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On Top of Old Smokey:
Lyrics, Chords and Lead Sheet

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On top of Old Smokey 
All covered with snow, 
I lost my true lover 
For courting too slow. 

Now, courting is a pleasure 
And parting is grief, 
And a false-hearted lover 
Is worse than a thief. 

A thief will just rob you 
And take what you have, 
But a false-hearted lover 
Will lead you to the grave. 

And the grave will decay you 
And turn you to dust; 
Not one girl in a hundred 
A poor boy can trust. 

They'll hug you and kiss you 
And tell you more lies 
Than the crossties on the railroad 
Or stars in the sky. 

So, caome all you young maidens 
And listen to me, 
Never place your affection 
On a green willow tree. 

For the leaves they will wither, 
And the roots they will die, 
You'll all be forsaken 
And never know why. 

On top of Old Smokey 
All covered with snow, 
I lost my true lover 
For courting too slow. 

Music excerpt (click on image for pdf version in G, A and F)

On Top of Old Smokey

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