Aura Lee - guitar tab, notes, chords and lyrics
“Aura Lee” is an American Civil War song from the 1860s. The melody may be more known as a song recorded by Elvis Presley with the title “Love Me Tender”. “Aura Lee” is written by W. W. Fosdick and the music by George R. Poulton.
Aura Lee (full accompaniment)
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Aura Lee guitar accompaniment
Aura Lee for ukelele
"Aura Lee" for ukelele in the C tuning. Free download in pdf-file and audio.
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Aura Lee (only melody)
"Aura Lee" tablature notation for guitar.
Tips on how to learn this song
The presented arrangement of the melody is played in open position (open strings and the first four frets). As you can see, the highest and the two lowest strings aren't involved, which makes the song easier to memorize. Notice the 16-bar structure with the identical parts of bars 1-4 and 5-8. The last part of the song, bars 13-16, is also almost identical with the first two parts, which makes it a AABA structure.
Lyrics and chords
Aura Lee chords in the key of GVerse 1:
(G)As the blackbird (A7)in the spring (D7)'neath the willow (G)tree
(G)Sat and piped I (A7)heard him sing (D7)sing of (G)Aura Lee.
(G)Aura Lee! (Em)Aura Lee! (C)Maid of golden (G)hair
(G)Sunshine came along (A7)with thee, and (D7)swallows in the(G) air.
The lyrics above presents are shortened version of the song. There are possibilities to change to key by using a capo. These are the keys that the song would transpose in depending on which fret the capo is put:
- Capo 1: G# / Ab major
- Capo 2: A major
- Capo 3: A# / Bb major
- Capo 4: B major
- Capo 5: C major
Key, time, tuning and tempo
Information about "Aura Lee" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.
Aura Lee is played in the key of G.
The song is played in 4/4 tempo (counted one, two, three for each measure).
The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).
The tempo in beats per minute is 100 for the presented version.