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Songs with only 2 chords

GUEST,Gene 15 Feb 02 - 08:52 PM
Pene Azul 15 Feb 02 - 08:58 PM
Lepus Rex 15 Feb 02 - 09:02 PM
Little Hawk 15 Feb 02 - 09:04 PM
michaelr 15 Feb 02 - 09:22 PM
GUEST 15 Feb 02 - 10:07 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 15 Feb 02 - 10:14 PM
Hilary 15 Feb 02 - 10:28 PM
Bobert 15 Feb 02 - 10:40 PM
GUEST,Gene 16 Feb 02 - 03:38 AM
Cappuccino 16 Feb 02 - 04:07 AM
GUEST,2 Chord: Fireball Mail 16 Feb 02 - 11:19 AM
53 16 Feb 02 - 12:12 PM
berk 16 Feb 02 - 01:13 PM
GUEST,Gene 16 Feb 02 - 01:49 PM
GUEST,pioneer 16 Feb 02 - 02:00 PM
Mudlark 16 Feb 02 - 02:43 PM
kendall 16 Feb 02 - 02:49 PM
GUEST,leeneia 16 Feb 02 - 03:30 PM
Allan S 16 Feb 02 - 03:38 PM
GUEST,Gene 16 Feb 02 - 04:10 PM
Chicken Charlie 16 Feb 02 - 04:27 PM
GUEST,truckerdave 16 Feb 02 - 04:56 PM
GUEST,Gene 16 Feb 02 - 05:27 PM
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Subject: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 15 Feb 02 - 08:52 PM

How many songs with ONLY 2 chords can you list?
This idea occurred to me from a previous post [below]


LOOK WHAT THOUGHTS WILL DO
(Lefty Frizzell, Jim Beck, Dub Dickerson, 1950)

[1] Once I thought I loved just you
And I thought you loved me, too,
But just [5] look what thoughts will do
For today you say we're [1] through.


* * * Look What Thoughts Will Do Lyrics Thread * * *


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Pene Azul
Date: 15 Feb 02 - 08:58 PM

Two chord songs needed

BS: Two chord songs


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 15 Feb 02 - 09:02 PM

"Two Chord Song" by the Swedish band Whale? I guess that's it from me. I suck.

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Feb 02 - 09:04 PM

Achy Breaky Heart

- LH


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: michaelr
Date: 15 Feb 02 - 09:22 PM

ANY Cajun song!


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Subject: ADD: JAMBALAYA (On The Bayou)
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 02 - 10:07 PM

I kinda had in mind listing the lyrics and chords to the songs for the benefit of others....
Not just song titles-tho that does help identify many songs with only 2 chords...

JAMBALAYA (On The Bayou)
Written & recorded by: Hank Williams, Sr

[1] Goodbye Joe, me gotta go, me oh [5-7] my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the [1] bay-ou
My Yvonne, the sweetest one, me oh [5-7] my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the [1] bay-ou

CHORUS:
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gum-bo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma-cher a-mi-o
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou

Thi-bo-daux, Fon-tain-eaux, the place is buzzin'
Kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen
Dress in style, go hog wild, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou

CHORUS

TAG:
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 15 Feb 02 - 10:14 PM

Why two? If you get a nice rolling rhythm fingerpicking, you can do John Henry in C7(the way Wade Mainer and His Mountaineers do it) and I do The Farmer's Curst Wife completely in G7.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Hilary
Date: 15 Feb 02 - 10:28 PM

How about ...

Blackwater side :

One (E) evening fair, I took the air,

O, down(G) by Blackwater side,

It(E) was gazing o'er & around me,

That the Irish(G) lad I espied

A quick glance through the Christy Moore songbook :

The Little Drummer has just Cm & Bb,(or D & Em etc) I'm sure you can figure when it changes. I noticed that one myself earlier this evening.

As I Roved Out : Am & G etc

And The Well Below The Valley just Dm - though the version I do has a few more that that !

There's others, but it's 3.30am.

Good luck

Hilary


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Bobert
Date: 15 Feb 02 - 10:40 PM

Yeah, why two.

Dylan's "Ballad of Hollis Brown" in A minor, flag to flag... And not a bad song to get a novice guitar player into feelin' good about that hurting feeling in his or her fingers...


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE (Merle Haggard)
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 03:38 AM

Okie From Muskogee
Recorded by: Merle Haggard
Written by: Merle Haggard & Roy Burris

[1] We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee
We don't take our trips on L S. [5-7] D.
We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street
We like livin' right and bein' [1] free

CHORUS
[1] I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee
A place where even squares can have a [5-7] ball
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of [1] all

We don't make a party out of lovin'
We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo
We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do

CHORUS

Leather boots are still in style if a man needs footwear
Beads and Roman sandals won't be seen
Football's still the roughest thing on campus
And the kids here still respect the college dean

TAG:
[5-7] We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S. [1] A.


