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Wildwood Flower chords

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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

C                               G7          C
Oh he promised to love me, he promised to love
C                             G7   C
And cherish me always all others above
C                             F       C
I woke from my dream and my idol was clay
C                        G7        C
My passion for loving had vanished away

C                                G7           C
Oh he taught me to love him, he called me his flower
C                               G7          C
A blossom to cheer him through life's weary hour
C                       F       C
But now he has gone and left me alone
C                                G7            C
The wild flowers to weep and the wild birds to moan

C                               G7           C
I'll dance and I'll sing and my life will be gay
C                               G7        C
I'll banish this weeping, drive troubles away
C                          F              C
I'll live yet to see him regret this dark hour
C                              G7             C
When he won and neglected this frail wildwood flower.

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radcore 10 Mar 16, 2008 09:52 PM

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 2,206 Apr 20, 2013 03:12 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 10 Nov 19, 2013 08:22 PM

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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