'Greensleeves' Chords

Learn Christmas Songs on the Guitar

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Chords Used: Bm (x24432) | G (320003) | A7 (x02020) | Em (022000) | D (xx0232) | B7 (x21202) | E (022100)

   Em     G         D     Bm
Alas, my love, you do me wrong,
   Em          B7
To cast me off discourteously.
    Em     G         D        B
For I have loved you well and long,
   Em      B7      Em
Delighting in your company.

G                D
Greensleeves was all my joy
Em               B7
Greensleeves was my delight,
G                   D
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
    Em         B7   E
And who but my lady greensleeves.

Additional Verses:
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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.