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The Blacksmith chords

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The Blacksmith, Steeleye Span

Am                    G         Em         Am
A blacksmith courted me, nine months and better
Am                    G         Em         Am
He fairly won my heart; he wrote me a letter
           C           Em         Am        G     
With his hammer in his hand, he looked so clever,
       Am               Em           C           Am
And if I were with my love, I would live forever.

Am                    G               Em         Am
"O, where is my love gone, with his cheeks like roses?
Am                    G         Em         Am
He is gone across the sea, gathering primroses
           C           Em         Am                   G
I'm afraid the shining sun might burn and scorch his beauty,
       Am               Em           C           Am
And if I were with my love, I would do my duty.

Am                           G             Em         Am
"Strange news is a-come to town, strange news is a-carried,
Am                           G         Em         Am
Strange news flies up and down that my love is a-married
           C              Em         Am               G
O, I wish them both much joy, though they don't hear me
       Am               Em           C           Am
And if I were with my love, I would do my duty.

Am                         G         Em         Am
"O, what did you promise me when you lay beside me?
Am                    G         Em         Am
You said you'd marry me, and not deny me."
           C           Em         Am        G
"If I said I'd marry you, 'twas only to try you,
       Am               Em           C           Am
So bring your witness, love, and I'll not deny you."

Am                    G         Em         Am
"O, witness have I none save God Almighty
Am                    G               Em         Am
And may He reward you well for the slighting of me."
           C           Em         Am                  G
Her lips grew pale and wan; it made her poor heart tremble
       Am               Em           C           Am
For to think she had loved one, and he proved deceitful.

Am                    G         Em         Am
A blacksmith courted me, nine months and better
Am                    G         Em         Am
He fairly won my heart; he wrote me a letter
           C           Em         Am        G
With his hammer in his hand, he looked so clever,
       Am               Em           C           Am
And if I were with my love, I would live forever.
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chrismorrison4 10 Jul 09, 2017 03:58 PM

This was one of the first bits of 'folk into rock' I heard almost 50 years ago as a student at college. Lovely song which the girl I was dating used to play. Of course I rushed out and bought the Steeleye Span first album on which it featured. The chords are perfect, I use a capo on the 3rd fret but I'm not too sure what strum to use - Maddy Pryor has a mandoline accompaniment I think. Anyhow, good job! Thanks a lot! This site is the most useful thing I've seen in years of trying to learn guitar!! Chris

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chrismorrison4 10 Jul 13, 2017 03:32 PM

Any suggestion for a strumming pattern??

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