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The Minstrel Boy Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
From: abostick@netcom.com (Alan L. Bostick)
Subject: CRD: The Minstrel Boy (trad) was :REQ: Man Who Would Be King

rbeach@emr1.emr.ca (Rick Beach) writes:

>       The subject line is the name of a movie (since I don't know the
>name of the song :-( ). The song is sung by Sean Connery and Michael
>Caine in the movie. I think it is an old Irish or Scottish war/glory/
>love/sacrifice ballad. It has a haunting melody and I would love to
>get chords and tab. Sorry if this is pretty vague :-(


Here are the chords to the traditional Irish song, "The Minstrel Boy
to the War Has Gone"

(I just checked my songbook:  I _do_ have tab.  It will take me some
time (over the weekend, I think) to get it into machine-readable form
I'll be following this up then.)



    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 faithDful 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."
                        | ELYOT:   Nasty insistent little tune. 
-- Alan Bostick         | AMANDA:  Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
   abostick@netcom.com  | Noel Coward, PRIVATE LIVES
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