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Why Do You Cry Little Darling

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Why Do You Cry Little Darling


       G                C            G                                                      D

1. Why do you cry, little darling, why are those tears in your eyes ?

       G                  C             G                           D            G

    Why do you weep little darling, just when I say goodbye ?

          C                          G             C                       G

    It makes me sad and lonely to see you feel so blue.

         G               C              G                                  D        G

    What have I done, little darling, have I been untrue to you ?


+ instrumental = lines 1 & 2 of verse 1


        G                    C                G                                                 D

2. 'Cause you are called, little darling, to fight for your country true,

                 G         C                G                                D                         G

  there's many a poor girl just like me, weeping for their sweethearts, too.

        C                              G                 C                                G

    I tried so hard to be cheerful, but thought of all the long years,

             G            C               G                            D                   G

    you might be gone, little darling, I could not keep back my tears.


+ instrumental = lines 1 & 2 of verse 2


        G               C            G                                               D

3. That's why I cry, little darling, because you're going away,

      G              C                G                                    D            G

    leaving me all broken-hearted to weep for you day after day.


                C                               G

    Every night I'll kneel by my bedside,

             C                                         G

    and ask God to guide you each day,

      G                     C                       G

    back to your sweetheart that's waiting,

                                       D             G

    and loves you more than I can say.


+ instr. = lines 1 & 2 of verse      + repeat last four lines of verse 3