Ireland's Call chords & lyrics

by Celtic Thunder

Ireland's Call was composed by Irish songwriter, musician and record producer, Phil Coulter in 1995. This version by Celtic Thunder is featured on their album, Celtic Thunder.
Music: D Major with a key change to E♭ in 12/8 time at 92 bpm (♩.)
Chords: D, Dsus4, G, Bm, A → key change → E♭, A♭, Cm, B♭
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Ireland's Call by Celtic Thunder

            
12/8 Key of D Major & Eb Major              

Intro: Ireland, Ireland...

    D                 G         D    
1. Side by side, we stand like bro-thers
    D      Bm             G   A    
   One for all and all to-ge-ther
            Bm    G               D       G    
   We will stay u-ni-ted through dark-er days
             G      A            D    Dsus4  D 
   And we'll be un-beat-able for-e-ver

         D         G            
Chorus: Ire-land, Ire-land  
           D         Bm        A    
        To-ge-ther, stand-ing tall  
          D            G        
        Shoul-der to shoul-der    
              D        A          D   |  G  -  D  | 
        We'll an-swer Ire-land's call

    D                 G        D    
2. Come the day, and come the hour
    D         Bm               G  A    
   Some will live in song and sto-ry
            Bm      G           D        G    
   We were born to fol-low our guid-ing star
           G        A              D    Dsus4  D 
   And to meet our des-ti-ny with glo-ry

         D         G            
Chorus: Ire-land, Ire-land  
           D         Bm            
        To-ge-ther, stand-ing tall  
          D            G        
        Shoul-der to shoul-der    
              D        A          D   |  G  -  D  | 
        We'll an-swer Ire-land's call

     D                   G       D    
3. Hearts of steel and heads un-bow-ing
    D      Bm            G   A  
   Vow-ing ne-ver to be bro-ken
            Bm       G          D        G   
   We will fight un-til we can fight no more
            G      A             D     Dsus4  D 
   Till our fi-nal re-qui-em is spo-ken

         D         G            
Chorus: Ire-land, Ire-land  
           D         Bm        A    
        To-ge-ther, stand-ing tall  
          D            G        
        Shoul-der to shoul-der    
              D        A          D 
        We'll an-swer Ire-land's call


Instrumental:|(call)    |        |        |   (key change|


        Eb        Ab            
Chorus: Ire-land, Ire-land  
           Eb        Cm        Bb    
        To-ge-ther, stand-ing tall  
         Eb           Ab        
        Shoul-der to shoul-der    
              Eb      Bb          Eb  -  Ab 
        We'll an-swer Ire-land's call
              Eb      Bb          Eb 
        We'll an-swer Ire-land's call
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Irelands Call chords and lyrics

D Major → Eb

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

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
            D                 Dsus4                 G                   A                  Bm
    e |---|-2-|---|     e |---|---|-4-|     e |---|---|-3-|     e |---|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|---|     B |---|-3-|---|     B |-1-|-2-|---|
    G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |-1-|---|-4-|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |-1-|---|-3-|
    A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|x    A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |-1-|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|-2-|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           2   3   4

           Ab                  Eb                  Bb                  Cm                Cm (alt)
    e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|-4-|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|-2-|---|
    G |-1-|-2-|---|     G |-1-|---|-3-|     G |-1-|-2-|---|     G |-1-|---|---|     G |-1-|---|-4-|
    D |-1-|---|-4-|     D |-1-|---|-2-|     D |-1-|---|-4-|     D |-1-|---|-4-|     D |-1-|---|-3-|
    A |-1-|---|-3-|     A |-1-|---|---|     A |-1-|---|-3-|     A |-1-|---|-3-|     A |-1-|---|---|
    E |-1-|---|---|     E |---|---|---|x    E |-1-|---|---|     E |-1-|---|---|     E |---|---|---|x
Frets   4   5   6           6   7   8           6   7   8           8   9  10           3   4   5


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          D                 Dsus4                 G                   A                  Bm
    |---|-2-|---| e     |-4-|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e
    |-3-|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|-3-|---| B     |---|-2-|-1-| B
    |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |-4-|---|-1-| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |-3-|---|-1-| D
   x|---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           4   3   2   Frets
      
         Ab                  Eb                  Bb                  Cm                Cm (alt)
    |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |-4-|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|-2-|-1-| B
    |---|-2-|-1-| G     |-3-|---|-1-| G     |---|-2-|-1-| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |-4-|---|-1-| G
    |-4-|---|-1-| D     |-2-|---|-1-| D     |-4-|---|-1-| D     |-4-|---|-1-| D     |-3-|---|-1-| D
    |-3-|---|-1-| A     |---|---|-1-| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A     |---|---|-1-| A
    |---|---|-1-| E    x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|-1-| E     |---|---|-1-| E    x|---|---|---| E
      6   5   4           8   7   6            8   7   6          10   9   8          5   4   3   Frets
      
 P.S. There are many other ways of playing these chords. These are the easiest options in terms
      of close-proximaty... you don't have to go very far between chord changes.
   

Notes

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  • The key change only comes into play if you are playing with the video... otherwise just play the last chorus the same as the others.
  • If you do play the key change you will need to play some barre chords which are all fairy easy. The E♭, B♭, and A♭are probably best played in the 2nd position around frets 4-8 highlighted in grey. This way movement from 1 barre chord to the next is within close reach. You will find 2 options for Cm - the first is a little closer to Eb & Bb, but you may prefer the alternative option.
  • 12/8 time signifies 12 beats to the bar with each beat having a value of an eighth-note or quaver. This beat is commonly seen in marching tunes. If you were counting each bar, you could count it as | 1 2 3 4 | where each beat is equal to 3 eighth-notes (4x3=12), in which case you would count each bar as |1&& 2&& 3&& 4&&| where each of the 12 beats is taken into account... | 123 456 789 10-11-12|
  • Tempo: 92 bpm (♩.) means the metronome sounds on every dotted quarter-note which is equal to 3 eighth-notes i.e., beats 1, 4, 7, 10 of the 12 eighth-notes, otherwise the metronome would be flying out the door!
  • Song Key: D Major - 2 sharps (F#, C#)
  • Key Change: E♭ Major - 3 flats ( B♭, E ♭, A♭)
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