On Top of Old Smokey
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On top of old Smoky, all covered with snow
I lost my true lover from courting too slow

Though courting's a pleasure and parting is grief
A false-hearted lover is worse than a thief

For a thief will just rob you and take what you have
But a false-hearted lover will lead you to the grave

The grave will decay you and turn you to dust
Not one boy in a thousand a poor girl can trust

He'll hug you and kiss you and tell you more lies
Than cross-ties on a railroad or stars in the skies

Recorded by Ives
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Philip Gerlach

I'm sure this song is missing a verse?
Verse 3 goes:_
"And the grave will decay you,
and turn you to dust,
Not one boy in a hundred,
Of whom none can trust"

Emily Monroe

@Philip Gerlach true!

Philip Gerlach

@Emily Monroe Agreed but nothing can beat the original version (!) 😉

Emily Monroe

There are different versions.

John Wade

Very first song I learned on guitar. Three chords G, C, and D

Wanda Y. Jackson

Bruh I had to search this to know how to play this in the book


Your mean how to play the notes correctly?
Haha me too

Arath Sanchez

Wanda Y. Jackson I just came to see how it actually sounded

Austin Reed

The song is about how he lost his true love for being too slow, and now he has to make do with fake lovers, even if he knows the fake love will kill him eventually. Deep.


Ever since my grandmother died, my grandfather has sung in the afternoon quitely to himself. He does a number of songs (Star-Spangled Banner and a couple others,) but the most repeated one, and what I think is his favourite, is this one. Quietly sung in the corner of the room and slowly, giving each word meaning, can really bring out the sorrow in this song.

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