Green Grow The Rushes chords & lyrics

by Celtic Woman

  • Green Grow The Rushes was written Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns (1759 – 1796).
  • This version by Celtic Woman is featured on their Special Edition album - Believe. Performing artists include Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Mairead Nesbitt and Lisa Lambe.
  • Music: Key of F Major with a key chage to G Major in 4/4 time at ~100 bpm
  • Chords: F, Gm, Bb, C G, Am, C, D, A

Green Grow The Rushes by Celtic Woman

Intro: 4/4 |  F  |  F  |

  F
1. There's naught but care on ev'-ry hand
 Gm
   In ev'-ry hour that pas-ses O
 Bb                      F
   What sig-ni-fies the life of man
 Gm                F      Bb
   If it were not for the las-sies O

       F
Chorus: Green grow the rush-es O  
      Gm
        Green grow the rush-es O
      Bb                          F
        The sweet-est hours that e'er I spent
      Gm             F       Bb        |  Bb  |
        Are spent a-mong the las-sies O

  F
2. The world-ly race may rich-es chase
 Gm
   And rich-es still may fly them, O
 Bb                          F
   And though at last they catch them fast
 Gm                 F        Bb
   Their hearts can ne'er en-joy them, O


       F
Chorus: Green grow the rush-es O  
      Gm
        Green grow the rush-es O
      Bb                          F
        The sweet-est hours that e'er I spent
      Gm             F       Bb          |  C  |
        Are spent a-mong the las-sies O (Key Change)

Instr: |  D  |  D  |  A  |  A  |

  C                          G
** The sweet-est hours that e'er I spent
  C             G        C
   Are spent a-mong the las-sies, O

       G
Chorus: Green grow the rush-es O  
      Am
        Green grow the rush-es O
       C                          G
        The sweet-est hours that e'er I spent
      Am             G        C        |  C  |
        Are spent a-mong the las-sies O

 G
3. Old na-ture swears the love-ly dears
 Am
   Her nob-lest work she clas-ses, O
  C                            G
   Her ap-pren-tice hand she tried on man
 Am              G        C           |  C  |
   And then she made the las-sies, O...

       G
Chorus: Green grow the rush-es O  
      Am
        Green grow the rush-es O
       C                          G
        The sweet-est hours that e'er I spent
      Am             G        C       
        Are spent a-mong the las-sies O

       G
Chorus: Green grow the rush-es O  
      Am
        Green grow the rush-es O
       C                          G
        The sweet-est hours that e'er I spent
      Am             G        C        |  C  |
        Are spent a-mong the las-sies O
      Am             G        C           |  G  |
        Are spent a-mong the las-sies, O...  Pause

F Major → G Major

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

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