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MacNamara's Band – Traditional Irish

C     G                          A7     D   G
Oh my name is MacNamara, I'm the leader of a band,
   C                  G                 Em7       A7      D
Although we're few in number, we're the finest in all the land.
   C                 G                Em7    A7     D
Of course I’m the conductor, and I’ve often  had to play
     C                G              Em7   A7     G
With all the fine musicians that you read about today.

    G                                                         C
The drums they bang, the cymbals clang, the horns they blaze away,
                   G                 Em7   A7         G
McCarthy puffs the ould bassoon, and I the pipes does play.
Hennessey Tennessee toot the flute, the music is something grand,
      C              G                   Em7  A7     G
And a credit to ould Ireland’s, boys is  MacNamara's Band.

    C        G                A7      D     G
Whenever an election's on, we play on either side,
        C               G                     Em7    A7         D
And the way we play the fine ould airs, fills every  heart with pride.
   C                  G                Em7       A7   D
If dear Tom Moore was living now, he'd make them understand
     C               G                  Em7  A7     G
That none can do him justice, like ould MacNamara's Band.

Repeat Chorus:

   D7                G                A7    D7     G
We play for fairs or weddings and for every County Ball,
       C               G                    Em7  A7       D
And at any great man's funeral we play "The Dead March in Saul."
     C                G                Em7      A7     D
When General Grant to Ireland came, he shook me by the hand,
    C             G                       Em7  A7     G
And said he never heard the like, of ould MacNamara's Band.

Repeat Chorus.
D7               G               A7   D7     G
Just now we are practicing for a very grand affair,
        C          G                Em7    A7      D
It's an annual celebration, all the gentry will be there.
    C                   G                  Em7       A7       D
The girls and boys will all turn out, with flags and colours grand,
       C               G                Em7  A7     G
And in front of the procession, will be MacNamara's Band.       (Slowing)
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