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Parting Song When You Smile-O chords – Leadbelly

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                   Parting Song (When You Smile-o) - Lead Belly
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: StoogeKebab with lyric assistance by JohnM
Tuning: Standard
Information:

There are a number of short riffs played in between chord changes and at the start.

They are as follows and will be marked with [square brackets] alongside the chords:

Riff 1:
e|------------|
B|------------|
G|------------|
D|------------|
A|-4-3-2------|
E|------------|

Riff 2:
e|------------|
B|------------|
G|------------|
D|------------|
A|-0-1-2------|
E|------------|

Riff 3:
e|------------|
B|------------|
G|------------|
D|------------|
A|------------|
E|-0-2-4------|

The song begins with a monologue played over chords and maintains an alternating bass line of (string): 
6, Chord, 5, Chord

Each chord is usually played 4 times per line


 A  [1]  E7 A  
(instrumental)

 A 
“Now this is a children’s play song.
 A 
After they done picked cotton all day
 A 
And their mothers and fathers gonna take ‘em home
 A 
They gon’ separate now
 A 
Now they gon’ make a ring in the yard
 A 
And walk around
 A 
And they gon’ sing this song
 A 
Bidding each other goodbye”

 A 
I’ve come to say goodbye
 A 
Just one more parting sigh
               E7 
Just one more last embrace

 E7 A 
Although it grieves me so
 E7 A 
Honey I’ve got to go
E7                          [2]
Come let me kiss your sweet face

 E7 
Oh let me hear you say
 E7 
That when I’m far away
 E7 
You’ll think of me all the while

 E7 A 
Stop all your foolish tears
 E7 A 
Cheer up and dry your tears
 E7 
Come let me see you smile

 E7 A 
Because when you smile-o
A                              [2]
This world will smile with you
 E7 
But when you cry though
 E7 
Then you cry alone

 E7 A 
So don’t feel grieving
 A E7 
Just because I’m leaving
 E7 
Look up a-here honey
 E7                       
And let me see you smile

[1] E7 [3] A

[1]  E7 A E7 
Oh let me hear you say
 E7 
That when I’m far away
 E7 
You’ll love me all the while

 E7 
Oh on the darkest day
 E7 
One loving smile this way
 E7                  
That loving heart beguile

 E7 
Try not to yearn in pain
 E7 
I’ll soon return again
 E7 
Come let me see you smile


 E7 A 
Because when you smile-o
A                               [2]
This world will smile with you
 E7 
But when you cry though
 E7 
Then you cry alone

 E7 A 
So don’t feel grieving
 A E7 
Just because I’m leaving
 E7 
Look up a-here honey
 E7                       
And let me see you smile

[1] E7 [3] A

[1] E7 [3] A


 E7 A 
Because when you smile-o
A                              [2]
This world will smile with you
 E7 
But when you cry though
 E7 
Then you cry alone

 E7 A 
So don’t feel grieving
 A E7 
Just because I’m leaving
 E7 
Look up a-here honey
 E7 A   
And let me see you smile