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Hard Times (chord transcription)

    • 2 posts
    August 19, 2011 9:42 PM PDT

    Written by Gillian Welch/Dave Rawling

     

    (capo at 1st fret; C = Db)

     

    C

                         F             C                  F           C

    There was a Camptown Man, used to plow and sing

     Am                       C                  F             C

    And he loved that mule and the mule loved him

                     F         C             F               C
    When the day got long as it does about now

     Am               C                  F      C
    I'd hear him singing to his mule cow

     

     C

    Calling, "Come on my sweet old girl, and I'd bet the whole damn world

     C                                                                   G
    That we're gonna make it yet to the end of the road"

     

                 Am           C/B             F         C
    Singing hard times ain't gonna rule my mind

     Am            C/B            F          C
    Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, Bessie

     Am            C/B            F           G          C
    Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind no more

    Said it's a mean old world, heavy in need
    That big machine is just a-picking up speed
    They were supping on tears, they were supping on wine
    We all get to heaven in our own sweet time

     

    So come all you Asheville boys and turn up your old-time noise
    And kick 'til the dust comes up from the cracks in the floor

    Singing, hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, brother
    Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind
    Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind no more

    But the Camptown Man, he doesn't plow no more
    I seen him walking down to the cigarette store
    Guess he lost that knack and he forgot that song
    Woke up one morning and the mule was gone


    So come on, you ragtime kings, and come on, you dolls, and sing
    And pick up the dusty old horn and give it a blow

    Playing, hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, honey
    Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, sugar
    Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind no more

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    • 132 posts
    August 20, 2011 1:06 PM PDT
    Hard Times - Gillian Welch / David Rawlings
    DR Capo 1 Am G F C

    Am G F C (x4) C Am C F G
    CHORUS Am G F C (x2) Am G F G C C

    There was a Am Camptown G Man, used to F plow and C sing
    Am And he loved that G mule and the F mule loved C him
    When the Am day got G long as it F does about C now
    Am I'd hear him G singing to his F mule C cow
    Calling, C "Come on my sweet old girl, and I'd bet the whole damn world
    That C we're gonna Am make it C yet to the F end of the G road"
    Singing Am hard times G ain't gonna F rule my C mind
    Am Hard times G ain't gonna F rule my C mind, Bessie
    Am Hard times G ain't gonna F rule my G mind no C more

    Said it's a mean old world, heavy in need
    That big machine is just a-picking up speed
    They were supping on tears, they were supping on wine
    We all get to heaven in our own sweet time
    So come all you Asheville boys and turn up your old-time noise
    And C kick 'til the Am dust comes C up from the F cracks in the G floor
    Singing, Am hard times G ain't gonna F rule my C mind, brother
    Am Hard times G ain't gonna F rule my C mind
    Am Hard times G ain't gonna F rule my G mind no C more

    But the Camptown Man, he doesn't plow no more
    I seen him walking down to the cigarette store
    Guess he lost that knack and he forgot that song
    Woke up one morning and the mule was gone
    So come on, you ragtime kings, and come on, you dolls, and sing
    And C pick up the Am dusty old C horn and F give it a G blow
    Playing, Am hard times G ain't gonna F rule my C mind, honey
    Am Hard times G ain't gonna F rule my C mind, sugar
    Am Hard times G ain't gonna F rule my G mind no C more
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    • 132 posts
    August 20, 2011 1:07 PM PDT
    Banjo version

    Hard Times - Gillian Welch / David Rawlings
    GW Capo 1 Am G F C C E7
    Banjo capo 6? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgMjO_hiqig />
    There was a Em Camptown D Man, used to C plow and G sing
    And he loved that mule and the mule loved him
    When the day got long as it does about now
    I'd hear him singing to his mule cow G
    Calling, G "Come on my sweet old girl, and I'd bet the whole damn world
    That G we're gonna Em make it G yet to the C end of the D road"
    Singing Em hard times D ain't gonna C rule my G mind
    Em Hard times D ain't gonna C rule my G mind, Bessie
    Em Hard times D ain't gonna C rule my D mind no G more

    Said it's a mean old world, heavy in need
    That big machine is just a-picking up speed
    They were supping on tears, they were supping on wine
    We all get to heaven in our own sweet time
    So come all you Asheville boys and turn up your old-time noise
    And kick 'til the dust comes up from the cracks in the floor
    Singing, hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, brother
    Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind
    Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind no more

