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Darling Cory [core]

Wake up, wake up, Darling Cory
What makes you 5 sleep so 1 sound
The revenuers are a-coming
Gonna tear your 5 still house 1 down

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
We're gonna lay Darling Cory down

Well, the first time I seen Darling Cory
She's lookin' out on the sea
She had a forty-four buckled around her
And a banjo on her knee

Wake up, wake up, Darling Cory
And bring to me my gun
I ain't no man for trouble
but I'll die before I run

Go away, go away, Darling Cory
Go do the best you can
I'll get me a no-drinkin' woman
You get you another man

Don't you hear them bluebirds singin'
Don't you hear that mournful sound
They're preachin' Cory's funeral
In the lonesome graveyard ground

Available in these books:

Get Started Plus:
Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
Listen to sample tracks.

The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.


A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com