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Wildwood Flower 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. #
From alt.guitar.tab Tue Jul 26 15:09:02 1994
From: jim@truleigh.demon.co.uk (James Fryer)
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 1994 09:48:05 +0000
Newsgroups: alt.guitar.tab
Subject: Re: help wildwood flower

In article <30lbo6$88i@mailer.fsu.edu> csteph@gauss.math.fsu.edu (Clinton Stephenson) writes:
>my dad wants to play the wildwood flower.
>i don't know who wrote it, or sung it.
>any help would be appriciated.

Here is a version I have:

Wildwood Flower

The Carter Family

C                               G7          C
I will twine and will mingle my raven black hair
C                             G7        C
With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
C                             F       C
And the myrtle so green of an emerald hue
C                        G7       C
And the pale emanita and islip so blue

Oh he promised to love me, he promised to love
And cherish me always all others above
I woke from my dream and my idol was clay
My passion for loving had vanished away

Oh he taught me to love him, he called me his flower
A blossom to cheer him through life's weary hour
But now he has gone and left me alone
The wild flowers to weep and the wild birds to moan

I'll dance and I'll sing and my life will be gay
I'll banish this weeping, drive troubles away
I'll live yet to see him regret this dark hour
When he won and neglected this frail wildwood flower.

James Fryer
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radcore wrote on March 17 2008, 01:52 am

i play this song in E. it's tabbed in so many keys on here. i find it easiest to sing to in E. the chords I use are E B E and E A E. But i'll try to sing it in C because my harmonica is in C lol

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christinaayers wrote on April 20 2013, 07:12 pm

I was taught this song transposed +2 From C to D using D A7 D, D G D it being played in E never sounded right to me and thats how everyone seems to play it. I like this tab the best i think it sounds better played like this on acoustic if your in a full band and a bunch of people are playing then playing it in E might sound better but if you playing alone i like playing it in C or D.Thats just me but every other tab of this song is always in E im glad someone put up this version since i was taught it this way i thought i was the only one that played it using these chords.

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Genie T wrote on November 20 2013, 01:22 am

This is not the Carter Family version I know or Joan Baez's version, which is based on that, but it is much closer to the original song from which the Carters derived their version: Maud Irving's "I'll Twine 'Mid The Ringlets."
And it avoids the awful "mondegreens" like "... the pale and the leader and eyes look so blue" (which make no sense).

I prefer playing it in G, because it's easy to fingerpick the melody in G, but C works too.

Good job!

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