Old Joe Clark banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This arrangement of Old Joe Clark is designed for beginner players and shows the basic melody. Sing along with what your playing for faster internalization.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This arrangement of Old Joe Clark builds on the basic version by introducing roll patterns and making the melody sound more "bluegrassy."

    • Key G
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This builds further on the intermediate version of Old Joe Clark, and is an example of what a professional banjo player would play.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style

Old Joe Clark lyrics

Old Joe Clark's a fine old man
Tell you the reason why
He keeps good likker 'round his house
Good old Rock and Rye

Fare ye well, Old Joe Clark
Fare ye well, I say
Fare ye well, Old Joe Clark
I'm a going away

Old Joe Clark, the preacher's son
Preached all over the pain
The only text he ever knew
Was High, low, Jack and the game

Old Joe Clark had a mule
His name was Morgan Brown
And every tooth in that mule's head
Was sixteen inches around

Old Joe Clark had ayellow cat
She would neither sing or pray
She stuck her head in the butermilk jar
And washed her sins away

Old Joe Clark had a house
Fifteen stories high
And every story in that house
Was filled with chicken pie

I went down to Old Joe's house
He invited me to supper
I stumped my toe on the table leg
And stuck my nose in the butter

Now I wouldn't marry a widder
Tell you the reason why
She'd have so many children
They'd make those biscuits fly

Sixteen horses in my team
The leaders they are blind
And every time the sun goes down
There's a pretty girl on my mind

Eighteen miles of mountain road
And fifteen miles of sand
If ever travel this road again
I'll be a married man