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Natalie Merchant – House Carpenter tab
HOUSE CARPENTER (traditional arr. Natalie Merchant on "The House Carpenter's Daughter) Tabbed by Izzylou Capo 3 Banjo intro: (play G) (still banjo) G Cadd6 "well met, well met G and I know true love Cadd6 well met, well met", said he F* (* see note) "I'm just returning from the salt, salt sea G and it's all for the love of thee" G Cadd6 "come in, come in G my own true love G Cadd6 and have a seat with me F it's been three-fourths of a long, long year G (Begin strumming) since together we have been" G Cadd6 "no I can't come in G and I can't sit down Cadd6 G for I have but a moment's time F they say that you're married to a house carpenter G (rest of the band comes in) and your heart shall never be mine" G Cadd6 "well I could have married G a king's daughter fair Cadd6 G she would have mar-ried me F but I forsaked upon her crowns of gold G (Fiddle comes in) and it's all for the love of thee" G Cadd6 "now will you forsake on G your house carpenter Cadd6 G and go along with me? F I'll take you where The grass grows green G On the banks of the bitter reeds" Break/Fiddle Solo: G, Cadd6 G Cadd6 G F G G Cadd6 G She pick'd up her wee little babe Cadd6 G And kisses gave it three saying, F "stay right here my darling little one G keep your papa company" Break/Fiddle Solo: (Like the first) G, Cadd6 G Cadd6 G F G G Cadd6 Now they had not been G On the ship two weeks Cadd6 G I swear it was not three F When his true love began To weep and moan G And she wept most bitterly G Cadd6 "now are you weeping G for my silver and gold Cadd6 G F are you weeping for my store or are you weeping for that house carpenter G that you ne'er shall see no more?" G Cadd6 a curse, a curse G on the sailor she cried Cadd6 G a curse, a curse she swore F "you robbed me of my sweet little babe G that I ne'er shall see no more!" Break/Fiddle Solo: G, Cadd6 G Cadd6 G F G (Slower) G Cadd6 well, they had not been G on the ship three weeks Cadd6 G I swear it was not four F Until there came a leak in the ship G end. And she sank to rise no more... * The guitar during this section does little variations. I suggest if playing by yourself play: Fadd9 F Fmaj7 F Fadd9 F Famj7 G Xx 32 13 3211 3210 3211 EADGBe To give it a more complete and richer sound. Cadd6 x3203