FREE Campfire Singalong Songbook

20 classic, not-too-hard tunes to play under the stars

Join my mailing list to get this ready-to-print professional-quality guitar songbook of 20 songs by The Beatles, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, and more.

    This chart will look wacky unless you
    rotate your phone

    Streets Of Laredo

    Traditional, as performed by Arlo Guthrie

    Capo 4

     

    Intro:  / C - - / G - - / Am - - / G - - /

                / C - - / F - - / C - - / G - - /

                / C - - / G - - / Am - - / G - - /

                / C - - / F - - / G - - / C - - / - - - /

     

         C             F               C              G

    As I walked out in the streets of Laredo,

         C            F           C           G

    As I walked out in Laredo one day,

        C                    F                C                    G

    I spied a poor cowboy all wrapped in white linen,

            Am                  Dm       G               C (x2)

    All wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay.

     

         C                F              C             G

    "I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy,"

                 C                 F          C                    G

    These words he did say as I proudly stepped by.

                C                F                C                 G

    "Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story,

           Am           Dm              G                 C (x2)

    I'm shot in the breast and I know I must die."

     

                C                F         C               G

    "'Twas once in the saddle I used to go dashing,

             C                F        C               G

    Was once in the saddle I used to go gay,

    C                  F              C                  G

    First led to drinkin', and then to card playin',

           Am            Dm                  G        C (x2)

    Got shot in the breast and I'm dying today."

     

            C            F                C           G

    "Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin,

           C               F                 C           G

    Get six pretty gals come to carry my pall.

                 C               F        C             G

    Throw bunches of roses all over my coffin,

    Am          Dm            G                 C (x2)

    Roses to deaden the clods as they fall."

                                      

     

               C                    F              C             G

    "Oh, beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly,

      C                    F                   C           G

    Play the dead march as you carry me along.

                  C                      F          C                 G

    Take me to the green valley and lay the earth o'er me,

        Am              Dm                G                       C (x2)

    For I'm a poor cowboy and I know I've done wrong."

     

            C                     F              C                  G

    We beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly,

           C           F               C                   G

    And bitterly wept as we carried him along.

                  C                 F                C                       G

    For we all loved our comrade, so brave young and handsome,

         Am                Dm             G                       C (x2)

    We all loved our comrade although he'd done wrong.

     

    Repeat Intro, end on first beat of final C chord

     

     

    Intro:

     

     

     

     

     

     


    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.