Nellie Kane - Chords, Lyrics, and Intro

Written by Tim O'Brien of the bluegrass band Hot Rize and covered by Phish among others. This post includes an intro/break arrangement for guitar as well as the lyrics and chords.

Hot Rize normally kicked off the song with the banjo and mandolin playing simultaneously. The rest of the band joined in after the intro was played a couple of times through. This particular arrangement is for guitar and can be played as the intro or as a solo break during the song.

This version is played in the key of C. Hot Rize normally played it in E. Capo fret II for the key of D and fret IV for the key of E.
Here is the tab for 1x through. Repeat as necessary.
tabstave notes 0-2/3 | 1/2 (1/2.0/1) 1/2 (1/2.0/1) 2-0/3 2/4 0/3 (1/2.0/1) | 1-1/2 2-0/3 2/4 0/3 (1/2.0/1) 3/5 (1/2.0/1) tabstave notes 1/2 (1/2.0/1) 1/2 (1/2.0/1) 2-0/3 2/4 0/3 (1/2.0/1) | 2-0/3 2-0/4 3/5 0/5 (1/2.2/3.2/4) 2/4 (1/2.2/3.2/4) | 0/4 (3/6.2/5.3/1) 0-2/4 0/4 2-3/5 (1/2.2/4.3/5)
INTRO (See above)
As a young man I went riding out on the western plain
C                                           Am      G             C
In the state of North Dakota I met my Nellie Kane, I met my Nellie Kane
She was living in a lonely cabin, with a son by another man
C                                                     Am      G               C    C7
Five years she had waited for him, as long as a woman can, as long as a woman can

        F                    C
I don't know what changed my mind
            G                C
'Til then I was the ramblin' kind
            F              C
The kind of love I can't explain
       G               C
That I have for Nellie Kane


Well she took me on to work that day, to help her till the land
In the afternoon we planted seeds
In the evening we held hands, in the evening we held hands
Her blue eyes told me everything a man could want to know
And it was then I realized that I would never go, I would never go



Now many years have gone by, her son has grown up tall
I became a father to him and she became my all, she became my all

[CHORUS - Repeat last 2 lines]

Tags: chords, intro, tim obrien, hot rize, phish, lyrics, lead guitar, break, key of c

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    thanks for posting the tab. It sounds pretty good. I on the other hand don't. :-) Still working on the timing
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    @toady115 Posted it... let me know what you think.
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    @toady115 Thanks! I'll put up the tab when I get some free time in the next couple of days.
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    Nice job thanks for posting this. I'm looking forward to the tab or notation soon.

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Author: jkeen
Category: Bluegrass
Instrument: Guitar
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Created: 8 years ago
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