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Limehouse Blues
Words by Douglas Forber, Music by Philip Braham - 1922
Verse:
D C              D - -
F#m G#7(b5)   F#m - A7
D7 G F#7 Bm
D C              D -             Gm D
Chorus:
Bb9 - G9 -
F A7           Dm G7 C7
Bb9 - G7 -
F             D7 Gm Bbm6      C7 F     (to chorus)       
Ending:
F             D7 Gm Bbm6      C7          (End)
8-beat intro.  Play 4-beats for each cell, reading from left to right.
This song is in two keys, the verse is in D and the chorus in F.
Play: Verse, Chorus, Chorus, Ending.
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Verse:
In Lime - house,  Where O - ri - en - tals love to play,
In Lime - house,  Where you can hear those blues all day,
And they seem all a - round,  Like a - long, long sigh,
Queer sob sound,  Oh Hon - ey Lamb they seem to cry.
 
Chorus:
Oh! Lime - house kid,  Oh! Oh! Oh! Lime - house kid,  Go - ing the way that the rest of them did,
Poor brok - en blos - som and no - bod - y's child,  Haunt - ing and taunt - ing you're just kind o' wild.
Oh! Oh! Oh! Lime - house blues,  I've the real Lime - house blues,  Can't seem to shake off those sad Chin - a blues,
Rings on your fin - gers and tears for your crown,  That is the sto - ry of old Chin - a - town.
 
Ending:
Rings on your fin - gers and tears for your crown,  That is the sto - ry of old Chin - a - town.
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Click here to watch WineLand Banjo Band play "Limehouse Blues" (youtube)
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Arranged by Jim Bottorff
 
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