Darling Nelly Gray

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Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Hanby

VERSE 1

          D                       G 
There's a low green valley on the old Kentucky shore,

           D                        A 
There I've whiled many happy hours away

  D                            G 
A-sitting and a-singing by the little cottage door,

      D        A7            D 
Where lived my darling Nelly Gray.

CHORUS

       A                          D 
Oh! my poor Nelly Gray, they have taken you away,

                                  A 
And I'll never see my darling any more,

    D                             G 
I'm sitting by the river, and I'm weeping all the day,

           D             A7            D 
For you've gone from the old Kentucky shore.

VERSE 2

         D                                      G 
When the moon had climbed the mountain, and the stars were shining too,

         D                     A 
Then I'd take my darling Nelly Gray,

    D                               G 
And we'd float down the river in my little red canoe,

         D      A7             D 
While my banjo sweetly I would play.

CHORUS

       A                          D 
Oh! my poor Nelly Gray, they have taken you away,

                                  A 
And I'll never see my darling any more,

    D                             G 
I'm sitting by the river, and I'm weeping all the day,

           D             A7            D 
For you've gone from the old Kentucky shore.

VERSE 3

    D                                   G 
One night I went to see her, but "She's gone!" the neighbors say,

    D                            A 
The white man bound her with his chain,

          D                           G 
They have taken her to Georgia for to wear her life away,

       D            A7             D 
As she toils in the cotton and the cane.

CHORUS

       A                          D 
Oh! my poor Nelly Gray, they have taken you away,

                                  A 
And I'll never see my darling any more,

    D                             G 
I'm sitting by the river, and I'm weeping all the day,

           D             A7            D 
For you've gone from the old Kentucky shore.

VERSE 4

     D                          G 
My canoe is under water, and my banjo is unstrung,

    D                   A 
I'm tired of living any more,

   D                               G 
My eyes shall look downward and my song shall be unsung,

        D           A7           D 
While I stay on the old Kentucky shore.

CHORUS

       A                          D 
Oh! my poor Nelly Gray, they have taken you away,

                                  A 
And I'll never see my darling any more,

    D                             G 
I'm sitting by the river, and I'm weeping all the day,

           D             A7            D 
For you've gone from the old Kentucky shore.

VERSE 5

   D                               G 
My eyes are getting blinded, and I cannot see the way,

              D                        A 
Hark! there's somebody knocking at the door,

      D                             G 
Oh! I hear the angels calling and I see my Nelly Gray,

    D           A7           D 
Farewell to the old Kentucky shore.

CHORUS

       A                          D 
Oh! my poor Nelly Gray, they have taken you away,

                                  A 
And I'll never see my darling any more,

    D                             G 
I'm sitting by the river, and I'm weeping all the day,

           D             A7            D 
For you've gone from the old Kentucky shore.

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Chords

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Instrument Chords
Banjo A Major A7 D Major G Major
Guitar A Major A7 D Major G Major
Mandolin A Major A7 D Major G Major
Piano A Major A7 D Major G Major
Ukulele A Major A7 D Major G Major