Molly Malone chords & lyrics

by The Dubliners

  • Molly Malone is a traditional song (author unknown) - it was first published in 1883 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and again in 1844 in London by Francis Brothers & Day who credited the works to James Yorkston of Edinburgh with the musical arrangement by Edmund Forman.
  • This version is featured on the album The Dubliners.
  • Music: Key of G Major in 3/4 time at ~ 60 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: G, Em7, Am, D7, A7
  • The song is also referred to as Cockles and Mussels.

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

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
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:

  • 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 - beginners will enjoy playing this song.
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
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