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The Lakes Of Ponchartrain chords

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  • As performed on Welcome Here Kind Stranger. Capo 5.
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The lakes of Ponchartrain

Capo 4th Fret 

[Verse 1]
G     C/G              D   Em    C     D           G D         
It was one fine March morning I bid New Orleans adieu
       G        D       Em      D        G           C
And I took the road to Jackson town, my fortune to renew
   G          D      Em  D       G             C          
I cursed all foreign money, no credit could I gain
       G      C/G           D      Em      C        D       G
Which filled my heart with longing for the lakes of Ponchartrain

[Verse 2]
G     C/G              D   Em    C     D           G D         
I stepped on board of a railroad car beneath the morning sun
       G        D       Em      D        G           C
I rode the rods till evening and I laid me down again
   G          D      Em  D       G             C          
No friends to me all strangers  till a dark girl towards me came
       G      C/G           D      Em      C        D       G
And I fell in love with my Creole girl by the lakes of Ponchartrain

[Verse 3]
G     C/G              D   Em    C     D           G D         
I said My pretty Creole girl, me money here's no good
       G        D       Em      D        G           C
If it weren't for the alligators, I'd sleep out in the wood
   G          D      Em  D       G             C          
You're welcome here, kind stranger, our house is very plain
       G      C/G           D      Em      C        D       G
But we never turned a stranger out by the lakes of Ponchartrain

[Verse 4]
G     C/G              D   Em    C     D           G D         
She took me into her Mammy's house, and treated me right well
       G        D       Em      D        G           C
The hair upon her shoulders in jet black ringlets fell
   G          D      Em  D       G             C          
To try and paint her beauty, Im sure twould be in vain
       G      C/G           D      Em      C        D       G
So handsome was my Creole girl by the lakes of Ponchartrain

[Verse 5]
G     C/G              D   Em    C     D           G D         
I asked her if she'd marry me, She said that never could be
       G        D       Em      D        G           C
For she had got a lover and he was far at sea
   G          D      Em  D       G             C          
She said that she would wait for him and true she would remain
       G      C/G           D      Em      C        D       G
Till he'd return to his Creole girl on the lakes of Ponchartrain

[Verse 6]
G     C/G              D   Em    C     D           G D         
Its fare thee well, me Creole girl, I never may see you more
       G        D       Em      D        G           C
I'll never forget your kindness in the cottage by the shore
   G          D      Em  D       G             C          
And at each social gathering, a flowing bowl I'll drain
       G      C/G           D      Em      C        D       G
And I'll drink a health to my Creole girl by the lakes of Ponchartrain 

            
            
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eiresarah 41 Nov 27, 2013 12:47 AM

Love this song, thanks so much for posting

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Wil-man-101 470 Nov 30, 2016 10:11 PM

Wrong key, wrong chords, wrong timing for the version on Welcome Here Kind Stranger. I may post a corrected version.

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jerrylee57 10 Oct 04, 2017 02:11 PM

Well the key depends on the voice, you can easily transpose, but...some chords are definetely on the wrong positions. You can never sing it to the positioned chords. Thanks anyway, lovely song!

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