weep no more my own true love
          D                Am
I am your long lost John Riley"
               Am  C       G    Em
Said, "Weep no more my own true love
          D                Am
I am your long lost John Riley"



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Track 11 - Pretty Saro



[Intro]
D

[Verse 1]

Down in some lone valley in a lonesome place
                                                      A
Where the wild birds all whistle and their notes do increase
                D
Farewell Pretty Saro, I must bid you adieu
                         A        D
And I'll dream of Pretty Saro wherever I go


[Verse 2]

My love she won't have me and I understand
                                        A
She wants a rich merchant and I have no land
             D
I cannot maintain her, I've no silver and gold
                        A                            D
Can't give her the nice things that a big house will hold


[Verse 3]

But if I were a merchant and I could write a fine hand
                                               A
And I'd write my love a letter that she'd understand
                    D
I'd write it by the river where the waters o'erflow
                         A        D
And I'll dream of Pretty Saro wherever I go



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Track 12 - The Rising Of The Moon



[Intro]
Am

[Verse 1]

Ah, then tell me Sean O'Farrell
                            Em
Tell me why you're hurrying so
Am                         C
Hush, my boy, oh, hush and listen
        E              Am    Em  Am
And his eyes were all aglow
             Em        Am       C
I bear orders from the captain
        Em              Am    Em
Get you ready quick and soon
        Am         Em   C
For the pikes must be together
       E             Am
At the rising of the moon


[Verse 2]

Ah, then tell me Sean O'Farrell
                          Em
Where the gatherin' is to be
       Am              C
In the old spot by the river
           E        Am      Em  Am
Right well known to you and me
          Em              Am     C
One thing more for signal token
        Em              Am    Em
Whistle up the marchin' tune
          Am         Em   C
With your sword upon your shoulder
       E             Am
At the rising of the moon


[Verse 3]
        Em               Am     C
Rumours passed along the valley
       Em               Am    Em
Like a banshee's lonely croon
      Am       Em          C
And a thousand blades were flashin'
       E             Am
At the rising of the moon


[Verse 4]

All along the singing river
                           Em
That dark mass of men were seen
     Am                 C
Far above their shining weapons
           Em    Am     Em    Am
Hung their own immortal green
         E         Am  Em      Am
Death to every foe and traitor
        Em                  Am    Em
Foreign strike the marchin' tune
       Am     Em       C
And hurrah me boys for Ireland
        E             Am
Tis the rising of the moon


[Verse 5]

Well, they fought for poor old Ireland
                          Em
And full bitter was their fate
         Am                 C
Oh, what glorious pride and sorrow
         E       Am     Em     Am
Fill the name of ninety-eight
          Em        Am         C
Yet thank god while hearts are beating
        Em        Am      Em
Foreign manhood's burnin' noon
         Am        Em    C
We shall follow in their footsteps
       E             Am
At the rising of the moon


[Verse 6]
         E         Am  Em      Am
Death to every foe and traitor
        Em                  Am    Em
Foreign strike the marchin' tune
       Am     Em       C
And hurrah me boys for freedom

Tis the rising
        E             Am
Tis the rising of the moon



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