The Bold Fenian Men chords & lyrics
'Down by the Glenside'
- The Bold Fenian Men was written by Peadar Kearney, an Irish Republican and 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 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 ... |
Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
R: Root Note
Right Handed Charts:
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--| 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.
Left Handed Charts:
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
Interest: Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival