Eileen Aroon

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Traditional Music
Lyrics by Gerald Grifin

VERSE 1

G     C    D7  G 
When, like the early rose,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

    C  D7 G 
Beauty in childhood blows,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

             C 
When, like a diadem,

Em         D7 G 
Buds blush around the stem,

         D7  Em      Bm 
Which is the fairest gem?

G C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

VERSE 2

G  C  D7  G 
Is it the laughing eye,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

   C  D7  G 
Is it the timid sigh,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

          C 
Is it the tender tone,

Em      D7  G 
Soft as the stringed harp's moan!

       D7 Em     Bm 
Oh, it is truth alone,

G C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

VERSE 3

G     C    D7  G 
When, like the rising day,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

     C     D7  G 
Love sends his early ray,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

               C 
What makes his dawning glow

Em         D7      G 
Changeless through joy and woe?

     D7  Em       Bm 
Only the constant know,  

G C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

VERSE 4

G C    D7 G 
I know a  valley fair,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

  C    D7 G 
I knew a  cottage there,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

            C 
Far in that valley's shade,

Em     D7 G 
I knew a  gentle maid,

       D7   Em    Bm 
Flower of a hazel glade,

G C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

VERSE 5

G   C  D7  G 
Who in the song so sweet?

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

    C  D7  G 
Who in the dance so fleet?

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

              C 
Dear were her charms to me,

Em     D7  G 
Dearer her laughter free,

        D7  Em     Bm 
Dearest her constancy,

G C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

VERSE 6

G    C   D7 G 
Were she no longer true,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

     C      D7  G 
What should her lover do,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

             C 
Fly with his broken chain 

Em       D7  G 
Far o'er the sounding main,

      D7 Em    Bm 
Never to love again,

G C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

VERSE 7

G     C    D7   G 
Youth must with time decay,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

    C  D7   G 
Beauty must fade away,

  C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

            C 
Castles are sacked in war, 

Em         D7  G 
Chieftains are scattered far,

         D7 Em    Bm 
Truth is a  fixed star,

G C    D7 G 
Eileen aroon!

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Chords

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Instrument Chords
Banjo B Minor C Major D7 E Minor G Major
Guitar B Minor C Major D7 E Minor G Major
Mandolin B Minor C Major D7 E Minor G Major
Piano B Minor C Major D7 E Minor G Major
Ukulele B Minor C Major D7 E Minor G Major