Danny Boy chords

Instrumental by Eric Clapton

The lyrics to Danny Boy were written by Fred E. Weatherly while the music is taken from an old Irish Folk song called Londonderry Air. With so many versions along with variations and subtleties to the song, we have opted for an instrumental version by Eric Clapton. For the practicing guitarist, it's probably one of the easiest versions to play along with... and perhaps one of the best.
Music: key of E Major in 4/4 time at 86 bpm (♩)
Chords: E, Esus4, E7, B, Bsus2, Bsus4, B7, F#7, F#m, A, C#m, C#m7, C#m+7
Easier - Capo: 2nd fret - play in the key of D Major
Chords with Capo: D, Dsus4, D7, A, Asus2, Asus4, A7, Em, E7, G, Bm, Bm7, Bm+7
Eric Clapton

Danny Boy by Eric Clapton

Capo on the 2nd fret if playing with the video

Intro: 4/4 
    |   Drum   |       |        |        |  (Oh Danny) |    
                
   A7         D          D7                   G
1. Oh Dan-ny boy___ The pipes the pipes are  cal-ling
                 D           Bm7                A7  -  Asus2                     
   From glen to glen___ And down the moun-tain side
  A               D          D7              G      
   The sum-mer's gone___ And all the ros-es fal-ling 
 E7               D       A7             D  -  Dsus4          
   It's you it's you must go and I must bide
 
       D     G   A7  D         G                D  -  Dsus2           
Chorus: But come ye back when sum-mer's in the mea-dow 
       D    G   A7  Bm          G          D        A7  -  Asus2  
        Or when the val-ley's hushed and white with snow 
      A7              D          G        Em     D  -  A7
        It's I'll be here___ In sun-shine or in sha-dow
      Bm           D               Em     A       D  -  Dsus4           
        Oh Dan-ny boy___ Oh Dan-ny boy I love you so
  
  D     A7      D          D7                  G
2. But when ye come___ And all the flow'rs are dy-ing
  A         D         Bm7             A7  -  Asus2
   If I am dead___ As dead I well may be 
  A                D            D7              G
   Ye'll come and find____ The place where I am ly-ing 
 E7               D     A7            D  -  Dsus4          
   And kneel and say an Ave there for me 
                 
       D    G   A7    D           G                D  -  Dsus2   
Chorus: And I  shall hear though soft you tread a-bove me
       D     G  A7  Bm         G        D      A7  -  Asus2    
        And all my grave will warm-er sweet-er be
      A7              D           G       Em       D  -  A7
        For you will bend___ And tell me that you love me
      Bm              D               Em       A      D  - Dsus4           
        And I shall sleep in peace un-til you come to me

       D    G   A7    D           G                D  -  Dsus2   
Chorus: And I  shall hear though soft you tread a-bove me
       D    G   A7  Bm         G        D      A7  -  Asus2
        And all my grave will warm-er sweet-er be 
       A              D           G       Em       D  -  A7
        For you will bend___ And tell me that you love me
     Bm     Bm+7        D               Em       A      Bm7      
        And  I  shall sleep in peace un-til you come to me         
      E7              D               Em       A      D  - Dsus4  |  D  |
        And I shall sleep in peace un-til you come to me 

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Eric Clapton

Ireland

Born: Eric Patrick Clapton on the 30th March 1945 in Hackney, Ripley, Surrey, England

Occupation: Musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, artist

Instruments: Guitar, vocals

Active Years: 1962 – present

Music Styles: Rock, Blues rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock, Blues

Eric Clapton

D Major

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

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   

            D                 Dsus4               Dsus2                 G                  Em
    e |---|-2-|---|     e |---|---|-4-|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|-3-|     e |---|---|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|---|     B |---|---|---|
    G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|-2-|---|
    A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|-1-|---|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|-2-|     E |---|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3  

            A                 Asus4               Asus2                A7                A7 (alt)
    e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|-2-|
    B |---|-3-|---|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|---|     B |---|-3-|---|     B |---|-1-|---|
    G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|-1-|---|
    D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-1-|---|
    A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3  


            D7                 E7                  Bm                  Bm7                Bm+7
    e |---|-3-|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|---|---|     B |-1-|-2-|---|     B |-1-|-2-|---|     B |-1-|-2-|---|
    G |---|-2-|---|     G |-1-|---|---|     G |-1-|---|-4-|     G |-1-|---|---|     G |-1-|-2-|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |-1-|---|-3-|     D |-1-|---|-3-|     D |-1-|---|-3-|
    A |---|---|---|     A |---|-2-|---|     A |-1-|---|---|     A |-1-|---|---|     A |-1-|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           2   3   4           2   3   4           2   3   4  



Left-Handed Chord Tabs 

          D                 Dsus4               Dsus2                 G                  Em
    |---|-2-|---| e     |-4-|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e
    |-3-|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B
    |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D
    |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |-2-|---|---| E     |---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      
          A                 Asus4               Asus2                A7                A7 (alt)
    |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |-2-|---|---| e
    |---|-3-|---| B     |-4-|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|-3-|---| B     |---|-1-|---| B
    |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G
    |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D
    |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E   x |---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      
         D7                  E7                  Bm                  Bm7                Bm+7
    |---|-3-|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|-2-|-1-| B     |---|-2-|-1-| B     |---|-2-|-1-| B
    |---|-2-|---| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |-4-|---|-1-| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |---|-2-|-1-| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |-3-|---|-1-| D     |-3-|---|-1-| D     |-3-|---|-1-| D
    |---|---|---| A     |---|-2-|---| A     |---|---|-1-| A     |---|---|-1-| A     |---|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           4   3   2           4   3   2           4   3   2   Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Easy
  • This song is performed as an instrumental.
  • The original recording of Danny Boy is in the key of D Major
  • This version of the song is in the key of E major. I have retained the original key, so if you are playing along with the video, you will need to place a capo on the 2nd fret. (D + 2 semitones = E)
  • You will need to know this song to be able to play it, as there are no lyrics in the music video to guide you. There are many versions available on YouTube for you to listen to.
  • A hyphen separating 2 chords means there are 2 counts for each chord, e.g., A - Asus2 means 2 beat counts on A and 2 beat counts on Asus2. I have only done this for chords at the end of a line, as the chords within the song are correctly placed directly above the lyrics where the changes occur.
  • The song is originally in the format of Verse 1 - Chorus 1 - Verse 2 - Chorus 2. Eric adds an extra Chorus at the end followed by a repeat of the last line. You will see all this on the song sheet, as the lyrics are included.
  • Bm+7 is the symbol for a B minor major 7th chord. It can also be written as, Bmmaj7, Bmin(maj7), B-(maj7), or BmM7. The chord formula is 1 - ♭3 - 5 - 7. You don't have to play this chord, but it does add some interest to the arrangement.
  • The Dsus4 and Asus4 can be interchanged with Dsus2 and Asus2 - they both sound good.
  • Capo: Whenever you are using a capo, remember that it becomes your new Nut. Make sure you count the frets upwards from the capo when reading the charts.
  • Visit the guitar chords page for help with any chords.
  • This is a great opportunity to play along with one of the best guitarists in the world. He plays the song beautifully.
  • If you find this arrangement a little hard or even a little confusing, I have included a simplified version . It won't sound quite right with the video, and it is in the original format of 2 verses and 2 choruses.
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