Isle Of Innisfree chords and lyrics

Irish Folk Music feat. Orla Fallon


Isle Of Innisfree was written by composer, poet, and policeman by the name of Dick Farrelly. He wrote the song while on a bus trip to Dublin, from Kells in County Meath where he lived. The song is about an Irish emigrant who expresses his love and longing for his native land.

The song was first published in 1950. It has been used as a principal theme to the movie 'The Quiet Man', and has been used in the soundtracks of several other films including, Distant Voice (1988), Still Lives (1988), and Breakfast On Pluto (2005)... more. This beautiful rendition of the song is performed by singer/harpist, Orla Fallon... formerly from Celtic Woman.
Guitar Chords and Song Details ... Lyrics
Key Signature: G Major Time Signature: 4/4 Tempo: approx. 68 bpm (Dotted Minim)
Chords: G, C, Am, D, D7, A, G7 See below for tabbed chords... G: 320003
G7: 320001 C: x32010 Am x03310
D: x00232 D7: x00212 A: x02220

Orla fallon - Isle Of Innisfree from the Album 'My Land'
Video Link: Isle Of Innisfree performed by Orla Fallon

Isle Of Innisfree by Orla Fallon

Intro:  Harp

  G                                     C    |  Am  |
1. I've met some folk that say I am a dream-er
                 D            D7                 G
   And I've no doubt there's truth in what they say
               G                      C    |  Am  |
   But sure a bod-ies bound to be a dream-er
                  D         D7             G
   When all the things he loves are far a-way

                   G                       C    |  Am  |
2. And prec-ious things are dreams unto an e-xile
                  D        D7               G
   They take him o'er the land a-cross the sea
                  G                      C    |  Am  |
   Es-pec-ially when it hap-pens he's an e-xile
                   D       D7             G   |  G7  |
   From that dear lov-ely Isle of In-nis-free

                 C                            G
   And when the moon-light peeps a-cross the roof tops
                 A                      D  |  D7  |
   Of this great ci-ty wond-rous tho it be
                G                        C     |  Am  |
   I scarc-ely feel its won-der or its laugh-ter
                D        D7             G
   I'm once a-gain back home in In-nis-free

   |     G      |     C     |     C     |     G     |

  G                                            C     |  Am  |
3. I wan-der o'er green hills through dream-y val-leys
                D      D7                 G
   And find a peace no oth-er land would know
                G                       C     |  Am  | 
   I hear the birds make mu-sic fit for an-gels
                 D        D7                G
   And watch the ri-vers laugh-ing as they flow

  G                                  C    |  Am  |
4. And then in-to a humb-le shack I wan-der
                D        D7           G
   My dear old home and tend-erly be-hold
                G                          C      |  Am  |
   The folks I love a-round the turf fire gath-ered
               D         D7           G  |  G7  |
   On bend-ed knee their Ros-a-ry is told

                     C                             G
   But dreams don't last though dreams are not for-got-ten
                 A                    D  |  D7  |
   And soon I'm back to stern re-a-li-ty
                    G                             C      |  Am  |
   But though they pave the foot-paths here with gold dust
                   D        D7             G
   I still would choose my Isle of In-nis-free

Isle Of Innisfree - Chord Charts in G Major


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

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

           G7                  D7                  A 
    e |-1-|---|---|     e |---|-3-|---|     e |---|---|---|
    B |---|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|-3-|---|
    G |---|---|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|-1-|---|
    A |---|-2-|---|     A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|
    E |---|---|-3-|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          C                   G                   D                  Am
    |---|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e     |---|-2-|---| e     |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-3-|---| G
    |---|-2-|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D
    |-3-|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E     |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      
         G7                  D7                   A
    |---|---|-1-| e     |---|-3-|---| e     |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|-3-|---| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D
    |---|-2-|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A
    |-3-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets

      
P.S. You may find it a little difficult to strum along with Orla and her harp.
     Just try playing down-strokes with every chord change till you become more
     familiar with the piece.



