Cripple Creek banjo tabs & chords

  • Scruggs Style


    This version of the Cripple Creek is designed to teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Take each one slow at first to get them sounding nice and clean.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style


    A classic arrangement of "Cripple Creek." The B section features some fancy up-the-neck melodic work, so practice slow for cleanliness!

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup


    This is a forward roll driven backup variation of Cripple Creek based on Earl Scruggs's playing on the original recording.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Cripple Creek Banjo song

This old time Appalachian folk song was originally written on the fiddle and is one of the first songs students of the 5-string banjo learn.

Nobody knows when this song was composed. Some people think that it is referred to the town in Colorado, but it may also be a reference to the small town of Cripple Creek in Wythe County, Virginia. This area was settled in the middle of the 17th century while the gold strike in Colorado began in 1891. The first recordings of this song appeared in the early 1900s.

Banjo Cripple Creek tab

Here on Tunefox you’ll find three versions of Cripple Creek. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Cripple Creek, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work. The third variation of this song is a forward roll based-backup arrangement.

There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Cripple Creek tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into different arrangement, just click on the "Original Measure" text above the measure and select a different lick. You can also click the "Shuffle licks" button at the bottom of the page to randomly change all of the licks in the tablature and create a wholly unique arrangement of this song.

You’ll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Cripple Creek on banjo. For example, you can use the "Hide Notes" feature, which will hide some notes for you so you can learn parts of the melody by ear. The "Memory train" tool will progressively hide notes each time you play through a section or the entirety of a song. Take your speed to the next level with the "Speed Up" feature. This tool will automatically increase playback speed each time you loop the song.

Each Tunefox banjo Cripple Creek tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with with an entire band and you can change volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.

Members can also export all of their arrangements into PDF files.

Cripple Creek lyrics


I got a girl and she loves me
She's as sweet as sweet can be
She's got eyes of baby blue
Makes my gun shoot straight and true

Going up Cripple Creek going in a run
Going up Cripple Creek to have some fun

Cripple Creek's wide and Cripple Creek's deep
I'll wade ole Cripple Creek before I sleep
Roll my breeches to my knees
I'll wade ole Cripple Creek when I please

* Refrain

I went down to Cripple Creek
To see what them girls had to eat
I got drunk and fell against the wall
Ole corn likker was the cause of it all

* Refrain

Alternate Refrain:
Goin' up cripple creek, goin' in a whirl,
Goin' up cripple creek, see my girl