PLAY
Play Chorus                                                                                                  Return to Songs
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.
Verse is in the key of D, chorus is in F.
Play: Verse, Chorus, Chorus, Ending.
_______
 
Verse:
In Limehouse,  Where Orientals love to play,
In Limehouse,  Where you can hear those blues all day,
And they seem all around,  Like along, long sigh,
Queer sob sound,  Oh Honey Lamb they seem to cry.
 
Chorus:
Oh! Limehouse kid,  Oh! Oh! Oh! Limehouse kid,  Going the way that the rest of them did,
Poor broken blossom and nobody's child,  Haunting and taunting you're just kind o' wild.
Oh! Oh! Oh! Limehouse blues,  I've the real Limehouse blues,  Can't seem to shake off those sad China blues,
Rings on your fingers and tears for your crown,  That is the story of old Chinatown.
 
Ending:
Rings on your fingers and tears for your crown,  That is the story of old Chinatown.
_______
 
Watch The WineLand Banjo Band play "Limehouse Blues" (youtube)
 
Jim plays this song in a medley on YouTube (timestamp 3:20)
_______

Arranged by Jim Bottorff
 
This Chord Chart may not appear correctly with some browsers.  It should be viewed with a full size window.  
The chord names should appear in single rows.   Let me know of any problems.
 
email: jbott@ix.netcom.com