Good King Wenceslas chords

by The Irish Rovers

Good King Wenceslas Music: Traditional            Lyrics: John Mason Neale
Performance: The Irish Rovers from the album An Irish Christmas
Music: Key of G Major in 4/4 time at 106 bpm (♩)
Chords: G, Em, C, D
The Irish Rovers

Good King Wenceslas by The Irish Rovers

Intro: 4/4 |  G   Em   C   D  |  C   D   G   /  |

    G        Em       C          D     C        D       G
1. Good King Wen-ces-las looked out___ On the feast of Ste-phen
    G        Em        C      D       C         D       G
   When the snow lay round a-bout___ Deep and crisp and e-ven
     G        Em        G         Em        C          D        G
   Bright-ly shone the moon that night___ Though the frost was cru-el
    G      C        Em       D       G          D      Em   C  | G  Em  C  D  | C  D  G  /|
   When a poor man came in sight___ Gath-’ring win-ter fu   -    el

    G       Em        C      D     C         D         G
2. Hith-er page and stand by me___ If thou knows’t it tell-ing
    G       Em       C     D        C        D         G
   Yon-der peas-ant who is he?___ Where and what his dwell-ing?
    G       Em      G           Em      C        D         G     
   Sire he lives a good league hence___ Un-der-neath the mount-ain
     G       C        Em        D      G        D        Em   C  | G  Em  C  D  | C  D  G  /|
   Right a-gainst the for-est fence___ By Saint Ag-nes’ foun  -   tain

     G       Em        C       D        C       D         G
3. Bring me meat and bring me wine___ Bring me pine logs hith-er
    G       Em      C       D       C       D          G
   Thou and I will see him dine___ When we bear them thith-er
    G       Em         G         Em       C         D       G
   Page and mon-arch forth they went___ Forth they went to-geth-er
     G          C          Em      D       G       D       Em    C  | G  Em  C  D  | C  D  G  /|
   Through the rude winds wild la-ment___ And the bit-ter weath  -    er

    G        Em       C       D      C       D           G
4. Sire the night is dark-er now___ And the wind blows strong-er
     G       Em      C        D     C     D      G
   Fails my heart I know not how___ I can go no long-er
    G       Em        G        Em       C        D        G
   Mark my foot-steps my good page___ Tread thou in them bold-ly
    G          C        Em        D        G          D         Em   C  (G)
   Thou shalt find the wint-er’s rage___ Freeze thy blood less cold  -  ly


Instr: | G  Em  C  D   | C  D  G  / | G  Em  C   D  |  C  D  G  /   |
       | G  Em  G  Em  | C  D  G  / | G  C   Em  D  |  G  D  Em  C  |   G   |

   G       Em        C       D        C        D        G        
5. In his mast-er's step he trod___ Where the snow lay dint-ed
    G       Em      C     D       C         D         G  
   Heat was in the ver-y sod___ Which the saint had print-ed
     G          Em        G      Em       C        D         G   
   There-fore Christ-ian men be sure___ Wealth or rank poss-ess-ing
   G       C        Em        D        G          D          Em    C  | G  Em  C  D  | C  D  G  G |
   Ye who now will bless the poor___ Shall your-selves find bless  -   ing

G Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings 
Unmarked strings: play open
x: don't play string

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

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

Notes

  • This version has many chord changes which occur on almost every beat of each bar... a great 'chord - changing' excercise. If you are a beginner that hasn't learned barre chords yet, and can keep up with all the changes comfortably, you should be looking at learning some barre chords... you will love them.
  • The simile mark ( / ) means you repeat the previous chord in the bar, therefore | C D G / | means you play C for 1 beat, D for 1 beat, and G for 2 beats.
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