James River Blues by Old Crow Medicine Show

Pick the G chord and hammer on 0-2 fret on the A string to fill the parts

where there is no singing.



Bm///G///Bm///G/A/  (chorus pattern)


Verse 1

D                G

James river blues

D                      G

I just heard the awful news

D                      G

I can steer around the rocks

D                         G

But they’re bustin up the docks




Verse 2

D                 G

James river blues

D                  G

That train came on through

D                      G

And the work’s gotten’ slow

D                        G

Now where’s a boatman to go



Bm                          G

I’ll think  I’ll float on down

Bm          G

To Richmond Town

Bm                   G

They don’t need us anymore


Haulin’ freight from shore to shore


That big iron hauls much more

A           D

Than we ever could before


Fiddle solo




Verse 3

D                         G

I’ve seen good men going wrong

D                          G

I’ve seen bad ones get it right

D                     G

As the river roll’s along

D                     G

I’ll be stepping out tonight


Chorus pattern


Bm          G

On the cool flow

Bm                  G

Floatin’ down, down below

D                         G

The bridge, to the waters edge

D                       G

From the ridge , to the ledge

Bm                     G

From the hills, to the sea

Bm                G        A

I’ll become, a memory


James river blues (x3)