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[intro]
Am     G    3x
F  Em  Am

[verse]
       Am          G
In the south of alabamy 
         Am          G
Near the gulf of Mexico
       Am                  G
On the banks of the ol' Tombigbee
         F   Em             Am
Walks an old lost forgotten soul

[verse]
       Am            G
He was once a man of virtue
      Am            G
Sadly less a man of means
          Am                  G
He said Cecelia I wont let'em hurt you
             F    Em            Am
I'll set you free. I'll set you free

[chorus]
   F               Em                  Am
My love for you is stronger than these plantation walls
       F            G        Am
And it howls at the moon at night
         F              G
It don't know about the law
          C       B/C      Am
And it is at your beck and call
     G/Am    F
I'll set you free 
  G               Em   Am  
Cecelia don't you cry
G/Am   F
by and by 
  G               Am
Cecelia don’t you cry

[verse] 
She was born into subjection
She was born without a say
He was her first and only revelation
That she might not die that way

[verse] 
I will love you all the seasons
What you want is what I'll be
I'll be your rock I'll be your reason
Just set me free. Just set me free.

[chorus]
My heart is so much stronger than these plantation walls
And it howls at the moon at night
It don't care about the law
And every night I hear it call
I'll set us free 
Cecelia don't you cry
by and by 
Cecelia don't you cry

[bridge]
       F            Em              Am
He had never been inclined to help another man die 
          F           G                   Am
Until the boss man declined their wish to leave
       F            Em              Am
With Cecelia at his side under that dark October sky 
              F                  G                E7
They climbed aboard his boat and left that man to bleed

   F               Em                Am
No sooner than the boss man died his fury fell out of the sky
F                 G                Am
Racer's storm was on the hunt they say
  F               Em                   Am
Revenge and water filled that boat and sank his one and only hope
      F               G            E7
As he heard Cecelia's cries fading away

[verse]
In the south of alabamy 
Near the gulf of Mexico
On the banks of the ol' Tombigbee
Walks an old lost forgotten soul

[verse]
From those murky, shallow waters
To the Caribbean sea
You can hear him cry Cecelia 
Come set me free. Come set me free