Wildwood Flower banjo tabs & chords

  • Scruggs Style


    This is a fantastic traditional tune popularized by the Carter Family. Most guitar players play this song in C, so this version of Wildwood Flower is catered for beginners learning about C position.

    • Key C
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style


    This melodic version of Wildwood Flower is a higher register break played mostly out of the root-position C chord on the 10th fret.

    • Key C
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup


    Wildwood Flower uses a lot of 2/4 measures, so make sure you have the melody clearly in your head while playing the backup part. It's helpful to sing the lyrics out loud to ensure you're in the right spot.

    • Key C
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

Wildwood Flower lyrics

I'll twine with my mingles and waving black hair
With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
And the myrtles so bright with emerald dew
The pale and the leader and eyes look like blue

He told me he loved me and called me his flower
That blossomed for him all the brighter each hour
Though my heart is now breaking, he never shall know
That his name makes me tremble, my pale cheeks to glow

I'll sing and I'll dance and my laugh shall be gay
I'll charm every heart and the crowd I will away
I'll live you to see him regret the dark hour
When he won and neglected this frail wildwood flower

I'll think of him never, I'll be wild and gay
I'll cease this wild weeping, drive sorrow away
But I wake from my dreaming, my idol was clay
My visions of love have all vanished away