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Submitted by: Barrie McCombs (firstname.lastname@example.org) Words and music: West Indian (may be traditional) Performer: Harry Belafonte Album: Streets I Have Walked THE BORNING DAY Time: 4/4 Tenor: D(Bm) Bass: C(Am) Key: G INTRO: 6m, 6m 6m * * 5 Mary and the Baby, .. hungry; yes we know what hungry be 6m 7m 6m 2 6m .. So we bring them peas and rice, and a little ginger tea 1 5 1 6m .. Only pigeon peas and rice, a little ginger tea 1 5 1 6m .. Mary thank us with her eyes, she poor the same as we 1 2m 6m * She poor the same as we 6m * * 5 Mary and the Baby, .. lonely; lonely is not good to be 6m 7m 6m 2 6m So we sit a while, and chat a while, to keep them compa-ny 1 5 1 6m Stay a while, make the baby smile, pass the time of day 1 5 1 6m When we see how pleased they be, it make us glad we stay 1 2m 6m * So glad that we could stay 6m * * 5 Mary and the Baby, .. weary; oh, we know what weary be 6m 7m 6m 2 6m So we make a bed, and pillow for their head, with down from the maho tree 1 5 1 6m Only down from the maho tree, to rest them soft and good 1 5 1 6m We feel bad, these be all we had; we do the best we could 1 2m 6m * We do the best we could 6m * * 5 Mary and the Babe rest .. easy; we go away and let them be 6m 7m 6m 2 6m On hushed tiptoe, and voice kept low, we look up and see 1 5 1 6m Star of hope shine in the sky, to mark the Baby's birth 1 5 1 6m Seem to say, it's Borning Day, of better times on Earth 1 2m 6m * Of better times on Earth NOTES: SYMBOLS: - Asterisk (*) = new measure, play same chord - Period (.) = 1/8 note rest at start of a measure - Underline(_) = sustain note into next measure CHORDS (Number System): - Example: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - Key of C: C D E F G A B Click here for detailed information about Nashville numberingHome