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Cappuccino
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 04:07 AM

What is very embarrassing is to play a song in two chords and then find that everybody else knows the complicated version with all the minor demented sixteenths!

- Ian B


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Subject: ADD: Fireball Mail
From: GUEST,2 Chord: Fireball Mail
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 11:19 AM

What was that old song, Late Last Night????
The TAG line should be [5-7] in Okie From Muskogee!

TAG: [5-1] We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse In Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S. [1] A.

FIREBALL MAIL
Recorded by Roy Acuff
Written by Floyd Jenkins (aka Fred Rose)

[1] Here she comes-- look at her roll
There she goes-- eatin' that [5-7] coal
Watch her [1] fly-- look at her sail
Let her by, by, [5-7] by; it's the Fireball [1] Mail

Let her go-- look at her steam
Hear her blow-- whistle and scream
Like a hound-- waggin' his tail
Dallas bound, bound, bound; the Fireball Mail

Engineer-- makin' up time
Tracks are clear-- look at her climb
See that freight-- clearin' the rail
Bet she's late, late, late; the Fireball Mail

Watch her swerve-- look at her sway
Get that curve-- out of the way
Watch her fly-- look at her sail
Let her by, by, by; the Fireball Mail


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: 53
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 12:12 PM

Down in the Valley,


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: berk
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 01:13 PM

You can play these songs with two chords and sound somewhat presentable: Wild Mountain Tyme, Reilly's daughter, Goodbye Mushin Durkin, Goodbye Mick, and Big Strong Man.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RAMBLIN' MAN (Hank Williams)
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 01:49 PM

RAMBLIN' MAN
Written & recorded by: Hank Williams, Sr.

I can [6m/Am] settle down and be doin' just fine
Til I [3-7/E-7] hear an old train
Rollin' down the [6m/Am] line
Then I hurry straight home and pack
And if I [3-7/E-7] didn't go
I believe I'd blow my [6m/Am] stack
I love you baby, but you gotta understand
When the [3-7/E-7] Lord made me
He made a Ramblin'[6m/Am] Man.

Some folks might say that I'm no good
That I wouldn't settle down if I could
But when that open road starts to callin' me
There's somethin' o'er the hill that I gotta see
Sometimes it's hard but you gotta understand
When the Lord made me, He made a Ramblin' Man.

I love to see the towns a-passin' by
And to ride these rails 'neath God's blue sky
Let me travel this land from the mountains to the sea
'Cause that's the life I believe He meant for me
And when I'm gone and at my grave you stand
Just say God called home your Ramblin' Man.


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,pioneer
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 02:00 PM

Shady Grove (D minor, A minor) and The Cuckoo (A minor, G) and lots of Irish stuff. For one-chord tunew, just about any bugle tune (Reville, Taps, etc.) because a bugle can only play a few notes easily. Dan Crary did a fine bugler's rag on one of his albums.... Bob H


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Mudlark
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 02:43 PM

Lady from Carlisle can be done with 2 chords only...and it's long, and a great story. I Am a Lonely and a Lonesome Traveler, Drunken Sailor can be done w/2,


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: kendall
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 02:49 PM

The Convict and the rose


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 03:30 PM

The beautiful Welsh ballad, Lisa Lan, all done in D and C.

Ian B: for interesting new sounds, put your fingers in position for well known chords, then lift one finger off and see if you like the sound. For example, play a G chord and lift your finger off the highest string. The result is quite nice.

If anybody asks you what that intellectual new chord was, say something like "I believe it's an augmented 11th." That's what the rest of us do.


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Allan S
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 03:38 PM

I ride an old paint Handsome Molly


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 04:10 PM

Thanks for the various song titles and comments---

I should have stated up front that I was thinking about songs that were ORIGINALLY written and recorded with only 2 chords...not for songs that COULD be played with 2 chords...


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Chicken Charlie
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 04:27 PM

Oh, now you tell us.

Anyway, it's thread creep time. There's an anecdote in Pete Seeger's "Incomplete Folk Singer" about how he struggled with this one song for years trying to figure out exactly when to change into the second chord. Eventually he decided that there was no second chord.

Yes, it sort of depends on how much dissonance/tension you want. "Blackjack Davey" might be done all the way thru on the tonic, or with two chords, or, if you want to show off [?!] with three.

CC


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,truckerdave
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 04:56 PM

To carry this one step further, i play several one chord songs. A lot of old slide guitar blues just used one chord. I know it sounds stupid but it works.


