The Minstrel Boy

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Music by Traditional Irish Air (The Moreen)
Lyrics by Thomas Moore

VERSE 1

    G                       D7 G 
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,

       C     D  Em   Bm         D7   G 
In the ranks of death___ you'll find him;

                              D  Em 
His father's sword he has girded on,

Bm      C    G    Em    G    D7   G 
And his wild harp slung___ behind him.

 Em   Bm Em              D  A   D 
"Land of song!" said the warriorbard,

        Em            Bm Em 
"Though all the world betrays thee,

C   G                           D     Em 
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,

Bm  C    G   Em   G        D7     G 
One faithful harp___ shall praise thee!"

VERSE 2

    G                         D7    G 
The minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain

          C     D   Em    Bm   D7 G 
Could not bring his proud soul under;

                              D Em 
The harp he loved ne'er spoke again,

Bm     C    G   Em     G   D7 G 
For he tore its chords___ asunder

    Em     Bm Em           D  A  D 
And said, "No chains shall sully thee,

     Em           Bm  Em 
Thou soul of love and bravery!

C   G                             D   Em 
Thy songs were made for the brave and free,

Bm         C  G  Em    G     D7   G 
They shall never sound___ in slavery!"

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Chords

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