THE FAMINE SONG LYRICS AND CHORDS
THE PRATIES 4/4 (traditional) The tune of this song is similar, but not identical to the air of ‚Sam Hall’ . Although the song's title is The Famine Song, there's no mention of a famine in the lyrics. I think Carolyn Hester who used to sing with Bob Dylan was the first to record this one in 1963 and called it ''The Praties They Grow Small'' . Chords by Marc.
Oh, the (G)praties they grow (D)small over (G)here,
Oh, the praties they grow small (C)over (D)here,
Oh, the (C)praties they grow small, and we (G)dig them in the (D)fall
And we (Em)eat them, (Am)skin and (D)all, over (G)here
Oh, we're (G)down into the (D)dust, over (G)here,
Oh, we're down into the dust, (C)over (D)here,
Oh, we're (C)down into the dust, but the (G)Lord in whom we (D)trust
Will re(Em)pay us (Am)crumb for (D)crust over (G)here.
Oh we (G)wish that we were geese, (D)night and (G)morn,
Oh we wish that we were geese, (C)night and (D)morn,
Oh we (C)wish that we were geese, and could (G)live our lives in (D)peace
Till the (Em)hour of our re(Am)lease, eating (D)c