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Isle Of Innisfree

Isle Of Innisfree Lyrics

I've met some folks who say I am a dreamer
And I've no doubt there's truth in what they say
But sure a body's bound to be a dreamer
When all the things he loves are far away

And precious things are dreams unto an exile
They take him o'er the land across the sea
Especially when it happens he's an exile
From that dear lovely Isle of Innisfree

And when the moonlight peeps across the roof tops
Of this great city wondrous tho' it be
I scarcely feel its wonder or its laughter
I'm once again back home in Innisfree

I wander o'er green hills through dreamy valleys
And find a peace no other land would know
I hear the birds make music fit for angels
And watch the rivers laughing as they flow

And then into a humble shack I wander
My dear old home and tenderly behold
The folks I love around the turf fire gathered
On bended knees their Rosary is told

But dreams don't last though dreams are not forgotten
And soon I'm back to stern reality
But though they pave the footpaths here with gold dust
I still would choose my Isle of Innisfree

Another great rendition by Charlie Landsborough...

I heard this version of the song, and thought you may like to listen to it... another beautiful voice with guitar accompaniment. If you want to play with Charlie Landsborough, the song is in the key of |E♭| with a key change to |F| going into the 3rd verse. However, Charlie uses a capo on the first fret, making things a lot easier. With a capo on the first fret, you play in the key of |D| with a key change to |E|.

Charlie Landsborough - Isle Of Innisfree
Video Link: Isle Of Innisfree performed by Charlie Landsbourough

The transposition is as follows:
Orla Fallon song chords
Key of G G C Am A D D7 G7

Charlie Landsborough song chords
Key of E♭ E♭ A♭ Fm F B♭ B♭7 E♭7
Key change to F F B♭ Gm G C C7 F7
Capo: 1st fret - Key of D D G Em E A A7 D7
Capo: 1st fret - Key change to E E A F#m F# B B7 E7


Album: My Land - Track listings

1. Mo Ghile Mear - 3:46
2. Distant Shore - 4:32
3. Morning Has Broken - 2:52
4. Ni Na La - 2:15
5. Down To The River To Pray (with The Dublin Gospel Choir) - 1:52
6. Isle of Inisfree - 3:31
7. Both Sides Now - 3:40
8. Red Is The Rose (with Tommy Fleming) - 4:30
9. My Land - 4:19
10. Spanish Lady (live with The Dubliners) - 3:06
11. I'll Tell Me Ma (live - with The Dubliners, featuring Damien Dempsey) - 3:03


Isle of Inisfree on iTunes


Celtic Woman Songbook

Vocal melody, lyrics, piano accompaniment, chord names, guitar chord diagrams and photos - 168 pages

Songs include Ave Maria, Beyond the Sea, The Blessing, The Butterfly, Caledonia, Carrickfergus, Danny Boy, Dulaman, Isle of Innisfree, Lascio Chio Pianga, Mo Ghile Mear Nella Fantasia, One World, Over The Rainbow, The Prayer, Scarborough Fair, Send Me A Song, She Moved Through The Fair, Shenandoah, Siulil A Run, The Sky and the Dawn and the Sun, The Soft Goodbye, Someday, Vivaldi's Rain, The Voice, You Raise Me Up




Orla Fallon
Orla Fallon

Isle Of Innisfree has been recorded by several artists, including Bing Crosby, The Dublin City Ramblers, Maureen Hegarty, Daniel O'Donnell, Tommy Fleming, Charlie Landsbourough, and Orla Fallon.

Who better to sing this beautiful song, than this beautiful and talented singer/harpist. Her voice has clarity, warmth and a mystical quality, and along with the harp, her rendition of this song is truly awesome.

For more information about Orla Fallon.

The Orla Fallon Official Website - all sorts of goodies.

The Charlie Landsborough Official Website
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