Black Is The Colour chords & lyrics

by Christy Moore

Black Is The Colour is featured by Irish folk-singer, Christy Moore from the album, Live At The Point.
Music: Key of B♭minor in 4/4 time at 122 bpm (♩)
Chords: B♭m, B♭sus2, G♭, A♭, F7
Easier - Capo on 1st fret: play in the key of Am
Chords with Capo: Am, Asus2, F, G, E7
Christy Moore

Black Is The Colour by Christy Moore

Capo on the 1st fret if playing with the video

     Am          F         G                  | Am - Asus2  |
1.  Black is the co-lour____ Of my true love's hair
  Am              F            G       E 
    Her lips are like____ Some ro-ses fair
  E7                        F                G          E 
    She has the sweet-est smile____ And the gent-lest hands,
  E7                 F      G              | Am - Asus2 |
    And I love the ground____ Where-on she stands 
           
  Am           F     G             | Am - Asus2  |
2.  I love my love____ And well she knows
  Am              F             G       E 
    I love the ground____ Where-on she goes
  E7            F          G          E 
    I wish the day____ It soon would come
  E7             F   G           | Am - Asus2 |
    When she and I____ could be as one

  Am              F     G                | Am - Asus2  |
3.  I go to the Clyde____ And I mourn and weep
  Am         F        G          E 
    Sat-is-fied____ I ne-ver can be
  E7               F                  G         E 
    I write her a let-ter____ Just a few short lines
  E7              F     G            | Am - Asus2  |
    And suf-fer death____ A thou-sand times
           
     Am          F         G                  | Am - Asus2  |
4.  Black is the co-lour____ Of my true love's hair
  Am              F            G       E 
    Her lips are like____ Some ro-ses fair
  E7                        F                G          E 
    She has the sweet-est smile____ And the gent-lest hands
  E7                 F      G              | Am - Asus2  |
    And I love the ground____ Where-on she stands
    
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Black Is The Colour chords and lyrics

A Minor

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
alt: alternative voicing

Right-Handed Chord Tabs
         Am              Asus2              F                G             G (alt)            E7
   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|-3-|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|---|
   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|---|---|
   G|---|-3-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|-1-|---|---|
   D|---|-2-|---|   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|---|-3-|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|-3-|   D|---|---|---|
   A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|x  A|---|-1-|---|   A|---|---|---|x  A|---|-2-|---|
   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|-2-|   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        3   4   5        1   2   3

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
      Am              Asus2              F                G             G (alt)            E7
 |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |-3-|---|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|---|e
 |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|---|B
 |---|-3-|---|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|---|-1-|G
 |---|-2-|---|D   |---|-1-|---|D   |-3-|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |-3-|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D
 |---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A  x|---|---|---|A   |---|-1-|---|A  x|---|---|---|A   |---|-2-|---|A
x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E   |-2-|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|---|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        5   4   3        3   2   1 Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Easy with a capo
  • Key Signature: B♭minor - 5 flats (B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭)
  • Capo on the 1st fret and play in the key of Am (no sharps or flats... much easier to play).
  • 4/4 time: This means 4 quarter-note/crotchet beats per bar, therefore the count is
    | 1 2 3 4|, or | 1& 2& 3& 4& |etc.
  • Tempo: approximately 122 bpm - the click track will sound on every beat of each bar If you want the beat to sound on the every 2nd beat of each bar, set the metronome to approx 60 bpm.
  • The hyphen between 2 chords means you split the beat-count of the bar evenly between the 2 chords, e.g., | Am - Asus2| with a time signature of 4/4, you play the Am chord for 2 beats, and the Asus 2 for 2 beats.
  • The Asus2 chord adds a nice touch. You don't have to play it, but it does enhance the overall sound. It's a very easy chord to play... you just take your first finger off the Am chord.
  • The chord formula for a sus2 chord is 1 - 2 - 5... Asus2 = A - B - E (x02200)
  • On the second and third lines of each verse there is an added 2/4 bar (2 beats) of F major before the G chord... you will notice this when you play along with the video. There is a tendency to want to play the G chord earlier, but if you count each bar and listen to Christy, you will notice there is an extra 2 beats added to the F chord - 6 beats in total OR 1 bar + 1/2 bar OR 4/4 bar + 2/4/ bar... I hope this is not too confusing. Just follow the chord changes on the chart as they are placed exactly where each chord change occurs.
  • Christy plays the G chord exactly the same as the F chord (open position) except 2 frets up... F + 2 semitones (frets) = G. You don't have to play it like this, but you should give it a go as it gives you an extra option to add to your repertoire... xx5433.

Christy Moore

Born: Christopher Andrew Moore on the 7th May 1945 in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.

Carreer: Singer, songwriter, musician

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bodhrán

Active Years: 1969 – present

Music Styles: Folk, Traditional Irish, Pop

Associations: Planxty, Moving Hearts, The Dubliners

Christy Moore

Official Website: christymoore.com

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