Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    A classic Earl Scruggs banjo arrangement of Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow in drop C. Measure 6 is a particularly fun section of the song, featuring a bluesy moment to lead you from an F chord to a C chord.

    • Key C
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gCGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Scruggs Style-2

    Difficulty

    This is an up the neck break in the Key of G. Notice how many of the banjo chord shapes are similar to the key of C in open/first position.

    • Key G
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style-2
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    A version of Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow that uses a lot of elements from the Scruggs arrangement. This gives you a chance to work on blending styles in your banjo soloing and improvisation.

    • Key C
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gCGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    More classic Scruggs playing with a couple fancy 7th chords thrown in to give it some color. 7th chords are great for creating and releasing tension in a song.

    • Key C
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gCGBD
    Play Backup

Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow lyrics

I ain't gonna work tomorrow
Ain't gonna work today
Ain't gonna work tomorrow,lord
For that is my wedding day

I love my mama and papa too
I love my mama and papa too
I love my mama and papa too
But I'd leave them both to go with you

* Refrain

I've been all around this country
I've been all around this world
I've been all around this country,lord
For the sake of one little girl

* Refrain

I'm leaving you this lonesome song
I'm leaving you this lonesome song
I'm leaving you this lonesome song
Cause I'm gonna be gone before long

* Refrain