Come Back Paddy Reilly chords

by Paddy Reilly

Come Back Paddy Reilly To Ballyjamesduff is an Irish Folk Song written in 1912 by Percy French, a noted poet and songwriter. This version of the song is performed by Paddy Reilly from The Dubliners... with a name like that, he would have to be the best man for the job! It doesn't include all the lyrics, and you may find some lyrics are slightly altered, as often happens in live performances.
Music: Key of E Major in 3/4 time at 100 bpm (♩)
Chords: E, B, A, E7, F#7, B7, C#m
Easier - Capo on 4th fret: play in the key of C Major
Chords with Capo: C, G, F, C7, D7, G7, Am
The Dubliners ft. Paddy Reilly

Come Back Paddy Reilly To Ballyjamesduff by Paddy Reilly

Capo: 4th fret if playing with the video

Intro: 3/4    
     |  C  |  G  |  F  |  C  |  C  |  G  |  F  |  C  |

         C            C7         F            C
1. Come back, Pad-dy Reil-ly to Bal-ly-james-duff
         C            G          C    |  C  |  
   Come home, Pad-dy Reil-ly, to me
            C             C7            F            C
   Oh the grass it grows green a-round Bal-ly-james-duff
         C            G          C    |  C7  |  
   Come home, Pad-dy Reil-ly, to me
        F                          C             Am
   In tones that are ten-der and tones that are gruff
          G             D7         G    |  G7  |  
   Still whis-pers come o-ver the sea
         C            C7         F            C
   Come back, Pad-dy Reil-ly to Bal-ly-james-duff
         C            G          C   |  C7  |
   Come home, Pad-dy Reil-ly, to me
        F                          C             Am
   In tones that are ten-der and tones that are gruff
          G             D7         G    |  G7  |  
   Still whis-pers come o-ver the sea
         C            C7         F            C
   Come back, Pad-dy Reil-ly to Bal-ly-james-duff
         C            G         C  |  C  | 
   Come home, Pad-dy Reil-ly, to me

Instr: 
     |  C  |  G  |  F  |  C  |  C  |  C  |

      C             C7      F          C
2. My mo-ther once told me when I was born
        C           G             C    |  C  |  
   The day that I first saw the light
       C           C7          F            C
   I looked at the sky on that ve-ry first morn
        C            G           C    |  C7  |  
   And gave a great crow of de-light
        F                        C         Am
   Now most new-born ba-bies ap-pear in a huff
         G          D7            G    |  G7  |  
   And start with a sor-row-ful squall
          C          C7      F            C
   But I knew I was born in Bal-ly-james-duff
         C            G             C    |  C7  |  
   And that's why I smiled at them all
        F                        C             Am
   That ba-by's a man, now he's toil-worn and tough
            G            D7         G    |  G7  |  
   Still, whis-pers come o-ver the sea
         C            C7         F            C
   Come back, Pad-dy Reil-ly to Bal-ly-james-duff
         C            G          C   |  C7  |
   Come home, Pad-dy Reil-ly, to me
        F                          C             Am
   In tones that are ten-der and tones that are gruff
          G             D7         G    |  G7  |  
   Still whis-pers come o-ver the sea,
         C            C7         F            C
   Come back, Pad-dy Reil-ly to Bal-ly-james-duff
         C            G          F  |  C  | 
   Come home, Pad-dy Reil-ly, to me

Outro: 
     |   C   |   G   |   F   |   C   | 
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Come Back Paddy Reilly To Ballyjamesduff chords and lyrics

C Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

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

           C7                  G7                F (barre)             D7 
    e |---|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |---|-3-|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|
    G |---|---|-4-|     G |---|---|---|     G |-1-|-2-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |-1-|---|-4-|     D |---|---|---|
    A |---|---|-3-|     A |---|-2-|---|     A |-1-|---|-3-|     A |---|---|---|x
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|-3-|     E |-1-|---|---|     E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          C                   G                   F                  Am
    |---|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-3-|---| G
    |---|-2-|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |-3-|---|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D
    |-3-|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E     |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      
          C7                  G7                F (barre)             D7
    |---|---|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|-3-|---| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B
    |-4-|---|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-2-|-1-| G     |---|-2-|---| G
    |---|-2-|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |-4-|---|-1-| D     |---|---|---| D
    |-3-|---|---| A     |---|-2-|---| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A    x|---|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E     |-3-|---|---| E     |---|---|-1-| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Moderate without a capo - you will need to know some barre chords. (C#m and F#7). Easy with a capo
  • Key Signature: E major - 4 sharps (F# C# G# D#)
  • Time Signature: 3/4 This means 3 quarter-note / crotchet beats per bar, therefore the count is | 1 2 3 |, or |1& 2& 3& |etc.
  • Although the song is in the Key of E Major, Paddy actually uses a capo on the 4th fret, and plays in the key of C major - audibly, it is still the Key of E Major. C major + 4 semitones (capo on 4th fret)= E major.
  • A capo was most likely used because the chords are easier to play and sound a lot cleaner when fingerpicking.
  • Transposition if you want to play in the original key of E Major:
Capo: Fret 4 (C Major) C G F C7 D7 G7 Am
Original Key (E Major) E B A E7 F#7 B7 C#m

Paddy Reilly

Paddy Reilly

Born: Patrick Reilly on the 18th October 1939 in Dublin, Ireland

Occupation: Singer, entertainer

Music Styles: Celtic Folk

Instruments: Vocals, guitar

Active Years: 1966 – 2005

Associations: The Dubliners

Paddy Reilly

Paddy Reilly's Music Bar: www.paddyreillymusicbar.us

Address: 519 2nd Avenue, 29th Street, New York City, NY. 10016

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