Four Green Fields chords & lyrics
by Jim McCann
- Four Green Fields was written by Tommy Makem in 1967. He was an Irish folk musician well-known for his associations with The Clancy Brothers as well as Liam Clancy of Makem and Clancy fame.
- This version of the song is by Jim McCann from the album By Request.
- Music: Key of G Major in 3/4 time at ~ 100 - 102 bpm (♩)
- Song Chords: G, D, C, Em, Am, D7, Dsus2
Four Green Fields by Jim McCann
Intro: 3/4 | G |... x 6 G D G C G 1. What did I have___ Said the fine old wo-man G D G C Am D | Dsus2 | What did I have___ This proud old wo-man did say G D Em G C D | Dsus2 | I had four green fields___ Each one was a jew-el G D Em C Am D | Dsus2 | But strang-ers came___ And tried to take them from me G D Em G C D | Dsus2 | I had fine strong sons___ They fought to save my jew-els C D7 G Em G D | G | G | G | G | They fought and they died___ And that was my grief said she G D G C G 2. Long time a-go___ Said the fine old wo-man G D G C Am D | Dsus2 | Long time a-go___ This proud old wo-man did say G D Em G C D | Dsus2 | There was war and death___ Plund-er-ing and pill-age G D Em C Am D | Dsus2 | My child-ren starved___ By mount-ain vall-ey and sea G D Em G C D | Dsus2 | And their wail-ing cries___ They reached the ver-y heav-ens C D7 G Em G D | G | G | G | G | My four green fields___ Ran red with their blood said she G D G C G 3. What have I now___ Said the fine old wo-man G D G C Am D | Dsus2 | What have I now___ This proud old wo-man did say G D Em G C D | Dsus2 | I have four green fields___ One of them's in bond-age G D Em C Am D | Dsus2 | In strang-er's hands___ Who tried to take it from me G D Em G C D | Dsus2 | And my sons have sons___ As brave as were their fath-ers C D7 G Em G D | G | G | My four green fields____ Will bloom once a-gain said she C D7 G Em G D C | G | My four green fields____ Will bloom once a-gain said she...
Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
Right Handed Charts:
Left Handed Charts:
- Level Of Ease: Easy
- Song Key: This version of the song is in the key of G major (1 sharp - F#)
- 3/4 time: This means 3 quarter-note/ crotchet beats per bar, therefore the count is
| 1 2 3 | or |1& 2& 3& | or in this case where you are playing a hammer-on hammer-off on the the 3rd beat of the bar | 1& 2& 3&& | etc.
- Tempo: approximately 100 - 102 BPM.
- The Intro | G |... x6 can be played as | G / G-h |... x 6 where you hammer on and off on the 3rd beat of each bar.
- The same applies to the end of verses 1 & 2 where there are 4 bars of the G chord. Instead of playing | G | G | G | G | - you can play | G | G / G-h | G | G |
- h means to hammer-on: you bring your finger(s) down on the fingerboard sharply, causing a note or chord to sound. To hammer-off is to simply lift your finger off after a hammer-on creating a small trill. In this instance, the hammer-on and hammer-off occurs on the & of the 3rd beat of the bar which is played on the C-note located on the 1st fret-string 2. (xxxx1x)
- In this example you will count the bar as 1& 2& 3&& - the && is played in the same time as &.
| G / G-h | is actually | G (1&) G (2&) G (3) hammer-on C note (&) hammer-off C note (&) |
This means that you play G for 2 beat counts and the 3rd beat count is split in 3 so that the hammer-on-off actually occurs on the && of 3&&, with the 3 being an open G chord played with fingers 2,3 and 4 while finger 1 plays the hammer-on (C note) & hammer-off (C note).
Play it slowly counting the beats as you go... you will hear this if you are playing with the video.
- You don't have to play the hammer on. It provides a bit of interest and it teaches you a little more about guitar technique.
- If you are not playing with the video, you don't have to play the 4 bars of G at the end of verses 1 & 2 - you may prefer 2 bars.
- I have added a Dsus2 which is included in the video. Again you can just continue with a D chord or you can spice it up a bit using a Dsus4. Whichever chord you decide on, it will still sound fine.
Born: James McCann on the 26th October 1944 in Dublin, Ireland
Died: 5th March, 2015 (aged 70)
Instruments: Vocals, guitar
Active Years: 1964–2015
Music Styles: Folk
Four Green Fields is featured on the album - By Request