“Hard Times” — lyrics & chords

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Words and music by Stephen Foster. 1854. Arranged by Andru Bemis

               B                            B7 Let us pause in life’s pleasures            E                  E7        B And count its many cares                                        E              E7               B While we all sup sorrow with the poor                                                       B7 There’s a song that will linger  E                E7         B Forever in our ears                            E            E7             B Hard times come again no more                  B                   B7                  E  E7  B It’s the song, the sigh of the weary                             G#m               E                              F# Hard times, hard times come again no more               B                               B7                E                    E7        B Many days you have lingered around my cabin door                            E            E7             B Hard times come again no more While we seek mirth and beauty And music light and gay There are frail forms fainting at my door Though their voices are silent Their pleading looks still say “Hard times come again no more” There’s a pale drooping maiden Who toils her life away With a worn heart whose better days are o’er Though her voice would be merry ‘Tis sighing all the way “Hard times come again no more” It’s a sigh that is wafted Across the troubled wave It’s a wail that is heard upon the shore It’s a dirge that is murmured Around the lowly grave “Hard times come again no more”