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“Babe, It Ain’t No Lie” — lyrics & chords

Words and music by Elizabeth Cotten. 1958. Adapted by Andru Bemis

Oh, babe it ain’t no lie, oh babe it ain’t no lie, oh babe it ain’t no lie, you know this life I live is mighty hard

  1. One old woman, Lord, in this town, she keeps tellin’ them lies on me. I wish to my soul that old woman would die, for tellin’ them lies on me
  2. I’ve been all around this great big world, I just got back today. Spent all my money givin’ it all to you, oh babe what can I do?
  3. I’ve been down so long, I guess it’s up to me, but nobody seems to care. I’m sittin’ here thinkin’ that if trouble was money I’d be a millionaire

(chorus)  C — E7 — Am — F — C — G – C

(verses)  C — F — C – G – C  |  C — F — C – G – C