The Irish National Anthem chords

A Soldier's Song ... Amhrán na bhFiann

Music: Original Key Signature of B♭ Major in 4/4 time at ~ 102 bpm (♩)
Song Chords: B♭, F, F7, E♭, C, C7, Dm, Gm
Easier - Capo on 3: Play in G Major
Chords with Capo: G, D, D7, C, A, A7, Bm, Em
Irish National Anthem in Gaelic & English (starts at 2:11)

Irish National Anthem - A Soldiers Song

Capo on 3rd fret if you are playing with the video

   
          G      D       C          G
1. We'll sing a song, a sol-dier's song
          C        G        D
   With cheer-ing rous-ing cho-rus
        G        D         C        G
   As round our blaz-ing fires we throng
         D      A       D 
   The star-ry hea-vens o'er us
      C        D7       G 
   Im-pa-tient for the com-ing fight
        D     A7        D          D7 
   And as we wait the morn-ing's light
        G      D        C       Bm
   Here in the si-lence of the night
           G     D7          G 
   We'll chant a sol-dier's song 

         G                            C                   G
Chorus: Sol-diers are we____  Whose lives are pledged to Ire-land
         G    Bm   Em              A                D
        Some have come____ From a land be-yond the wave
          G                      C                  G
        Sworn to be free____ No more our an-cient sire land
               D            A7              D
        Shall shel-ter the des-pot or the slave
            Am      D7       G
        To-night we man the bear-na baoil
          D        A7          D      D7  
        In E-rin's cause, come woe or weal
             G         D        C        A7
       'Mid can-non's roar and ri-fles' peal
                G     D7          G 
        We'll chant a sol-dier's song 

       G        D        C          G
2. In val-ley green, on tow-er-ing crag
       C          G        D
   Our fa-thers fought be-fore us
        G            D        C        G
   And con-quered 'neath the same old flag
            D        A        D 
   That's proud-ly float-ing o'er us
           C       D7     G
   We're child-ren of a fight-ing race
        D      A7        D         D7 
   That ne-ver yet has known dis-grace
       G       D         C      Bm
   And as we march, the foe to face
           G     D7          G 
   We'll chant a sol-dier's song

Chorus:

    G            D    C          G
3. Sons of the Gael! Men of the Pale!
         C           G       D
   The long watched day is break-ing;
        G         D       C     G
   The ser-ried ranks of In-is-fail
          D       A       D 
   Shall set the Ty-rant quak-ing.
        C         D7       G 
   Our camp fires now are burn-ing low;
       D       A7     D        D7 
   See in the east a silv'-ry glow,
        G        D       C      Bm
   Out yon-der waits the Sa-xon foe,
        G     D7          G 
   So chant a sol-dier's song.

Chorus:
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The Irish National Anthem chords and lyrics

G Major

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

Right-Handed Chord Tabs  
            G                   D                  D7                   C 
    e |---|---|-3-|     e |---|-2-|---|     e |---|-3-|---|     e |---|---|---|
    B |---|---|---|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|
    G |---|---|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|-2-|---|
    A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|-3-|
    E |---|---|-2-|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3 

            A                   A7                 Em                  Bm
    e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|
    B |---|-3-|---|     B |---|-3-|---|     B |---|---|---|     B |-1-|-2-|---|
    G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |-1-|---|-4-|
    D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-3-|---|     D |-1-|---|-3-|
    A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|-1-|---|     A |-1-|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           2   3   4 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          G                   D                  D7                   C
    |-3-|---|---| e     |---|-2-|---| e     |---|-3-|---| e     |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|----1-| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D
    |---|-1-|---| A    x|---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |-3-|---|---| A
    |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      
          A                   A7                 Em                  Bm
    |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|-3-|---| B     |---|-3-|---| B     |---|---|---| B     |---|-2-|-1-| B
    |---|-2-|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |-4-|---|-1-| G
    |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D     |-3-|---|-1-| D
    |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A     |---|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
   
A Soldiers Song
Irish Music Fun

English: A Soldier's Song

Irish: Amhran na bhFiann

Music: Patrick Heeney, 1907

English Lyrics: Peadar Kearney, 1907

Irish Lyrics: Liam Ó Rinn, 1923

Chorus: Designated for the Anthem

Officially adopted as the National Irish Anthem by the Executive Council on 2nd July, 1926

Logo The song by The Davitts is featured on the album The Irish National Anthem - includes other favourite Irish songs of Nationhood.

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