Hard Times Come Again No More

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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster

VERSE 1

       Eb                            Bb7            Eb 
Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears,

Ab       Eb             Bb7      Eb 
While we all sup sorrow with the poor;

                                   Bb7         Eb 
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears;

Ab  Eb          Bb7           Eb 
Oh! Hard times, come again no more. 

CHORUS

                               Ab Eb 
'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary;

                             F7     Bb 
Hard times, hard times come again no more;

     Eb                      Bb7            Eb 
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;

Ab  Eb                Bb7     Eb 
Oh! Hard times, come again no more.

VERSE 2

         Eb                        Bb7             Eb 
While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,

Ab        Eb                   Bb7    Eb 
There are frail forms fainting at the door;

                                      Bb7                 Eb 
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say 

Ab  Eb          Bb7           Eb 
Oh! Hard times, come again no more. 

CHORUS

                               Ab Eb 
'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary;

                             F7     Bb 
Hard times, hard times come again no more;

     Eb                      Bb7            Eb 
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;

Ab  Eb                Bb7     Eb 
Oh! Hard times, come again no more.

  
VERSE 3

          Eb                       Bb7             Eb 
There's a pale drooping maiden who toils her life away

Ab     Eb                      Bb7      Eb 
With a worn heart whose better days are o'er;

                                      Bb7             Eb 
Though her voice would be merry, 'tis sighing all the day,

Ab  Eb          Bb7           Eb 
Oh! Hard times, come again no more. 

CHORUS

                               Ab Eb 
'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary;

                             F7     Bb 
Hard times, hard times come again no more;

     Eb                      Bb7            Eb 
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;

Ab  Eb                Bb7     Eb 
Oh! Hard times, come again no more.

VERSE 4

       Eb                   Bb7                Eb 
'Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,

 Ab    Eb                   Bb7    Eb 
'Tis a wail that is heard upon the shore; 

                               Bb7             Eb 
'Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave 

Ab  Eb          Bb7           Eb 
Oh! Hard times, come again no more. 

CHORUS

                               Ab Eb 
'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary;

                             F7     Bb 
Hard times, hard times come again no more;

     Eb                      Bb7            Eb 
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;

Ab  Eb                Bb7     Eb 
Oh! Hard times, come again no more.

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Chords

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Instrument Chords
Banjo Ab Major Bb Major Bb7 Eb Major F7
Guitar Ab Major Bb Major Bb7 Eb Major F7
Mandolin Ab Major Bb Major Bb7 Eb Major F7
Piano Ab Major Bb Major Bb7 Eb Major F7
Ukulele Ab Major Bb Major Bb7 Eb Major F7