The Bold Fenian Men chords & lyrics

'Down by the Glenside'

The Bold Fenian Men was written by Peadar Kearney, an Irish Republican & composer of many rebel songs. This version is by The Clancy Brothers from the album Wrap The Green Flag.
Music: Key of A minor in 3/4 time at ~ 110 bpm (♩)
Song Chords: Am, Em, C, G
The Clancy Brothers

The Bold Fenian by The Clancy Brothers

Intro: 3/4 |---♫|
    |  Am  |  C  |  Am  /A  /G  |  Am  |  Am  |  Am  |
                
            Am                       C         Em
1.  It was down by the glen-side, I met an old wo-man
      Am                               C            Em
    A-pick-in' young net-tles, and she ne’er saw me com-in'
      Am                        C            G
    I lis-tened a while to the song she was hum-ming'
           Am         C           Am   /A    /G  | Am   |
    Glo-ry O,  Glo-ry O,  to the bold  Fen - ian   men

Instr: |  Am  |  C  |  Am  /A  /G  |  Am  |  Am  |  

         Am                         C            Em
2.  It's fif-ty long years since I saw the moon beam-in'
         Am                     C              Em
    On strong man-ly forms, on eyes with hope gleam-in'
      Am                   C           G  
    I see them a-gain, in all my sad dream-in'
           Am         C           Am   /A    /G  | Am   |
    Glo-ry O,  Glo-ry O,  to the bold  Fen - ian   men

    
Instr: Play Verse 2 
    
         Am                          C            Em  
3.  When I was a young girl, their march-in' and dril-lin'
       Am                           C            Em  
    A-woke in the glen-side sounds awe-some and thril-lin'
          Am                              C             G    
    They loved dear old Ire-land, and to die they were wil-lin'
           Am         C           Am   /A    /G  | Am   | Am   | Am   |
    Glo-ry O,  Glo-ry O,  to the bold  Fen - ian   men
    
          Am                          C           Em  
4.  Some died by the glen-side, some died near a stran-ger
         Am                           C          Em  
    And wise men have told us their cause was a fail-ure
          Am                           C              G    
    They loved dear old Ire-land, they ne-ver feared dan-ger
           Am         C           Am   /A    /G  | Am   | Am   |
    Glo-ry O,  Glo-ry O,  to the bold  Fen - ian   men
    
       Am                       C           Em  
5.  I went on my way, God be praised that I met her
        Am                           C          Em  
    Be life long or short, sure I'll ne-ver for-get her
       Am                           C            G        
    We may have good men, but we'll ne-ver have bet-ter
           Am         C           Am   /A    /G  | Am   |
    Glo-ry O,  Glo-ry O,  to the bold  Fen - ian   men

Outro: 
    |  Am  |  C  |  Am  /A  /G  |  Am ... |
    
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Bold Fenian Men chords and lyrics

A Minor

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

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
         Am                Em                 C                 G
  e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|-3-|
  B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|
  G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|
  D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|---|
  A |---|---|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|-1-|---|
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3


 Chord and Bass Run:         Am  /A   /G 
                         e|--0------------|
 0: play open string     B|--1------------| 
 x: don't play string    G|--2------------| 
 Numbers: Fret Numbers   D|--2------------|
                         A|--0----0-------|
                         E|--x---------3--|            

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
      Am                Em                 C                 G 
 |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |-3-|---|---| e
 |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B
 |---|-3-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G
 |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|---|---| D
 |---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A
x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets
   
P.S. You don't have to play the bass notes /A  & /G with the Am but it does sound good,
especially if you are fingerpicking. If you omit the bass notes, just continue playing 
the Am chord.

The Clancy Brothers

Origins: County Tipperary & County Armagh, Ireland

Active Years: 1956–1998

Music Styles: Traditional Irish, Folk, Celtic

Associations: Makem and Clancy, The Clancys and Eddie Dillon, The Fureys, Clancy, O'Connell & Clancy, Cherish the Ladies, The High Kings, Danú, The Makem Brothers, Barley Bree, The Clancy Legacy

The Clancy Brothers

Interest: Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival

Bold Fenian Men / Down By The Glenside Sheet Musicicon - available at OnlineSheetMusic.Com - 3 pages - Piano/Vocal/Chords - D Minor

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