Rocky Top banjo tabs & chords

  • Scruggs Style


    A classic bluegrass song as performed by The Osborne Brothers. This arrangement of Rocky Top features the solo break. For the rest of the song, check out the backup version!

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


    This melodic version of Rocky Top is a solo arrangement over the verse chords. Check out the backup version to learn how to play behind the chorus chords!

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


    This backup version of Rocky Top gives you lots to work with for the entire version of the song - Verse and Chorus. Make sure you swap out licks to hear alternate backup licks!

    • Key G
    • 130 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup Style

Rocky Top lyrics

Wish that I was on ol' Rocky Top
Down in the Tennessee hills
Ain't no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top
Ain't no telephone bills
Once I had a girl on Rocky Top
Half bear, other half cat
Wild as a mink, but sweet as soda pop
I still dream about that

Rocky Top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me
Good ol' Rocky Top
Rocky Top, Tennessee, Rocky Top, Tennessee

Once two strangers climbed ol' Rocky Top
Looking for a moonshine still
Strangers ain't come down from Rocky Top
Reckon they never will
Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top
Dirt's too rocky by far
That's why all the folks on Rocky Top
Get their corn from a jar

* Refrain

I've had years of crimped up city life
Trapped like a duck in a pen
All I know is it's a pity life
Can't be simple again

* Refrain