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Down Hearted Blues chords

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Simplified from piano chords in key of recording. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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Whole song 82 bpm
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This is an approximation of the piano chords for guitar of the version of Down Hearted Blues that Bessie Smith
recorded in 1923 - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go6TiLIeVZA
The recording is in C, as here.

[Chords]
Ddim7: xx0101

[Intro]
C               A7              D7      Ddim7   G         N.C

[Verse 1]
C                     A7
Gee, but it's hard to love someone
          D7      G7         C
When that someone don't love you.
                  A7
I'm so disgusted, heart broken too.
D7                           G7
 I've got those down hearted blues.
C7                F
 Once I was crazy  'bout a man.
                         E7
He mistreated me all the time.
    D7                        G7
The next man I get has got to  promise me
      A7    D7  G      G7
To be mine, all mine.

[Chorus 1]
C                 F            G7     C       C7
Trouble, trouble,  I've had it all my days.
F                             G7     C
Trouble, trouble, I've had it all my days.
   G7                                            C        F       C
It seems that trouble's going to follow me to my grave.

[Chorus 2]
        C               F           G7    C        C7
I ain't never loved but  three mens in my life.
        F                         G7    C
I ain't never loved but three men in my life.
   G7                                          C      F      C
My father, my brother, the man that wrecked my life.

[Chorus 3]
                     F        G7       C      C7
It may be a week, it may be a month or two.
   F                          G7       C
It may be a week, it may be a month or two.
        G7                                         C      F      C
But the day you quit me honey, it's coming home to you.

[Chorus 4]
          C               F              G7    C       C7
I got the world in a jug,  the stopper's in my hand.
          F                             G7    C
I got the world in a jug, the stopper's in my hand.
             G7                                   C         F      C
I'm going to hold it until you, man come under my command.

            
            
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