Standard guitar tuning:EADGBENo capo
ChorusElisa: They Gmcall me The Wild CmRosGme But my nB♭ame was Elisa DDay Why they cGmall me it I do not kCmnowGm For my name was FElisa GmDay
VerseHe: From the Gmfirst day I saw her I knew B♭she was the one As she Cmstared in my eyes and sDmiled For her Gmlips were the color of the B♭roses They Cmgrew down the river, all bDloody and wild
VerseElisa: When he knocked on my door and entered the room My trembling subsided in his sure embrace He would be my first man, and with a careful hand He wiped the tears that ran down my face
VerseHe: On the second day I brought her a flower She was more beautiful than any woman I'd seen I said, "Do you know where the wild roses grow So sweet and scarlet and free?"
VerseElisa: On the second day he came with a single rose Said: "Will you give me your loss and your sorrow?" I nodded my head, as I lay on the bed He said, "If I show you the roses will you follow?"
VerseElisa: On the third day he took me to the river He showed me the roses and we kissed And the last thing I heard was a muttered word As he stood smiling above me with a rock in his fist
VerseHe: On the last day I took her where the wild roses grow And she lay on the bank, the wind light as a thief As I kissed her goodbye, I said, "All beauty must die" And I lent down and planted a rose between her teeth ending chorus: Elisa: They call me The Wild Rose But my name was Elisa Day Why they call me it I do not know For my name was Elisa Day For my Gmname was FElisa GmDay For my Gmname was FElisa GmDay