My Guitar Songbook
Good Evening   |  Sign In 
Greensleeves

Breakdown Song Info  | MyTab

Greensleeves - Unknown

Setup & Info:

 Standard Tuning - 3/4 Time
 Audio File: willc's Music Library
 Song Info
 Download MyTab

erse:
------

  Am            Am        G
   _               _
    |   | | |   | | | |   | | |   | | |  
e|----|-------|-0---1-0-|-------|-------|
B|----|-1---3-|-1-------|-3---0-|-----0-|
G|--2-|-2-----|-2-------|-0-----|-0h2---|
D|----|-2-----|-2-------|-0-----|-0-----|
A|----|---0---|---0-----|-2-----|-2-----|
E|----|-------|---------|---3---|-3-----|

   F               E7

   | | |   | | |   | | |   | | |
e|-------|-------|-------|---0---|
B|-1-----|-------|-0-----|---0---|
G|-2---2-|-2-1-2-|-1---1-|---1---|
D|-3-----|-3-----|-0-----|-2-----|
A|-------|-------|-2-----|-------|
E|---1---|-------|---0---|-------|


  Am                      G
   _               _
    |   | | |   | | | |   | | |   | | |
e|----|-------|-0---1-0-|-------|-------|
B|----|-1---3-|-1-------|-3---0-|-----0-|
G|--2-|-2-----|-2-------|-0-----|-0h2---|
D|----|-2-----|-2-------|-0-----|-0-----|
A|----|---0---|---0-----|-2-----|-2-----|
E|----|-------|---------|---3---|-3-----|

   F       E7      Am

   | | |   | | |   | | |   | | |
e|-------|-------|-------|---0-0-|
B|-1-0---|-------|-------|---1-1-|
G|-2---2-|-1---1-|-2-----|---2-2-|
D|-3-----|-0-4---|---2---|-------|
A|-------|-2-----|-----3-|-0-----|
E|-------|-0-----|-------|-------|


Chorus:
------

   C                 G
              _
   | | |   | | | |   | | |   | | |
e|-3-----|-3---2-0-|-------|-------|
B|---1-1-|-1-------|-3---0-|-----0-|
G|---0-0-|-0-------|-0-----|-0h2---|
D|---2-2-|-2-------|-0-----|-0-----|
A|---3-3-|---3-----|-2-----|-2-----|
E|-------|---------|---3---|-3-----|

   F               E7

   | | |   | | |   | | |   | | |
e|-------|-------|-------|---0-0-|
B|-1-----|-------|-0-----|---0-0-|
G|-2-----|-2-1-2-|-1---1-|---1-1-|
D|-3-----|-3-----|-0-----|-2-----|
A|-------|-------|-2-----|-------|
E|---1-1-|-------|---0---|-------|

   C                 G
              _
   | | |   | | | |   | | |   | | |
e|-3-----|-3---2-0-|-------|-------|
B|---1-1-|-1-------|-3---0-|-----0-|
G|---0-0-|-0-------|-0-----|-0h2---|
D|---2-2-|-2-------|-0-----|-0-----|
A|---3-3-|---3-----|-2-----|-2-----|
E|-------|---------|---3---|-3-----|

   F       E7        Am
              _
   | | |   | | | |   | | |   | | |
e|-------|---------|-------|-0-----|
B|-1-0---|-0-------|-------|-1-----|
G|-2---2-|-1-----1-|-2-----|-2-----|
D|-3-----|-0---4---|---2---|-2-----|
A|-------|-2-------|-----3-|-0-----|
E|-------|---0-----|-------|-------|



Am       '         G     '
Alas, my love, you do me wrong,
   F       '       E7        '
To cast me out discourteously.
    Am      '         G    ' 
When I have loved you so long,
  F        E7      Am     '
Delighting in your company.


Chorus:

C+g    '         G      '  
Greensleeves was my delight
F      '         E7     '
Greensleeves was all my joy,
C+g    '         G           '  
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
    F           E7        Am     '
And who but my lady Greensleeves. 


Your vows you've broken, like my heart,
Oh, why did you so enrapture me?
Now I remain in a world apart
But my heart remains in captivity.

Chorus

I have been ready at your hand,
To grant whatever you would crave,
I have both wagered life and land,
Your love and good-will for to have.

Chorus

If you intend thus to disdain,
It does the more enrapture me,
And even so, I still remain
A lover in captivity.

Chorus

My men were clothed all in green,
And they did ever wait on thee;
All this was gallant to be seen,
And yet thou wouldst not love me.

Chorus

Thou couldst desire no earthly thing,
But still thou hadst it readily.
Thy music still to play and sing;
And yet thou wouldst not love me.

Chorus

Well, I will pray to God on high,
That thou my constancy mayst see,
And that yet once before I die,
Thou wilt vouchsafe to love me.

Chorus

Ah, Greensleeves, now farewell, adieu,
To God I pray to prosper thee,
For I am still thy lover true,
Come once again and love me.

Chorus
        
 
 

Rate this Song
Website Stats
Greensleeves - Unknown




Greensleeves - Unknown
Adder: Bill Charrette [ willc ]
Date: 7/19/2012
Audio: willc's Music Library
Rated: (3) Hot! Popular!
Views: 1459
MyTab DL: 817
Genre: Traditional
 
  Previous Song  Previous | Next  Next Song   

Greensleeves

The Tab file here is my own work and represents my interpretation of the song. Tab files with reference to any artist are not meant to be actual transcriptions of copyrighted material. All rights belong to the copyright holders.

Note: I have learned many songs that I do not think I could have learned without the help of Tab. It seems that breaking the songs down into their various parts (intro, verse, chorus, bridge etc.) and writing the tab is part of my process of learning the songs and helps me remember them better.

 Download MyTab

Greensleeves - Unknown
Greensleeves

Greensleeves is a traditional English folk song and tune, a ground either of the form called a romanesca or of its slight variant, the passamezzo antico.

The tune is found in several late-16th-century and early 17th-century sources, such as Ballet's MS Lute Book and Het Luitboek van Thysius, as well as various manuscripts preserved in the Cambridge University libraries.

There is a persistent belief that Greensleeves was composed by Henry VIII for his lover and future queen consort Anne Boleyn. Boleyn allegedly rejected King Henry's attempts to seduce her and this rejection may be referred to in the song when the writer's love "cast me off discourteously". However, Henry did not compose "Greensleeves", which is probably Elizabethan in origin and is based on an Italian style of composition that did not reach England until after his death.

Read More  Read More