Mudcat Café message #35682 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #6165   Message #35682
Posted By: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
22-Aug-98 - 08:40 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Make Sure My Grave Is Kept Clean
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN
Here is the transcription from "The Anthology of American Folk Music", edited by John Dunson and Ethel Raim.

This is the Blind Lemon version and it is transcribed by Ethel Raim

See That My Grave is Kept Clean

Well its [E]one kind[B7]favor I ask of [E]you
Well, it's [A] one kind favor I ask of [E]you
Lord, its one kind thing, I'll ask of you
. See that my grave is kept clean

It's a long lane ain't got no end (3X)
It's a bad way that don' ever change

Lord, it's two white horses in a line (3X)
Will take me to my burrying ground

My heart stopped beating and my hands got cold (3X)
It's a long, long story that the bible told

Have you ever heard a chughin' sound? (3X)
Then you know that the poor boy is in the ground

Oh, dig my grave with a silver spade (3X)
You may lead me down with a golden chain

Have you ever heard the church bell toll? (3X)
Then you know that the poor boy's dead and gone

In the first verse, the letters in brackets are the chords placed right before the change. The (3X) means repeat three times.

There is a transcription of the fingepicking accompanyment by Stefan Grossman in his lessons "Fingerpicking Country Blues Guitar"

Murray