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Ol Man River chords

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This version is harmonically richer than the versions I see on UG. It is closer to the arrangement used recording Frank Sinatra's version. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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Ol’ Man River  –  Hammerstein & Kern (Sinatra's arrangement)
Tab by Aatvza

[verse 1]
Colored folks work on de Mississippi,
Cmaj7                       G7+5
Colored folks work while de white folks play,
C7                F Fm6
Pullin' dose boats from de dawn to sunset,
C6                       F    Fm   Cmaj7
Gittin' no rest ‘till de judgement day.

[bridge 1]
Em          B7      Em          B7
Don't look up, An' don't look down,
    Em        B7     Em          B7
You don' dast make de white boss frown
Em        B7       Em       B7
Bend your knees an' bow your head,
    Em       B7
An' pull dat rope
  Em  Cm/G  G7
Until you'  dead.

[verse 2]
Let me go 'way from the Mississippi,
Gdim7       A           A7       Dm
Let me go 'way from de white man boss;
Fdim7               Cmaj7
Show me dat stream called de river Jordan,
Fdim7                     Dm7  G7 Cadd9
Dat's de ol' stream dat I long to cross.

Fmsus4   Fm   Cadd9   G11   G+7

[chorus 1]
Cmaj7   Fmaj7
Ol' man river,
   Cmaj7    Fmaj7 F6
Dat ol' man river,
   Cmaj7     Dm7
He mus' know sumpin'
    Em7       Am7
But don't say nuthin'
    G7         Dm7
He jus' keeps rollin'
   G7       Dm7     G6-9   Cmaj7
He keeps on rollin' a-     long.

Dm7    G7   G+7

[chorus 2]
   Cmaj7      Fmaj7
He don' plant taters,
   Cmaj7      Fmaj7
He don' plant cotton,
    Cmaj7   Dm7
An' dem dat plants 'em
   Em7     Am7
Is soon forgotten,
    G7      Dm7
but ol' man river,
   G7          Dm7     G6-9   Cmaj7
He jes'  keeps rollin' a-     long.

F#m7   B7-9

[bridge 2]
Em      B7      Em        B7
You an' me, we sweat an' strain,
Em       B7         Em         B7
Body all achin' an' racked wid pain.
Em           B7
Tote dat barge!
Em       B7
Lif' dat bale!
    Em            B7
You gits a little drunk
        Em     Edim7  G7     G7+5
An' you land   in     jail.

[chorus 3]
Cmaj7    Fmaj7
Ah, gits weary
    Cmaj7   F6
An' sick of tryin'
     C/G      G7/F
Ah'm tired of livin'
    C/E         D7
An' skeered of dyin',
    C/G     Am7
But ol' man river,
   Dm7        G7        C
He jus' keeps rollin' along!

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Mats Fagergren 2,252 Jul 02, 2017 04:12 PM

my rating was 5 star. nothing else!!

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aatvza 693 Jul 04, 2017 11:55 AM

Thank you Mats!

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