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Subject: Lyr Add: JIMMY BROWN THE NEWSBOY (A. P. Carter)
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 05:27 PM

A Version of:
Jimmy Brown, The Newsboy
Recorded by: A.P. Carter & MANY OTHERS

[1] You will hear me yelling, Morning Star
As I run along the [5-7] street
I have no hat upon my head
No shoes upon my [1] feet

I'm awful cold and hungry, Sir
My clothes are torn and thin
I wander about from place to place
My daily bread to win

Refrain:
[1] I sell the morning papers, Sir
My name is Jimmy [5-7] Brown
Most everybody knows I am
The newsboy of the [1] town

Never mind, Sir, how I look
Don't look at me and frown
I sell the morning papers, Sir
My name is Jimmy Brown

My father was a drunkard, Sir
I've heard my mother say
And I am helping mother, Sir
As I journey on my way

Refrain:

My mother always tells me, Sir
I've nothing in the world to lose
I'll get a place in heaven, Sir
To sell the Gospel News

So never mind, Sir, how I look
Don't look at me and frown
I sell the morning papers, Sir
My name is Jimmy Brown

Refrain:

Note. Lyrics for a version by Flatt & Scruggs are in the Database.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HONKY TONKIN' (Hank Williams)
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 05:29 PM

HONKY TONKIN'
Words and music by Hank Williams, Sr.

When [1] you are sad and lonely and have no place to go
Call me up, sweet baby, and bring along some dough
And we'll go Honky Tonkin', Honky Tonkin'
Honky Tonkin', Honey Baby
We'll go Honky Tonkin' [5-7] 'round this [1] town.

When you and your baby have a fallin' out
Just call me up sweet mama and we'll go steppin' out
And we'll go Honky Tonkin', Honky Tonkin'
Honky Tonkin', Honey Baby
We'll go Honky Tonkin' 'round this town.

We're goin' to the city - to the city fair
If you go to the city then you will find me there
And we'll go Honky Tonkin', Honky Tonkin'
Honky Tonkin', Honey Baby
We'll go Honky Tonkin' 'round this town.

Repeat first verse.


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: M.Ted
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 07:02 PM

When you are talking about tradional tunes, there is no original recording, and no way to know how they were written----chords are just block of notes that harmonize with the melody, and you can harmonize any melody just about any old way you want, depending on the sound you are looking for--In another thread, talked about playing the main melody of "Blue Moon" using only one chord--instead of sounding simple. it sounds very out there and jazzy--when you think about it, anything you play on a five string banjo can be considered to be a one chord tune, because the drone/root is always the same--


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 07:11 PM

"Leather boots are still in style if a man needs footwear ?????

How about the way Merle wrote it

"Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear"

God help us all if Merle Haggard's songs are going to be candidates for the so-called folk process.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 11:00 PM

I think Merle sings - ['Fa-Man needs footwear]
If A Man needs footware...
and all published sheet music I have ever seen
lists it that way, including MERLE's SONGBOOK...


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,truckerdav e
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 10:58 AM

Well then, the published sheet music and MERLE'S SONGBOOK must be wrong. It's manly footwear. I've seen lot's of lyrics and sheet music that varied from the song lyrics as they were sung. I've even made some minor changes in my own copywrighted lyrics after a while of singing them. "if a man needs footwear" should go on the misheard lyrics site.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LET'S TURN BACK THE YEARS (Hank Williams)
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 11:09 AM

LET'S TURN BACK THE YEARS
Written & recorded by: Hank Williams

[1] Darlin', Let's turn back the years
And go back to yester-[5-7]-day
Let's pretend that time has stopped
And I didn't go a-[1]-way

[1] We had our love to make us happy
It wasn't meant to bring us [5-7] tears
Love like ours should never die
So Darlin', Let's Turn Back The [1] Years

Note. Also recorded by Waylon Jennings.


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 11:26 AM

Purely out of interest I did a Google search on "manly footwear" and "if a man needs footwear"

Result "manly footwear"" - 34 "If a man needs footwear"- 5
(all copied from the same source)

But really, all you have to do is ask yourself, would Merle Haggard really have written such a meaningless line as "Leather boots are still in style if a man needs footwear" ?

Murray


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,old head
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 12:22 PM

what about "dance the night away".p.s. one chord songs, nilsson's "coconut".


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 08:24 AM

...most of Zappa's musical interludes between his "commercial" stuff (i.e., the songs with lyrics in them)... For example, "Shut Up 'n' Play Yer Guitar;" "Shut Up 'n' Play Yer Guitar Some More;" and "Return Of The Son Of Shut Up 'n' Play Yer Guitar."


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Noreen
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 04:15 PM

Step it out Mary


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Subject: Lyric Correction: Jambalaya
From: GUEST,Argenine
Date: 11 Mar 02 - 11:00 AM

In the vein of lyric corrections, in "Jambalaya" it is
Chorus:
"Jambalaya and a crawfish pie,filé gumbo,
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma chèr amie-o.
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
. Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou.

