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Irish Rover Chords

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The Irish Rover by the Dubliners and the Pogues
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This is the progression that I find most fun to play, basically the whole song goes:

    G       C
    G       D
    G       C
    G   D   G
    G       D
    G       D
    G       Em
    G   D   G

So once you get the hang of it you're set. This is a whacky song so don't hold 
back from going a little crazy and having fun!    
Here's the lyrics with an example of when the chords are played:


[Verse 1]
    
           G                        C   
    On the Fourth of July, eighteen hundred and six
           G                           D
    We set sail from the sweet Cobh of Cork
            G                   C
    We were sailing away with a cargo of bricks
            G          D           G
    For the Grand City Hall in New York
            G
    'Twas a wonderful craft
            D
    She was rigged fore and aft
        G                     D
    And oh, how the wild wind drove her
              G      
    She stood several blasts
             Em
    She had twenty seven masts
             G              D     G
    And they called her The Irish Rover


[Verse 2]

           G                       C
    We had one million bags of the best Sligo rags
           G                       D
    We had two million barrels of stone
           G                          C
    We had three million sides of old blind horses hides
           G            D          G
    We had four million barrels of bones
           G
    We had five million hogs
        D
    And six million dogs
    G                        D
    Seven million barrels of porter
           G                          Em
    We had eight million bails of old nanny-goats' tails
           G           D     G
    In the hold of the Irish Rover


[Verse 3]

           G                        C   
    There was awl Mickey Coote
           G                           D
    Who played hard on his flute
           G                          C
    When the ladies lined up for a set
           G            D         
    He was tootin' with skill
           G
    For each sparkling quadrille
            D
    Though the dancers were fluther'd and bet
        G                     D
    With his smart witty talk
              G      
    He was cock of the walk
             Em
    And he rolled the dames under and over
             G                  
    They all knew at a glance
             D
    When he took up his stance
              G
    That he sailed in The Irish Rover


[Verse 4]

           G                        C   
    There was Barney McGee
           G                           D
    From the banks of the Lee
           G                          C
    There was Hogan from County Tyrone
           G            D          G
    There was Johnny McGirr
           G
    Who was scared stiff of work
            D
    And a man from Westmeath called Malone
        G                     D
    There was Slugger O'Toole
              G      
    Who was drunk as a rule
             Em
    And Fighting Bill Treacy from Dover
             G             
    And your man, Mick MacCann
             D   
    From the banks of the Bann
             G
    Was the skipper of the Irish Rover


[Verse 5]

           G                        C   
    For a sailor it's always a bother in life
           G                           D
    It's so lonesome by night and day
           G                          C
    That he longs for the shore
           G            D          G
    And a charming young whore
           G
    Who will melt all his troubles away
            D
    Oh, the noise and the rout
        G                     D
    Swillin' poitin and stout
              G      
    For him soon the torment's over
             Em
    Of the love of a maid
             G              D    
    He is never afraid
            G
    An old salt from the Irish Rover


[Verse 6]

           G                        C   
    We had sailed seven years
           G                           D
    When the measles broke out
           G                          C
    And the ship lost its way in the fog
           G            D          G
    And that whale of a crew
           G
    Was reduced down to two
            D
    Just myself and the Captain's old dog
        G                     D
    Then the ship struck a rock
              G      
    Oh Lord what a shock
             Em
    The bulkhead was turned right over
             G              
    Turned nine times around
          D     
    And the poor old dog was drowned
              G
    I'm the last of The Irish Rover 
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skunkweedjoe wrote on April 3 2013, 06:47 am

the best craic song ever...........

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Mightyfaker wrote on November 2 2015, 08:20 pm

You can also add a C chord after the Em. So it would be "She had (Em)twenty seven (C)masts..."

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flatwound wrote on May 11 2016, 11:00 pm

Or even play it as
.........Em......D.....C
She had twenty seven masts

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