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Hard Times Come Again No More  The Chieftains

Original by Stephen Foster, arrangement by the Chieftains.
Charted by Richard J.M. Fry for Peter Mills
*Notes and Notation* Looks there for fun things! Things to assist in the interpretation
of the song.
Chords used in order:
G: 3X0003
D: XX0232
Bbm: X13321
E: 022100
D/F#: 2X0232
Standard Tuning
Key: D major
Tempo: 67-72
[D] [A-Bbm-Bm] [G]  
[D] [Bm] [E] [A] [D]  
Andante Moderato:
Let us [D]pause in life's pleasures and [A]count its many [Bm]tears,
[G]While we [D]all sup sorrow [A]with the [D]poor.
[G]There's a [D]song that will linger for[A]ever [Bbm]in our [Bm]ears:
[G]Oh [D]hard [Bm]times [E] come a[A]gain no [D]more.
Tis the [D]song, the [D/F#]sigh of the [G]wear[D/F#]y:
[D]Hard Times, [G]hard [Bm]times, [E] come again no [A]more.
Many [D]days you have lingered a[A]round my [Bbm]cabin [Bm]door;
[G]Oh [D]hard [Bm]times [E] come a[A]gain no [D]more.
While we [D]seek mirth and beauty and [A]music light and [Bm]gay,
[G]There are [D]frail forms fainting [A]at the [D]door.
[G]Though their [D]voices are silent, their [A]pleading [Bbm]looks will [Bm]say:
[G]Oh [D]hard [Bm]times [E] come a[A]gain no [D]more.
[D] [D/F#] [G] [D/F#]  
[D] [G] [Bm] [E] [A]  
[G-D] [A-Bbm-Bm] [G]  
[D] [Bm] [E] [A]  
There’s a [D]pale drooping maiden who [A]toils her life a[Bm]way,
[G]With a [D]worn heart whose better [A]days are [D]o’er.
[G]Though her [D]voice would be merry, ‘tis [A]sighing [Bbm]all the [Bm]day:
[G]Oh [D]hard [Bm]times [E] come a[A]gain no [D]more.
( Tab from: )
Tis a [D]sigh that is wafted ac[A]ross the troubled [Bm]wave,
[G]Tis a w[D]ail that is [A]heard upon the [D]shore.
[G]Tis a [D]dirge that is murmured a[A]round the [Bbm]lowly [Bm]grave:
[G]Oh [D]hard [Bm]times, [E] come a[A]gain no [D]more.
Final Chorus:
Tis the [D]song, the [D/F#]sigh of the [G]wea[D/F#]ry:
[D]Hard Times, [G]hard [Bm]times, [E] come again no [A]more.
Many [D]days you have lingered a[A]round my [Bbm]cabin [Bm]door;
[G]Oh [D]hard [Bm]times, [E] come a[A]gain no [D]more.[D/F#]
A tempo: piacere
[G]Oh [D/F#]hard [Bm]times, [E] come a[A]gain no [D]more
*Notes and Notations*
1. Piacere: freely or no tempo. Just play the chords as you want, without tempo.
2. Andante Moderato: slowly, but not too slowly. Seriously, this is a somber tune.
Playing it anything faster makes it sound like a happy song about hard times, which is
somewhat contradictory to the tone, don’t-cha-know?
3. A tempo: return to previous tempo, which, as listed, is piacere.
4. This is one of those cross-style songs. What I mean by that phrase is that this can
be flat picked or finger picked. Strumming all the way through this song makes it seem
kind of boring, so add some dynamic arpeggiations just to spice things up.
5. The history behind this song is rooted deeply in Appalachia; a culture of music and
dance that originates from a mountain ranges on the east coast appropriately named the
Appalachian Mountains. The history of this song in particular is more or less a
popularization of the Appalachian style. Written by Stephen Foster, the song shares a strong
cultural bond with Appalachia, as well as its sister songs “Oh, Susanna” and “Camptown
Races”, which were also written by Foster. Most of this music appeared in what’s known as
the “minstrel show”, which was more or less a vaudeville style performance during the
late 1700 and 1800s. You could find all sorts of fun things at the minstrel show: dancers, actors,
jugglers, contortionists, etc…But what you really went there for was the music. There
weren’t public venues or theaters back then; the minstrel show was literally a variety
show on wheels. This format, more or less, is how the cultural music of Appalachia was
spread throughout the country. That being said, Appalachia draws its heritage from none other
than the green island of Éire, which is why I decided to chord out this song.
6. Well, that, and I’m a huge fan of the Chieftains. Paddy Moloney, the player of the
uilleann pipes for the Chieftains, actually shares the same clan as my family. (The clan Moloney)
7. As such, since this arrangement is by and Irish band, the song is in D. Go figure
that an Irish song would be in D.
8. As always, if you have requests for acoustic music, please send them my way.
9. Adh mor! (Good luck)

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