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Short Life of Trouble [core]

Remember what you promised
Not 4 more than a week a1 go
You 4 promised that you'd 1 marry (6m) me
Standing 1 in your 5 mama's back 1 door

Short life of trouble
A few more words to part
Short life of trouble, dear girl
Poor boy with a broken heart

Now you've broken your promise
Go marry who you may
For this old world's so big and so wide
I'll ramble back some day

Now you've gone and left me
And I don't know what to do
I'd give this world and half of my life
Just to be married to you

I hear the train a-comin'
I hear the whistle blow
I'd rather be dead in some lonesome graveyard
Than to see my darling go

My right foot's on the platform
My left foot's on the train
I'm leaving you and this lonesome old town
Never to return again

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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.