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                Can the Circle be Unbroken - The Carter Family
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This tab is for the song "Can the Circle be Unbroken" as
played by the Carter Family on disc 6 of the In the Shadow
of Clinch Mountain boxset. 

The song is in the Key of Ab on the album. This song is originally played in
the C position with the guitar tuned down two whole steps.  It can also be 
played in the G position with a capo on the first fret, although you will 
miss the low 5th in the bass. I have included each version.

The second instrumental break is similar to the last 4 bars of
the first break.

Chords/Frets are relative to the capo/tuning.


Tuning: Standard (down two whole steps CFA#D#GC)

Instrumental Break (C position):

          C                                C
              V ^    V ^    V ^                V ^      V ^    V ^                         
e|-------|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|----0-0------0-0----0-0---------|
B|-------|----1-1----1-1----1-1-----------|----1-1------1-1----1-1---------|
G|-------|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|----0-0------0-0----0-0---------|
D|-------|-----------------------2-0------|---------0h2------2-----2-0-----|
A|--0-2--|--3------3------3---------------|--3-----------------------------|
E|-------|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
    4 +     1 +    2 +    3 +    4 +         1 +    2   +    3 +   4 +

    
  F                                C     
      V ^    V ^    V ^    V ^         V ^    V ^    V ^
e|----1-1----1-1----1-1----1-1----|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|
B|----1-1----1-1----1-1----1-1----|----1-1----1-1----1-1-----------|
G|----2-2----2-2----2-2----2-2----|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|
D|---------0----------------------|--------------------------------|
A|--3-------------3------0--------|-----------------------0-2------|
E|--------------------------------|--3------3------3---------------|
    1 +    2 +    3 +    4 +         1 +    2 +    3 +    4 +

  C                                C
      V ^    V ^    V ^                V ^      V ^    V ^
e|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|----0-0------0-0----0-0---------|
B|----1-1----1-1----1-1-----------|----1-1------1-1----1-1---------|
G|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|--0-0-0------0-0----0-0---------|
D|-----------------------2-3------|---------0h2------2--------0----|
A|--3------3------3---------------|-------------------------3------|
E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
    1 +    2 +    3 +    4 +         1 +    2   +    3 +    4 +


  C               G                C
      V ^    V ^      V ^    V ^       V ^    V ^    V ^
e|----0-0----0-0------3-3----3-3--|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|
B|----1-1----1-1------0-0----0-0--|----1-1----1-1----1-1-----------|
G|----0-0----0-0------0-0----0-0--|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|
D|--2----------------------0------|--------------------------------|
A|---------3------0h2-------------|--3--------------------0-2------|
E|--------------------------------|---------3------3---------------|
    1 +    2 +    3   +    4 +       1 +    2 +    3 +    4 +




C                                  
I was standing by the window 
       F               C
On one cold and cloudy day
                                         
And I saw the hearse come rolling
       G               C
for to carry my mother away


Chorus:

C                                 
Can the circle be unbroken 
       F                C
by and by, Lord, by and by
                                      
There's a better home a-waiting
       G                 C
in the sky, Lord, in the sky


[Insturmental Break]


C                           
Lord, I told the undertaker
     F                   C
Undertaker, please drive slow

For this body you are hauling
      G               C
How I hate to see her go





C                           
I followed close beside her
         F              C
Tried to hold up and be brave

But I could not hide my sorrow
          G               C
When they laid her in the grave





[Instrumental Break]


C                           
Went back home my Lord my home was lonesome
          F              C
missed my mother she was gone
 
All my brothers sisters crying
       G                C
What a home so sad and 'lone




__________________________________________________________________________
Alternate Version
__________________________________________________________________________

Tuning: Standard (Capo on first fret)

Instrumental Break (G position):

          G                                G
              V ^    V ^    V ^                V ^      V ^    V ^                         
e|-------|----3-3----3-3----3-3-----------|----3-3------3-3----3-3---------|
B|-------|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|----0-0------0-0----0-0---------|
G|-------|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|----0-0------0-0----0-0---------|
D|-------|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|-------|-----------------------2-0------|---------0h2------2-----2-0-----|
E|--0-2--|--3------3------3---------------|--3-----------------------------|
    4 +     1 +    2 +    3 +    4 +         1 +    2   +    3 +   4 +

    
  C                                G     
      V ^    V ^    V ^    V ^         V ^    V ^    V ^
e|----0-0----0-0----0-0----0-0----|----3-3----3-3----3-3-----------|
B|----1-1----1-1----1-1----1-1----|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|
G|----0-0----0-0----0-0----0-0----|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|
D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|---------0----------------------|--------------------------------|
E|--3-------------3------0--------|--3------3------3------0-2------|
    1 +    2 +    3 +    4 +         1 +    2 +    3 +    4 +

  G                                G
      V ^    V ^    V ^                V ^      V ^    V ^
e|----3-3----3-3----3-3-----------|----3-3------3-3----3-3---------|
B|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|----0-0------0-0----0-3---------|
G|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|----0-0------0-0----0-0---------|
D|--------------------------------|--0-----------------------------|
A|-----------------------2-3------|---------0h2------2--------0----|
E|--3------3------3---------------|-------------------------3------|
    1 +    2 +    3 +    4 +         1 +    2   +    3 +    4 +


  G               D                G
      V ^    V ^      V ^    V ^       V ^    V ^    V ^
e|----3-3----3-3------2-2----2-2--|----3-3----3-3----3-3-----------|
B|----0-0----0-0------1-1----1-1--|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|
G|----0-0----0-0------2-2----2-2--|----0-0----0-0----0-0-----------|
D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|--2----------------------0------|--------------------------------|
E|---------3------0h2-------------|--3------3------3------0-2------|
    1 +    2 +    3   +    4 +       1 +  2 +    3 +    4 +




G                                  
I was standing by the window 
       C               G
On one cold and cloudy day
                                         
And I saw the hearse come rolling
       D               G
for to carry my mother away


Chorus:

G                                 
Can the circle be unbroken 
       C                G
by and by, Lord, by and by
                                      
There's a better home a-waiting
       D                 G
in the sky, Lord, in the sky


[Insturmental Break]


G                           
Lord, I told the undertaker
     C                   G
Undertaker, please drive slow

For this body you are hauling
      D               G
How I hate to see her go





G                           
I followed close beside her
         C              G
Tried to hold up and be brave

But I could not hide my sorrow
          D               G
When they laid her in the grave





[Instrumental Break]


G                           
Went back home my Lord my home was lonesome
          C              G
missed my mother she was gone
 
All my brothers sisters crying
       D                G
What a home so sad and 'lone








            
            
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