Chords and Lyrics for The Wearing of the Green
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Traditional Music Words by Dion Boucicault VERSE 1 F C O Paddy dear, and did you hear the news that's going 'round? Bb F The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground; C Saint Patrick's day no more we'll keep, his color can't be seen, Bb F For there's a bloody law agin' the wearin' o' the green. Bb F I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand, Bb F G7 C And he said, "How's poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?" F C She's the most distressful country that ever you have seen; Bb F They're hanging men and women there for wearing of the green. VERSE 2 F C Then since the color we must wear is England's cruel red, Bb F Sure Ireland's sons will ne'er forget the blood that they have shed. C You may take the shamrock from your hat, and cast it on the sod, Bb F But 'twill take root and flourish still, though underfoot 'tis trod. Bb F When the law can stop the blades of grass from growing as they grow, Bb F G7 C And when the leaves in summertime their verdure dare not show, F C Then I will change the color I wear in my caubeen, Bb F But, till that day, I'll stick for aye to wearing of the green. VERSE 3 F C But if at last our color should be torn from Ireland's heart, Bb F Her sons with shame and sorrow from the dear old soil will part. C I've heard whisper of a country that lies far beyond the sea Bb F Where rich and poor stand equal in the light of freedom's day. Bb F O Erin, we must leave you, driven by the tyrant's hand, Bb F G7 C Must we ask a mother's welcome from a strange but happy land; F C Where the cruel cross of England's thraldom never shall be seen, Bb F And where, in peace, we'll live and die awearing of the green!
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|Banjo||Bb Major C Major F Major G7|
|Guitar||Bb Major C Major F Major G7|
|Mandolin||Bb Major C Major F Major G7|
|Piano||Bb Major C Major F Major G7|
|Ukulele||Bb Major C Major F Major G7|
Sheet Music for The Wearing of the Green
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