Twenty One Years lyrics and chords
21 years was written in 1930 in the USA by Bob Miller, info. supplied by Garrett Taylor, Recorded by Daniel O'Donnell, Ryans Fancy and by Dermot Hegerty. The youtube guitar lesson is by myself. A simple 2 chord job in the key of G in chordpro. If the chords don't suit you try changing the chords here. The sheet music is included. When I used to sing this song to myself as a child I often wondered what this man was put in prison for, I suppose I must of thought the song was for real. The banjo / mandolin chords are included, tuned to Irish tenor banjo GDAE.
21 Years Song Words And Chords In The Key Of G Major
The[G judge said stand up lad and dry up your[D7] tears,
Your sentenced to Dartmore for twenty one[G] years,
So dry up your tears babe and kiss me good[D7]bye,
For the[D] best friends must part babe,so must you and[G] I,
I hear the train coming, t'will be here at nine,
To take me to Dartmore to serve up my time,
I look down the railway,and plainly I see,
Your standing there waving your good bye's to me.
Six months have gone by babe,I wish I was dead,
This cold weary prison,a stone for my head,
It's raining it's hailing,the moon gives no light,
Oh wont you tell me babe,why you never wright.
I've counted the days babe I've counted the nights,
I've counted the footsteps I've counted the lights
I've counted the raindrops I've counted the stars,
I've counted a million of these prison bars.
I waited I trusted I longed for the day,
A life-time so lonely,now my hair's turning grey,
But my thoughts are for you babe till I'm out of my mind,
For twenty one years is a mighty long time.
Included below is the banjo / mandolin chord shapes for an Irish tenor banjo tuned GDAE .
Here's the sheet music for Twenty One Years.
Below is an alternative version of the music notes and a little bit easier to play.