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The Minstrel Boy chords

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THE MINSTREL BOY TO THE WAR HAS GONE

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    D                       A   D
The minstrel boy to the war has gone.
       G     D                 A    D
In the ranks of death you will find him.
                             A   D
His father's sword he has girded on
        G    D            A    D
And his wild harp slung behind him.


Bm    A  G      A        G  A    D
"Land of song," said the warrior bard,
        G               A    D
"Though all the world betray thee,
                             A     D
One sword at least thy roads shall guard,
    G                    A      D
One faithful heart shall praise thee."


The minstrel fell, but the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under.
The harp he loved never spoke again,
For he tore its cords asunder,


And said, "No chain shall sully thee
Thou soul of love and bravery.
My songs remain for the pure and free.
They shall never sound in slavery."

            
            
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wkelsey26 10 Aug 22, 2017 05:54 PM

A third set of verses and chorus were written by the Irish fighting during tje American civil war. Just for those interested:

The Minstrel Boy will return we pray
When we hear the news we all will cheer it,
The minstrel boy will return one day,
Torn perhaps in body, not in spirit.
Then may he play on his harp in peace,
In a world such as Heaven intended,
For all the bitterness of man must cease,
And ev'ry battle must be ended.

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