Cripple Creek


                        Cripple Creek

                                                 Traditional
                                       Mandolin tablature by 
                                    Elizabeth T. Knuth, 1998

Key: G

Verse:

E--||------3-----3--3--------------|--------0-----------------|
A--||--4:--2-----------5-----2-----|--3-----------5-----------|
D--||--4:--0-----------------------|--------------------------|
G--||------0-----------------------|--------------------------|
           |     |__|  |     |        |     |     |     |

           I    got  a girl and      she  loves   me. 


|--3--3--3--3--------------|--------------------------|
|--2-----------5-----2-----|--3-----0--0--------------|
|--0-----------------------|--------------5-----------|
|--0-----------------------|--------------------------|
   |__|  |__|  |     |        |     |__|  |     |

   She's  as  sweet as      sweet   can   be.


|--3-----3-----------------|--------0-----------------|
|--------------5-----2-----|--3--5--------5-----------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
   |     |     |     |        |__|  |     |     |

  She's got  eyes   of         ba - by   blue,


|--3--3--3--3--------------|--------------------------|
|--2-----------5-----2-----|--3-----2--0--------------|
|--0-----------------------|--------------5-----------|
|--0-----------------------|--------------------------|
   |__|  |__|  |     |        |     |__|  |     |

   Makes  my  gun  shoot    straight and true.


Chorus:

|--------------------------|--------------------------|
|--2--2--2--2--0--0--------|--2--2--2--2--------------|
|--0-----------------5-----|--0-----------0-----------|
|--0-----------------------|--0-----------------------|
   |__|  |__|  |__|  |        |__|  |__|  |     |

  Go-in'  up Cripple Creek,  Go-in' in a run,


|-----------------------------|--------------------------|
|--2--2--2--2--0--0-----------|--------------------------|
|----------------------5--5---|--0-----2--2--5-----------|
|-----------------------------|--------------------------|
   |__|  |__|  |__|    |__|      |     |__|  |     |

  Go-in'  up Cripple Creek to   have   some fun.


Optional "fancy" instrumental ending:

|--------------------------|--------------------------|
|--2-----2--5--2--0--------|--2-----2-----------------|
|--0-----------------5-----|--------------0-----------|
|--0-----------------------|--------------------------|
   |     |__|  |__|  |        |     |     |     |


|--------------------------|--------------------------||
|--------------0-----3-----|--2-----0-----------------||
|--0--2--4--5--------------|--------------5-----------||
|--------------------------|--------------------------||
   |__|  |__|  |     |        |     |     |     |                         

A good song for beginners.

Know anyone who plays banjo? Chances are good that this is one of the first songs he or she learned. On the banjo, this tune is usually played in G, the same key as this arrangement.

This widely-known traditional American tune is also sometimes called "Brushy Fork" or "Shootin' Creek." It was recorded in 1924 (as a fiddle tune). A folklorist with the Library of Congress surmised that it dated to about 1904. Some people think it is even older.

If you like, you can hear a MIDI file of "Cripple Creek".


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