East Virginia Blues banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This break is based off of the classic J.D. Crowe version of the East Virginia Blues. It's not played incredibly fast, but make sure you drive it hard.

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

    Difficulty

    This melodic version focuses on bringing out the vocal melody of East Virginia Blues more than playing fancy licks. Don't worry, there's still some cool stuff!

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

    Difficulty

    This is an up-the-neck backup example of East Virginia Blues using lots of forward rolls, and classic Earl Scruggs licks with slight variations.

    • Key G
    • 125 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

East Virginia Blues lyrics

Traditional

I was born in East Virginia,
North Carolina I did go.
There I met a fair young maiden,
And her name I did not know.

Oh, her hair was dark and curly,
And her cheeks were rosy red.
On her breast she wore white linen,
Where I longed to lay my head.

I don't want your green back dollar,
I don't want your watch and chain.
All I want is your heart darling,
Say you'll take me back again.

The ocean's deep and I can't wade it,
And I have no wings to fly.
I'll just get me a blue eyed boaten,
For to row me over time.

I'll go back to East Virginia,
North Carolina ain't my home.
I'll go back to East Virginia,
Leave them North Carolinians alone.