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Key: D

Genre: Folk

Harp Type: Diatonic

Skill: Any

Poor Old Slave (hi-lo)

By G. W. H. Griffin – 1851
Trad. folk song
Key: D
Time: 6/8

3 3 4 5 -4 4 -3” 4
6 6 7 7 -8 7 -6 7
‘Tis just one year a-go to-day,

4 -3 4 -4 -3 4
7 -7 7 -8 -7 7
That I re-mem-ber well,

3 3 4 5 -4 4 -3” 4
6 6 7 8 -8 7 -6 7
I sat down by poor Nel-ly’s side

4 4 -3 4 -4 -3 4
7 7 -7 7 -8 -7 7
And a sto-ry she did tell.

4 -3 4 -4 -3 4 5 3
7 -7 7 -8 -7 7 8 6
‘Twas ’bout a poor un-hap-py slave,

3 -3” -3” -3”-5.-3” 3
7 -6 -6 -6 -9.-6 6
That lived for man-y a year;

3 3 4 5 -4 4 -3” 4…
6 6 7 8 -8 7 -6 7…
But now he’s dead, and in his grave,

4 -3 4 -4.. -3 4
7 -7 7 -8.. -7 7
No mas-ter does he fear.

CHORUS

4 5 5 5 5 -4 -4 -4
7 8 8 8 8 -8 -8 -8
The poor old slave has gone to rest,

-4 -4 -4 -4 -5 5
-8 -8 -8 -8 -9 8
We know that he is free.

5 5 5 5 6 -5 -5 -5…
8 8 8 8 9 -9 -9 -9…
Dis-turb him not but let him rest,

-5 5 5 -4 -3 4
-9 8 8 -8 -7 7
‘Way down in Ten-na-see.

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