Oh My Darling, Clementine

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Traditional Music
Lyrics by Percy Montrose

VERSE 1

     G 
In a cavern, in a canyon,

                 D7 
Excavating for a mine,

                     G 
Dwelt a miner, forty-niner,

        D7              G 
And his daughter, Clementine.

Oh my darling, Oh my darling,

                     D7 
Oh my darling, Clementine,

                         G 
You are lost and gone forever,

         D7           G 
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

VERSE 2

          G 
Light she was, and like a fairy,

                          D7 
And her shoes were number nine,

                       G 
Herring boxes, without topses,

        D7             G 
Sandals were for Clementine.

Oh my darling, Oh my darling,

                     D7 
Oh my darling, Clementine,

                         G 
You are lost and gone forever,

         D7           G 
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

VERSE 3

          G 
Drove she ducklings to the water,

                      D7 
Every morning just at nine,

                       G 
Hit her foot against a splinter

       D7             G 
Fell into the foaming brine.

Oh my darling, Oh my darling,

                     D7 
Oh my darling, Clementine,

                         G 
You are lost and gone forever,

         D7           G 
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

VERSE 4

     G 
Ruby lips above the water,

                         D7 
Blowing bubbles soft and fine,

                      G 
Alas for me! I was no swimmer,

     D7            G 
So I lost my Clementine.

Oh my darling, Oh my darling,

                     D7 
Oh my darling, Clementine,

                         G 
You are lost and gone forever,

         D7           G 
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

VERSE 5

     G 
In a churchyard, near the canyon,

                        D7 
Where the myrtle doth entwine,

                           G 
There grow roses and other posies,

      D7            G 
Fertilized by Clementine.

Oh my darling, Oh my darling,

                     D7 
Oh my darling, Clementine,

                         G 
You are lost and gone forever,

         D7           G 
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

VERSE 6

  
         G 
Then the miner, forty-niner,

                       D7 
Soon began to peak and pine,

                            G 
Thought he oughter join his daughter,

         D7             G 
Now he's with his Clementine.

Oh my darling, Oh my darling,

                     D7 
Oh my darling, Clementine,

                         G 
You are lost and gone forever,

         D7           G 
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

VERSE 7

      G 
In my dreams she still doth haunt me,

                            D7 
Robed in garments soaked in brine,

                         G 
Though in life I used to hug her,

          D7                  G 
Now she's dead, I'll draw the line.

Oh my darling, Oh my darling,

                     D7 
Oh my darling, Clementine,

                         G 
You are lost and gone forever,

         D7           G 
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

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Instrument Chords
Banjo D7 G Major
Guitar D7 G Major
Mandolin D7 G Major
Piano D7 G Major
Ukulele D7 G Major