Ireland's Call chords & lyrics

by Celtic Thunder

  • Ireland's Call was composed in 1995 by Irish songwriter, musician and record producer - Phil Coulter.
  • This version by Celtic Thunder is featured on their album, The Very Best of 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♭

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


D Major → Eb

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

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

Notes:

  • 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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