Worried Man Blues banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This is a beginner-intermediate arrangement of Worried Man Blues teaching both forward rolls and forward backwards rolls. Make sure your slides and pull-offs are nice and crisp.

    • Key G
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    This arrangement of Worried Man Blues is fantastic for backing up a vocalist. It features tons of great Scruggs licks and demonstrates how to fill in-between vocal phrasing.

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

    Difficulty

    This arrangement of Worried Man Blues has all sorts of great melodic style licks. There's even a bit of single string in there!

    • Key G
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style

Worried Man Blues lyrics

It takes a worried man to sing worried song
It takes a worried man to sing worried song
It takes a worried man to sing worried song
I'm worried now but I won't be worried long

I went across the river, and I lay down to sleep
I went across the river, and I lay down to sleep
I went across the river, and I lay down to sleep
When I woke up, had shackles on my feet

Twenty nine links of chain around my leg
Twenty nine links of chain around my leg
Twenty nine links of chain around my leg
And on each link, an initial of my name

I asked that judge, tell me, what's gonna be my fine
I asked that judge, tell me, what's gonna be my fine
I asked that judge, tell me, what's gonna be my fine
Twenty one years on the Rocky Mountain line

The train arrived, sixteen coaches long
The train arrived, sixteen coaches long
The train arrived, sixteen coaches long
The girl I love, she's on that train and gone

I looked down the track, as far as I could see
I looked down the track, as far as I could see
I looked down the track, as far as I could see
A little bitty hand, was waving after me

If anyone should ask you, who made up this song
If anyone should ask you, who made up this song
If anyone should ask you, who made up this song
Tell 'em it was me, and I sing it all day long