Lakes of Ponchartrain lyrics and chords

The chords to Lakes of Ponchartrain are presented in the key of C. The lyrics are about a man who is in America but is longing to be home in Ireland.

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C 
It was one  
C/B 
fine 
 
March
Am-G 
morning I  
F 
bid New Orleans Adieu
 
And I  
C 
took the  
C/B 
road to  
Am 
Jackson 
 
 
G 
Town, my  
C 
fortune to renew
 
I  
C 
cursed all  
C/B 
foreign 
 
 
Am-G 
money, no  
C 
credit could I gain
 
Which  
C 
filled my  
C/B 
heart with a  
Am 
longing 
 
 
G 
for the Lakes of Ponchartrain

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I stepped on board of a railroad car beneath the morning sun
I rode the rods till evening and I laid me down again
All strangers there no friends to me ’til a dark girl towards me came
And I fell in love with the Creole Girl, by the Lakes of Ponchartrain

I said “Me pretty Creole Girl, me money here’s no good,
If it weren’t for the alligators, I’d sleep out there in the wood”
“You’re welcome here kind stranger, from such sad thoughts refrain”
“For me Mammy welcomes strangers, by the Lakes of Ponchartrain”

She took me into her mammy’s house and treated me right well
The hair upon her shoulders in jet black ringlets fell
To try and paint here beauty, I’m sure ‘twould be in vain
So handsome was my Creole girl by the Lakes of Ponchartrain

I asked her if she’d marry me, she said that ne’er could be
For she had got a lover and he was far at sea
She said that she would wait for him and true she would remain
Till he’d return to his Creole girl, on the Lakes of Ponchartrain

It’s fare thee well, me Creole girl, I’ll never see you more
I’ll never forget your kindness in the cottage by the shore
And at each social gathering, a flowing bowl I’ll drain
And I’ll drink a health to my Creole girl, by the Lakes of Ponchartrain

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[C]It was one [C/B]fine March[Am-G] morning I [F]bid New Orleans Adieu
And I [C]took the [C/B]road to [Am]Jackson [G]Town, my [C]fortune to renew
I [C]cursed all [C/B]foreign [Am-G]money, no [C]credit could I gain
Which [C]filled my [C/B]heart with a [Am]longing [G]for the Lakes of Ponchartrain

I stepped on board of a railroad car beneath the morning sun
I rode the rods till evening and I laid me down again
All strangers there no friends to me ’til a dark girl towards me came
And I fell in love with the Creole Girl, by the Lakes of Ponchartrain

I said “Me pretty Creole Girl, me money here’s no good,
If it weren’t for the alligators, I’d sleep out there in the wood”
“You’re welcome here kind stranger, from such sad thoughts refrain”
“For me Mammy welcomes strangers, by the Lakes of Ponchartrain”

She took me into her mammy’s house and treated me right well
The hair upon her shoulders in jet black ringlets fell
To try and paint here beauty, I’m sure ‘twould be in vain
So handsome was my Creole girl by the Lakes of Ponchartrain

I asked her if she’d marry me, she said that ne’er could be
For she had got a lover and he was far at sea
She said that she would wait for him and true she would remain
Till he’d return to his Creole girl, on the Lakes of Ponchartrain

It’s fare thee well, me Creole girl, I’ll never see you more
I’ll never forget your kindness in the cottage by the shore
And at each social gathering, a flowing bowl I’ll drain
And I’ll drink a health to my Creole girl, by the Lakes of Ponchartrain

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