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GIRL ON THE GREENBRIAR SHORE

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Girl On The Greenbriar Shore


G                         
'Twas in the year of '92,
       C              G
In the merry month of June,
          G
I left my mother and a home so dear
                 D                     G 
For the girl I loved on the greenbriar shore.
Instrumental (can just improvise by picking out the individual notes of the chords)
G
My mother dear, she came to me
             C          G   
And said "Oh son, don't go, "
G
"Don't leave your mother and a home so dear
           D                       G
To trust a girl on the greenbriar shore. "

Instrumental

G
But I was young and reckless too,
      C                  G
And I craved a reckless life-

I left my mother with a broken heart
                   D             G
And I choosed that girl to be my wife

Instrumental

G
Her hair was dark and curly too
          C                G
And her loving eyes were blue;
G
Her cheeks were like the red red rose
           D                       G
The girl I loved on the greenbriar shore.

Instrumental

G
The years rolled on and the months rolled by
    C            G 
She left me all alone
       G
Now I remember what mother said
               D                     G
Never trust a girl on the greenbriar shore
Many thanks to Louis Thompson and Claire Dawson for the chords for this one.






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