Thibaudaux, Fontaineaux, the place is buzzin'.
Kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen,
Dressed in style, go hog wild, me, oh my, oh! ..
. Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou!


"Filé Gumbo" is not a "fillet." (I took out some hyphens, also, to show that "ma chèr amie(-o)" is three separate words.

Arge


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Grab
Date: 12 Mar 02 - 08:11 AM

Clementine. Donald where's your troosers. Also Flower of Scotland (particularly if you consider it played on pipes).

Technically, you could also could Queen's "We will rock you" in this as well - one power chord, then a series of riffs around another chord.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: greg stephens
Date: 12 Mar 02 - 08:38 AM

Two very appropriate quotes from Woody Guthrie,. " I've pounded out "Ida Red","Old Joe Clark", Old Judge Parker take your Shackles Offa Me" foras high as thirty or forty minutes with no more than two chords,D to A, D to A and D to A ten blue jillion times through a square dance. Lots of the old fullblood fiddlers will toss youdown from the platform if you go to getting too fancy with your chording". And also:" I only used straight C chord all the way down the line on the "Buffalo Skinners",just CCCCCCCCCCC and right down to Birmingham and then on down toJacksboro and then out past El Paso and then on up into New Mexico.CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC picking finger style". He also didn't think much chord books. " I can't play any chord by looking at any book and never could" and "I'll bet you chording books that Leadbelly has used in his greening and grey years wouldn't make a pile bigenough for you to find on your floor" Righton, Woody!


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: 53
Date: 12 Mar 02 - 10:21 PM

Mendocino, and She's about a mover by the Sir Douglas Quintet. Both of them are good songs.


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,T-boy
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 08:14 AM

Then there's 'Like a Possum' on Lou Reed's Ecstacy CD - only 2 chords and lasts 18 minutes. That's an average of 9 minutes per chord. Outrageous!


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 09:46 AM

Read a quote from Woody Guthrie; "...anything more than three chords and you're just showing off." Amazing ain't it? So to all you flashy pan pickers out there try and relax.


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 01:53 PM

As some one has already said, any cajun song -- providing you don't count the traditional ending where they wind up on the one-and-only 4-chord. Someone explained this to me once -- is it that the accordion is actualy playing in its "draw" key and has to be closed at the end? "How does it go, Vassar?" [Merit badge for the source of that quote.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: DEAR JOHN (A Gass, Tex Ritter)
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 19 Mar 02 - 04:18 PM

RE: Mentioned in separate post

DEAR JOHN
As recorded by: Hank Williams
Written by: A. Gass & Tex Ritter

[1]Well when I Woke up this Mornin'
There was a Note upon my Door
Said don't Make me no Coffee, Babe
'Cause I Won't be back no More
And that's all She Wrote, Dear John
I've [5-7] Sent your Saddle [1] Home

CHORUS
Now Jonah Got along in the Belly of the Whale
Daniel in the Lion's Den
But I know a Guy that didn't Try to get Along
And he won't Get a Chance Again
And that's all She Wrote, Dear John
I've Sent your Saddle Home

Now she didn't Forward no Address
Nor she didn't Say Goodbye
All she Said was if you Get Blue
Just Hang your Little Head and Cry
And that's all She Wrote, Dear John
I've Sent your Saddle Home

Now my gal's Short and Stubby
She's Strong as she can Be
But if that Little old Gal of Mine
Ever get's A-hold of Me
That's all she Wrote, Dear John
I've Sent your Saddle Home

CHORUS

Now I Went Down to the Bank this Mornin'
The Cashier Said with a Grin
I Feel so Sorry for you, Hank
But your Wife has done Been In
And that's all She Wrote, Dear John
I've Sent your Saddle Home

SOURCE: HANK WILLIAMS POLYDOR


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: Cool Beans
Date: 16 Aug 16 - 02:43 PM

How Much is That Doggie in the Window?
My Dixie Darlin' (Carter Family)


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST, DTM
Date: 16 Aug 16 - 06:09 PM

Dance the Night Away - The Mavericks
A band I played with did this song. It used to do my head in.
The most boring song in the world to play.

"Chain chain chain" by Aretha Franklin has one chord but it's not boring.


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 17 Aug 16 - 12:27 PM

My Darling Clementine?


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 17 Aug 16 - 03:09 PM

Oops, two posts up should read "Chain Of Fools" not 'Chain (x 3)'


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: The Sandman
Date: 17 Aug 16 - 04:56 PM

pastures of plenty, little birdie,tom dooley,murshim durkin.


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Subject: RE: Songs with only 2 chords
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 18 Aug 16 - 05:24 AM

One I've just learnt and a good singalong song
Down In The Valley
I do it in A7 E7 Very simple and ideal for a learner


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