If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here chords & lyrics

by Foster & Allen

The author of the song, If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here is unknown. This version by Foster & Allen is featured on their album Foster & Allen's Ireland.
Music: G Major with a key change to A♭ Major after the 1st chorus in 6/8 time at 168 bpm (♪)
Chords: G, D, D7, C, A, Em → (key change) → A♭, E♭, E♭7, D♭, B♭, Fm... charts below
Foster & Allen

If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here by Foster & Allen

Intro: 6/8 |   G   |   D   |  G - C  |   G   |

           G               C               G
1. I was dream-ing of old Ire-land___ And Kill-ar-neys lakes and dells
           C               G                      A                    D7
   I was dream-ing of the sham-rock___ And  the  dear  old  Shand-on  Bells
            G              C               G
   When my mem-o-ries sug-ges-ted___ In a vis-ion bright and clear
              C                       G                D                G
   All the strange things that would hap-pen___ If we had old Ire-land here

                G                    C             G
Chorus: If the Blar-ney stone stood out in Syd-ney Har-bour
             C                                  G
        And Dub-lin Town to Mel-bourne came to stay
                                 C                   G
        If the Shan-non Riv-er joined the Bris-bane Wat-ers
                 A                                     D  |  D7  |
        And Kill-ar-ney’s lakes flowed in-to Bot-a-ny Bay
                 G                  C              G
        If the Shand-on Bells rang out in old Fre-man-tle
              C                                G
        And Coun-ty Cork in Ad-e-laide did ap-pear
                Em                               G
        Erin's sons would nev-er roam___ All the boys would stay at home
                             D              G       |   Eb  |
        If we on-ly had old Ire-land o-ver here____ (key change)

              Ab              Db                   Ab
2. There are lots of lov’-ly las-sies___ Dan-cin' on the vil-lage green
              Db            Ab               Bb            Eb7
   There are lots of lovely col-leens___ The fin-est ev-er seen
              Ab                 Db                 Ab
   Where the boys are all called Pad-dy___ And the girls called Mol-ly Dear
              Db                  Ab                 Eb                Ab
   Sure we'd wrap the green flag round them___ If we had old Ire-land here

                Ab                   Db            Ab
Chorus: If the Blar-ney stone stood out in Syd-ney Har-bour
            Db                                  Ab
        And Dub-lin Town to Mel-bourne came to stay
                Db                                  Ab
        If the Shan-non Riv-er joined the Bris-bane Wat-ers
                 Bb                                    Eb  |  Eb7  |
        And Kill-ar-ney’s lakes flowed in-to Bot-a-ny  Bay
                 Ab                Db             Ab
        If the Shand-on Bells rang out in old Fre-man-tle
             Db                                Ab
        And Coun-ty Cork in Ad-e-laide did ap-pear
                Fm                                Ab
        Erin's sons would nev-er roam___ All the boys would stay at home
                            Eb              Ab  |   Ab   |
        If we on-ly had old Ire-land o-ver here

Outro:                                         (Hold) 
        |     Ab    |   Eb    |  Ab -  Db  |   Ab  |
    
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If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here chords and lyrics

G Major → Ab Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
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                 C                 A                 D                D7                Em
  e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|-3-|---|   e |---|---|---|
  B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|
  G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|
  D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|
  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|-1-|---|
  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---| 
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

         Ab                Db                Bb                Eb                Eb7               Fm
  e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
  B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-|   B |-1-|---|-4-|   B |-1-|---|---|
  G |-1-|-2-|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-|   G |-1-|-2-|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|
  D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |-1-|---|-2-|   D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |-1-|---|-2-|   D |-1-|---|-2-|   D |-1-|---|-4-|
  A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|---|   A |-1-|---|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|
  E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |-1-|---|---| 
Frets 4   5   6         4   5   6         6   7   8         6   7   8         6   7   8         1   2   3 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       G                 C                 A                 D                D7                Em
 |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|-2-|---| e   |---|-3-|---| e   |---|---|---| e
 |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B
 |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G
 |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D
 |---|-1-|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A
 |-2-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets
   
      Ab                Db                Bb                Eb                Eb7               Fm
 |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
 |---|---|-1-| B   |-4-|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |-4-|---|-1-| B   |-4-|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B
 |---|-2-|-1-| G   |-3-|---|-1-| G   |---|-2-|-1-| G   |-3-|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G
 |-4-|---|-1-| D   |-2-|---|-1-| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D   |-2-|---|-1-| D   |-2-|---|-1-| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D
 |-3-|---|-1-| A   |---|---|-1-| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A   |---|---|-1-| A   |---|---|-1-| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A
 |---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E
   6   5   4         6   5   4         8   7   6         8   7   6         8   7   6         3   2   1 Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Starts easy and then becomes more difficult after the key change. You will need to know barre chords here, namely A♭, D♭, E♭, E♭7, and Fm.
  • This version of the song is in the key of G major with a key change to A♭ Major
  • The time signature is 6/8 time. This means 6 eighth-note/quaver beats per bar, therefore the count is | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | etc.
  • When you see a bar with 2 chords separated by a hyphen, the timing count of the bar is split in half, e.g., | G - C | means you play the G chord for 3 counts and the C chord for 3 counts.
  • Further help with reading song charts
  • An easier version of the song would be to play the song in E Major with a key change to F Major. You would still need to play some barre chords, but they would be easier. Here is the transposition:
Chords G C A D D7 Em A♭ D♭ B♭ E♭ E♭7 Fm
Capo: 3rd fret E A F# B B7 C#m F B♭ G C C7 Dm
  • If you don't play along with the video, you can simply play a very easy version by retaining all the chords before the key change, namely G, C, A, D, D7 and Em.
Foster & Allen
Foster & Allen

Origin: Ireland

Duo: Mick Foster & Tony Allen

Active Years: 1975 – present

Music Styles: Traditional Irish, folk, country

Foster & Allen

Official Website: fosterandallen.ie

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