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
Jim McCann

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...
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Four Green Fields chords and lyrics

G Major

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

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

            D                 Dsus2               Dsus4                D7 
    e |---|-2-|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|-4-|     e |---|-3-|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |-1-|---|---|
    G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|
    A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|x
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          C                  Em                  Am                   G
    |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|---| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-3-|---| G     |---|---|---| G
    |---|-2-|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D     |---|---|---| D
    |-3-|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |-2-|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      
          D                 Dsus2               Dsus4                D7
    |---|-2-|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |-4-|---|---| e     |---|-3-|---| e
    |-3-|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D
   x|---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
   

Notes

  • 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. (Andante)
  • 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.
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