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Red Rocking Chair [core]

I ain't got no use for your red rocking chair
I (3b) ain't got no sugar baby 1m now
No I (3b) ain't got no honey baby 1m now

And it's who'll rock the cradle, and who'll sing this song
Who'll be your honey when I'm gone
Who'll be your honey when I'm gone

I'll rock the cradle, and I'll sing this song
I'll rock the cradle when you're gone
yes I'll rock the cradle when you're gone

Laid her in the shade, gave her every dime I made
What more could a poor boy do
What more could a poor boy do

I've done all I can do, said all I can say
I'll sing it to your mama next payday
I'll sing it to your mama next payday

Some old rounder come along, took my sugar babe and gone
And I ain't got no sugar baby now
No I ain't got no honey baby now

Available in these books:

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Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
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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.

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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