Molly Malone chords and lyrics

by The Dubliners

Molly Malone is a popular folk song which was first published in London in 1884. When it was published, it was said to be written and composed by James Yorkston from Edinburgh. The music to the song was arranged by Edmund Forman. It was also published in Cambridge, Massachusetts around the same time. It still remains a little unclear as to who actually wrote the song... and when?
Song chords & details ... Lyrics
Key Signature: G Major   Time Signature: 3/4 Tempo: approx. 60 bpm (♩)
Chords: G, Em7, Am, D7, A7 See below for tabbed chords... RH/LH
G: 320003 Em: 022000 Am: x02210
Em7: 020000 Em7: 020030 / 022030 D7: x00212

Molly Malone by The Dubliners from the album Danny Boy
Video Link: Molly Malone performed by The Dubliners

Song Charts

Please see below for song tips.

Molly Malone by The Dubliners

Intro: 3/4 |(violin)    ♪♪ |

   |   G   |   G   |   D7   |   G   |   G   | 

       G             Em                     Am           D7
1. In Dub-lin's fair ci - ty____ Where the girls are so pret-ty
       G           Em                Am         D7
   I first set my eyes_____ On sweet Mol-ly Ma-lone____
             G              Em                    Am              D7
   As she wheeled her wheel bar-row____ Through streets broad and nar-row
            G           Em7             G       D7   G
   Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live  a-live  o!

           G           Em        Am           D7 
Chorus: A-live  a-live o!____ A-live  a-live  o!____
                 G           Em7             G      D7  G
        Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live a-live o!

        G         Em               Am            D7
2. She was a fish mon-ger____ And sure it was no won-der
   G               Em           Am         D7
   So were her____ Fath-er and Moth-er be-fore
             G                 Em                   Am              D7
   And they both wheeled their bar-row____Through streets broad and nar-row
             G             Em7             G       D7   G 
   Cry-ing  cock-les  and  mus-sels____ A-live  a-live  o!


           G           Em        Am           D7 
Chorus: A-live  a-live o!____ A-live  a-live  o!
                 G           Em7             G      D7  G
        Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live a-live o!


        G        Em             Am            D7
3. She died of a fev-er____ And no one could save her
        G           Em               Am         D7 
   And that was the end____ Of sweet Mol-ly Ma-lone
             G              Em                    Am              D7
   Now her ghost wheels her bar-row____ Through streets broad and nar-row
            G           Em7             G      D7  G 
   Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live a-live o!


           G          Em        Am          D7 
Chorus: A-live a-live o!____ A-live a-live  o!____
                 G           Em7             G      D7  G
        Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live a-live o!____ ( x4)

Molly Malone - Chord Charts


Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
Optional Note (3): If you don't play optional note, do play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          G                Em                Em7               Am                D7                
  e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|-3-|---|
  B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|(3)|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|
  G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|
  D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|---|
  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|
  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       G                Em                Em7               Am                D7
 |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|-3-|---| e
 |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |(3)|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B
 |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-3-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G
 |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|---|---| D
 |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A
 |-2-|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets



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Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Easy and fun.
  • In this version, the guitarist plays the whole intro picking a G chord and continues to do so for the first line of the verse. You can do this, however, I have included all chord changes... the choice is yours.
  • Song Key: G major (1 sharp - F#)
  • 3/4 time: 3 crotchet/quarter-note beats per bar/measure with a count of |1 2 3 |
  • 6/8 time: This means 6 beats per bar/measure, and the value of each beat is an eighth-note or quaver, therefore the count is | 1 2 3 4 5 6 |, etc. Some sheet music shows this time, while others show 3/4 time.
  • 6/8 or 3/4 time? At 6/8 the click track or metronome is played at a fairly quick tempo of around 120 bpm, as each click of the metronome falls on each eighth-note beat. If on the other hand the time signature is stated as 3/4 time, |1 2 3 | the tempo would be stated as moderate at around 60 bpm, where each metronome beat falls on each quarter-note beat. So, if you are practicing using a metronome or click track, you can set it at 120 bpm or 60 bpm. Some prefer the 120 bpm (6/8), as it sound more like a drummer playing the hats in quaver time, and it's easier to keep time... the choice is yours.
  • The song uses a nice mixture of major, minor and 7th chords, all of which are very easy to play, so beginners will enjoy playing this song.
Molly Malone
Statue of Molly Malone in
Grafton Street, Dublin


Molly Malone Lyrics

In Dublin's fair city,
Where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

She was a fishmonger,
But sure 'twas no wonder,
For so were her father and mother before,
And they each wheeled their barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

She died of a fever,
And no one could save her,
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone.
Now her ghost wheels her barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!





Molly Malone & The Dubliners


The song is set in Dublin, Ireland, and tells the story of a beautiful girl who was a fishmonger by the name of Molly Malone. She sells her wares on the streets of Dublin, and dies of a fever at a young age... more information. It is also known as 'Cockles and Mussels', or 'In Dublin's Fair City'.

In Dublin, Molly Malone is so popular that it has become its unofficial anthem, celebrating the 13th June as Molly Malone Day. The statue of Molly was erected for Dublin's first millenium in 1988, and lies in Grafton St, Dublin.

The song has been recorded by a number of Irish Artists including, Sinead O'Connor, Maureen Carroll, Johnny Logan, Paul Harrington, Frank Harte... the most popular version of the song was recorded by The Dubliners, and who better to sing a song about Dublin, than The Dubliners!

The Dubliners
The Dubliners (Barney McKenna - center)
It is with great sadness that 'The Dubliners' announce the sudden passing of Barney McKenna this morning at his home in Howth, Co Dublin.

The band, his family and friends would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support. Words cannot describe how we all feel. He was one in a million. The greatest tenor banjo player of his generation. Barney spent his life travelling the world playing Irish music. He loved it. The world loved him. May he rest in peace.

Barney McKenna 1939 - 2012 www.thedubliners.org