    But the Camptown Man, he doesn't plow no more
    I seen him walking down to the cigarette store
    Guess he lost that knack and he forgot that song
    Woke up one morning and the mule was gone
    So come on, you ragtime kings, and come on, you dolls, and sing
    And pick up the dusty old horn and give it a blow

    Playing, hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, honey
    Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, sugar
    Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind no more
    • 45 posts
    August 21, 2011 1:22 PM PDT
    Suparette store is like a corner shop in the coutryside.
    • 112 posts
    August 23, 2011 6:07 PM PDT
    Pretty sure it's
    "Guess he lost that nag", meaning the mule, but I could be wrong. I definitely hear cigarette store, too.
    • 45 posts
    August 24, 2011 5:17 AM PDT
    i hear knack - maybe referring to the art of plowing without machinery?
    • 112 posts
    August 24, 2011 7:35 AM PDT
    Hmm, or knack for staying positive. My mind jumped to "cigarette store" and "nag," so it never occurred to me to listen for anything else. I'll have a close listen today. Perhaps the person who wakes up one morning to find the mule gone is the narrator, rather than the Camptown man. Hadn't thought of that.
    • 45 posts
    August 24, 2011 8:10 AM PDT
    my interpretation: it seems to hang together with the narrator saying "i guess". the narrator used to see him from the road but doesn't anymore so assumes/imagines that - he lost the knack and/or forgot the song and/or woke to find the mule had died...
    • 45 posts
    August 24, 2011 8:12 AM PDT
    isn't "nag" a bit of a negative word? - if so it might not really fit with the endearing terms given for the mule through the song...
    • 112 posts
    August 24, 2011 4:55 PM PDT
    I don't see it as having a negative connotation when actually referring to a mule, although I think it is more typical of an old horse.
    • 112 posts
    August 24, 2011 4:57 PM PDT
    I think it's "muley cow".
    • 112 posts
    August 27, 2011 6:39 AM PDT
    It IS superette store:)
    • 112 posts
    August 27, 2011 6:51 AM PDT
    Now I think it's "knack," too.
    • 2 posts
    October 4, 2011 6:13 AM PDT
    Hmm, i'm not a native english speaker, but i'm hearing "rue" in the chorus, especially if you listen at 1.23 into the song.
    • 41 posts
    December 1, 2011 5:18 PM PST
    sarahct said:
    It IS superette store:)
    I totally hear that too now.  I also her knack pretty clearly I think.
    • 112 posts
    December 1, 2011 5:57 PM PST
    But I still hear "Berber Shore" and "you tell Muso, I'll tell Frank," and I might be alone in those two.
    • 45 posts
    December 1, 2011 6:16 PM PST
    agree with musso & frank. go here and have a look - this is a place in LA that definitely dave likes to go (gave an interview there we read, ate a plate of clams): http://www.mussoandfrankgrill.com/
    • 112 posts
    December 2, 2011 5:53 AM PST
    Ah, I knew I wasn't totally crazy when everyone else was reading "Rousseau". I'll note this on the "references" thread.
    • 112 posts
    February 22, 2012 6:14 AM PST
    What is Dave's guitar part (chords - I see them in the banjo tab but I can't figure out the timing). Also, in the banjo tab, is the 2nd line same pattern as 1st in verse?
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    • 132 posts
    February 23, 2012 9:39 AM PST
    Thee first version I posted has Dave's chords. And or course the second line in the banjo follows the same chord pattern as the first line.
    • 112 posts
    February 23, 2012 1:02 PM PST
    This is the 1st song I'vr tried on banjo, so it's all new for me:)
    • 112 posts
    February 25, 2012 8:09 AM PST
    It looks to me like Dave is capo'd to 6 also?
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    • 132 posts
    February 26, 2012 8:35 AM PST
    He switches a lot don' he? You ever seen that vid of WRECKING BALL where he changes his capo 3 times!?
    • 112 posts
    February 26, 2012 9:00 AM PST
    I remember reading something (maybe AG or FJ?) where he said he uses the capo to compensate for his lack of technical ability. I think he may have different standards than I do...:)
    • 45 posts
    February 27, 2012 10:21 PM PST
    you can hear the capo bounce on the floor when he finally chucks it down onto the stage