Molly Malone chords & lyrics

by The Dubliners

Song Details

Music: Traditional Arrangement: Edmund Forman
This version is by The Dubliners from the album The Best Of The Dubliners
Music: Key of G Major in 3/4 time at ~ 60 bpm (♩)
Chords: G, Em7, Am, D7, A7... chord charts below
  • G: 320003
  • Em: 022000
  • Am: x02210
  • Em7: 020000
  • Em7: 020030 / 022030
  • D7: x00212
The Dubliners

Origin: Dublin, Ireland

Active Years: 1962 – 2012

Music Style: Irish Folk

Members Over the Journey: Ciarán Bourke, Seán Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Bob Lynch, Jim McCann, Barney McKenna, Paddy Reilly, John Sheahan, Patsy Watchorn

Associations: The Dublin Legends, The Pogues

Wikipedia: The Dubliners

Charts

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)

G Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
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 |---|---|---|x
  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  x|---|---|---| 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
   

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.
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