The Fields Of Athenry chords & lyrics

by Paddy Reilly

The Fields Of Athenry was written by Pete St. John in the 1970's. This version by Paddy Reilly is featured on the album of the same name.
Music: Key of E major in 4/4 time at 114 bpm (♩)
Song Chords: B7, E, A, C#m
Paddy Reilly

Fields Of Athenry by Paddy Reilly

Intro: 4/4 |   B7  |   B7   |  E  -  A  |   E   |

         E                          A                 E   B7
1. By a lone-ly pris-on wall___ I heard a young girl call-ing
     E                 A            B7
   Mich-eal they have tak-en  you a-way
             E                 A               E                  B7
   For you stole Trev-el-yn's corn___ So the young might see the morn
                                       |  E  -  A  |    E     |
   Our pris-on ship lies wait-ing in the bay

         E    A          E                C#m
Chorus: Low  lie  the  Fields  of  Ath-en-ry
               E                   C#m             B7
        Where once we watched the small free birds fly
             E               A               E                  B7
        Our love was on the wing___ We had dreams and songs to sing 
                                                  | E  -  A  |   E    |
        It's so lone-ly 'round the Fields of Ath-en-ry

         E                          A                E     B7
2. By a lone-ly pris-on wall___ I heard a young man call - in’
    E                 A                 B7
   Noth-ing mat-ters Mar-y when you're free
                 E                A              E                    B7
   A-gainst the Fam-ine and the Crown___ I  re-belled they caught me down
                                          | E  -  A  |   E   |
   Now you must raise our child with dig-ni-ty

Chorus: 

Instrumental:
   |  E  |  A  |  E  | C#m  |  E   | C#m  |    B7   | B7  |
   |  E  |  A  |  E  |  B7  |  B7  |  B7  | E  - A  |  E  | 

         E                              A                   E   B7
3. By a lone-ly har-bour wall___ She watched the last star fall-in’
           E                   A               B7
   As the pris-on ship sailed out a-gainst the sky
               E                A               E               B7
   For she'll live in hope and pray___ For her love in Bot-a-ny Bay
                                             | E  -  A  |   E   |
   It's so lone-ly 'round the Fields of Ath-en-ry

Chorus: 

Outro:
   |   B7   |   B7   |   A   |   E   |
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Fields Of Athenry chords and lyrics

E Major

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

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
            E                   A                   B7                 C#m               C#m (alt)
    e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|-4-|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|
    B |---|---|---|     B |---|-3-|---|     B |---|---|---|     B |-1-|-2-|---|     B |---|-2-|---|
    G |-1-|---|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|-3-|---|     G |-1-|---|-4-|     G |---|---|-4-|
    D |---|-3-|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |-1-|---|---|     D |-1-|---|-3-|     D |---|---|-3-|
    A |---|-2-|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|-2-|---|     A |-1-|---|---|     A |---|---|---|x
    E |---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           4   5   6           4   5   6

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          E                   A                   B7                 C#m               C#m (alt)
    |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|-4-|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|---| B     |---|-3-|---| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|-2-|-1-| B     |---|-2-|---| B
    |---|---|-1-| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-3-|---| G     |-4-|---|-1-| G     |-4-|---|---| G
    |---|-3-|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|---|-1-| D     |-3-|---|-1-| D     |-3-|---|---| D
    |---|-2-|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|-2-|---| A     |---|---|-1-| A    x|---|---|---| A
    |---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           6   5   4           6   5   4   Frets
    

Notes

Fields Of Athenry
  • Level Of Ease: Easy. You will need to play 1 barre chord, C#m... it's a fairly easy one.
  • If you haven't learned barre chords yet, try the alternative C#m chord (alt). I have included it especially for beginners, however you must avoid the 2 bottom strings - numbers 5 & 6 - the lowest sounding fat strings. It doesn't sound as full as the barre chord as you are not leading with the root note of C# as your bass note. However, it will get you out of trouble until you learn some barre chords.
  • When reading the charts, take note of the fret numbers, as you often assume that all the charts are from frets 1 - 3, however C#m starts on the 4th fret, and finishes on the 6th fret.
  • B7 is probably the hardest amongst the list of basic guitar chords, but persevere with it because with time it becomes a very easy and natural chord to play... it will become one of your favorites.
  • Song Key: E major - 4 sharps (F# C# G# D#)
  • 4/4 time - 4 quarter-note/crotchet beats per bar. The count is | 1 2 3 4 | or | 1& 2& 3& 4& | etc.
  • 2 chords separated by a hyphen in a bar means the timing count of the bar is split evenly between the 2 chords, e.g., | E - A | means you play the E for 2 beats and the A chord for 2 beats (4/4 time).
  • The song is very straight-forward. It is one of Ireland's favorites, and after playing it a few times, you'll know why.
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