Songbook/Aura Lee

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American civil war song – Alternative title: Aura Lea (with other words, also known as Love Me Tender), Text: W. W. Fosdick (1861 publ.), Melody : George R. Poulton (1861 publ.), arranged by Paniolo  

guitar accompaniment suggestion ukulele (gcea)

F G C7

Aura Lee

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Publication of 1861
1st Verse
[F]As the blackbird [G]in the spring [C7]'neath the willow [F]tree
[F]Sat and rocked, I [G]heard him sing, [C7]singing Aura [F]Lee
[F]Aura Lee, Aura Lee, maid with golden hair
[F]Sunshine came a-[G]long with thee and [C7]swallows in the [F]air

2nd Verse
[F]Take my heart and [G]take my ring I [C7]give my all to [F]thee
[F]Take me for e-[G]ternity [C7]dearest Aura [F]Lee

3rd Verse
[F]In her blush the [G]rose was born 'twas [C7]music when she [F]spoke
[F]In her eyes the [G]light of morn [C7]sparkling seemed to [F]break

Last Verse
[F]Aura Lee the [G]bird may flee the [C7]willow' golden [F]hair
[F]Then the wintry [G]winds may be [C7]blowing ev'ry-[F]where
Last Chorus
[F]Yet if thy blue |eyes I see |gloom will soon depart
[F]For to me sweet [G]Aura Lee is [C7]sunshine to the [F]heart


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Verse Chorus (simple ) Chorus (more complex)
| F | G | C7 | F ||
| F | G | C7 | F ||
| F | - | - | - ||
| F | G | C7 | F ||
| F A7 | Dm F7 | Bb Bbm | F ||
| F D7 | G | C7 | F ||

Version for solo guitar

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For this song, there is a solo guitar book version in C major. If you want to keepthe F major tonality, you needa Capo on the 5th Guitar fret. [1]

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  1. To listen to the midis we recommend Karaoke Player of vanBasco. It's a very good midi player that can slow down the piece and pitch the tonality to F-major.