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Can the Circle Be Unbroken?

Carter Family

 

Tune down ½ step.

 

Play this using bass/strum technique with alternating bass and walking bass lines.  Wherever you see (3 ½) next to a chord, it means play three measures of 4/4, then one measure of 2/4.  Who would of thought that this old country tune would have tricky time signature changes?!

 

Strum:   B   D U B   D U

         1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Chord Guide

        123

A:    x02220

      T  132

D/F#: 2x0232

       231

E:    022100

         132

D:    xx0232

 

Intro:  / A - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

 

           A (4)

I was standin' by the window

          D/F# (2)                A (2)

On a cold and cloudy day,

          A (3½)

And I saw the hearse come rollin'

           E (2)                            A (2)

For to carry my mother away

 

Chorus:

             A (3½)

Can the circle be unbroken?

           D (2)                  A (2)

By and by Lord, by and by,

                A (3½)

There's a better home a-waitin'

            E (2)                       A (2)

In the sky Lord, in the sky.

 

Instrumental:

/ A - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

/ D/F# - - - / - - - - / A - - - / - - - - /

/ - - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

/ - - - - / E - - - / A - - - / - - - - /

 

          A (4)

Lord I told the undertaker,

            D/F# (2)                      A (2)

"Undertaker, please drive slow,

              A (3½)

For this body you are hauling Lord,

    E (2)                       A (2)

I hate to see her go."

 

Chorus

 

    A (4)

I followed close behind her,

            D/F# (2)                    A (2)

Tried to hold up and be brave,

           A (3½)

But I could not hide my sorrow

                  E (2)                       A (2)

When they laid her in the grave.

 

Chorus

 

Instrumental:

/ A - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

/ - - - - / E - - - / A - - - / - - - - /

 

                   A (4)

Went back home Lord, my home was lonesome,

                  D/F# (2)                    A (2)
Missed my mother she was gone.

            A (3½)
All my brothers and sisters crying

            E (2)                       A (2)
In our home so sad and alone.

 

Chorus


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.