This slave work-song was adapted up by Pete Seeger during his time with The Weavers. It was later picked up by the Kingston Trio and was the standout track on Bruce Springsteen’s The Seeger Sessions.
It’s just two chords all the way through so dead easy.
You can use this as the main pattern:
d – d u d u d u
In the verse, chorus and solo: On the first line play it three times on D and once on the A. Then vice versa (three A, one D) on the second. Here’s how that sounds:
The one tricky bit is the intro. The timing is a bit strange. It’s like the verses but with a extra bar of 2/4. Which may have been a mistake. Anyway, I’d recommend getting rid of it for your version.
The second solo works really well on ukulele. Here’s a quick tab of that.