Will the Circle Be Unbroken banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    An incredibly popular standard bluegrass tune. This version of Will the Circle Be Unbroken is for beginners and highlights the forward roll pattern.

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

    Difficulty

    This is for intermediate to advanced players, and demonstrates how you can play fancy licks while staying true to the melody of the song.

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

    Difficulty

    This is a fun backup arrangement of Will the Circle Be Unbroken showing you how to go back and forth between vamping, rolls, and licks.

    • Key G
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

Will the Circle Be Unbroken lyrics

I was standing by my window
On a cold and cloudy day
When I saw that hearse come rolling
For to carry my mother away

Will the circle be unbroken
Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
There's a better home a-waiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky

Lord, I told that undertaker
Undertaker please drive slow
For this body that you're hauling
Lord, I hate to see her go

* Refrain

I followed close behind her
Tried to hold up and be brave
But I could not hide my sorrow
When they laid her in the grave

* Refrain

I went home, my home was lonely
Now my mother she has gone
All my brothers, sisters crying
What a home so sad and alone

* Refrain