My Irish Molly O chords & lyrics

by The Dublin City Ramblers

The music for My Irish Molly O was composed by Jean Schwartz while the lyrics were written by William Jerome (around 1905). This version is by the Dublin City Ramblers.
Music: Key of G Major in 4/4 time at ~ 108 bpm (♩)
Chords: G, Em, Am, A7, D, D7, Bm7, B7, Gmaj7
Dublin City Ramblers

My Irish Molly O by The Dublin City Ramblers

   
Intro: 4/4 |    Em    |    Em    |  G  -  D7  |    G    | 

   Em                                              D         Em
1. Mol-ly dear and did you hear___ The news that's go-in’ a-round
    Em                                            A7            D7 
   Down in the cor-ner of my  heart___ A lov-ing place you’ve found
       Em                                       D        Em 
   And ev-ery time I gaze in-to___ Your I-rish eyes are blue
                                  Bm7        Am     B7      Em     D7
   They seem to whis-per darl-in’ boy___ My love is all for you___ Oh

         G              Gmaj7      G                   Am
Chorus: Mol-ly my I-rish Mol-ly___ My sweet a-cush-la dear____
        B7                  Em                   A7                   D    
        I'm fair-ly off my trol-ley___ My I-rish Mol-ly when you are near
          G                      D                                   B7 
        Spring-time you know is ring time___ Come dear now don't be slow
          Em 
        Change your name go on be game___ Be-gor-ra and I’ll do the same
        G         D7     G 
        My I-rish Mol-ly O

Instr: |    Em     |    Em    |  G  -  D7  |     G     |   
 
    Em                                           D       Em
 2. Mol-ly dear and did you hear___ I furn-ished up the flat
    Em                                           A7              D7 
    Three lit-tle co-sy rooms with bath___ And a wel-come on the mat
          Em                                               D      Em 
    It's five pounds down and two a week___ We'll soon be out of debt
                                    Bm7           Am         B7     Em    D7
    It's all com-plete ex-cept they have-n't___ Brought the crad-le yet___Oh

         G              Gmaj7      G                   Am
Chorus: Mol-ly my I-rish Mol-ly___ My sweet a-cush-la dear____
        B7                  Em                   A7                    D    
        I'm fair-ly off my trol-ley___ My I-rish Mol-ly when you are  near
          G                      D                                   B7 
        Spring-time you know is ring time___ Come dear now don't be slow
          Em 
        Change your name go on be game___ Be-gor-ra and I’ll do the same
        G         D7     G 
        My I-rish Mol-ly O

Chorus: Instrumental 

   Em                                             D         Em 
3. Mol-ly dear and did you hear___ What all the neigh-bours say
      Em                                                 A7     D7 
   A-bout the hund-red sove-reigns___ You have safe-ly stowed a-way
        Em                                          D       Em 
   They say that's why I love ya___ Ah but Mol-ly that's a shame
                            Bm7          Am       B7       Em     D7
   If you had on-ly nine-ty nine___ I'd love you just the same___ Oh

         G              Gmaj7      G                   Am
Chorus: Mol-ly my I-rish Mol-ly___ My sweet a-cush-la dear____
        B7                  Em                   A7                    D    
        I'm fair-ly off my trol-ley___ My I-rish Mol-ly when you are  near
          G                      D                                   B7 
        Spring-time you know is ring time___ Come dear now don't be slow
          Em 
        Change your name go on be game___ Be-gor-ra and I’ll do the same
        G         D7     G 
        My I-rish Mol-ly O

Outro:
  |    Em     |    Em    |   G  -  D7  |     G     |  
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My Irish Molly O chords and lyrics

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
alt: alternative chord voicing

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          G                Em                Am                 D                D7                A7
  e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|-3-|---|   e |---|---|---|
  B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|-3-|---|
  G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|
  D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-1-|---|
  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|
  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

         Bm7            Bm7 (alt)            B7               Gmaj7              Gmaj7 (alt)       
  e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|-4-|---|   e |---|-4-|---|   e |---|-1-|---|   e |---|-1-|---|---|---|
  B |-1-|-2-|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|-2-|---|---|
  G |-1-|---|-4-|   G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|-3-|---|
  D |-1-|---|-3-|   D |---|---|---|   D |-1-|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|---|-4-|
  A |-1-|---|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|---|---|---|---|x
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-3-|   E |---|---|---|---|---|x
Frets 2   3   4         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3   4   5    


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       G                Em                Am                 D                D7                A7
 |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|-2-|---| e   |---|-3-|---| e   |---|---|---| e
 |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|-3-|---| B
 |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-3-|---| G   |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G
 |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D
 |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A
 |-2-|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets
   
      Bm7            Bm7 (alt)            B7               Gmaj7              Gmaj7 (alt)  
 |---|---|-1-| e   |---|-4-|---| e   |---|-4-|---| e   |---|-1-|---| e   |---|---|---|-1-|---| e
 |---|-2-|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-2-|---|---| B
 |-4-|---|-1-| G   |---|-3-|---| G   |---|-3-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-3-|---|---|---| G
 |-3-|---|-1-| D   |---|---|---| D   |-1-|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |-4-|---|---|---|---| D
 |---|---|-1-| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A  x|---|---|---|---|---| A
x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |-3-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---|---|---| E
   4   3   2         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         5   4   3   2   1 Frets
   

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly Easy. The trickiest chords are the B7 and Gmaj7 (see tip below), but with practice, they will become very easy to play.
  • Song Key: This version of 'My Irish Molly O' is in the key of G major - 1 sharp (F#)
  • 4/4 time: This means 4 quarter-note/crotchet beats per bar, therefore the count is | 1 2 3 4 | or | ♩ ♩ ♩ ♩ | etc.

    The top number indicates the number of beats in each bar - in this case 4 beats, while the bottom number indicates the note value of each beat - in this case a quarter-note or crotchet beat.
  • Tempo: moderate at around 108 - 110 bpm with a 'slow-down' at the end of each verse going into each chorus. We call it 'poetic licence', and it works well here.
  • If you are playing with a metronome, there are some handy sites that offer a free metronome on-line. These are excellent for practice sessions.
  • An easy way to play the Gmaj7 chord (320002) after the G chord at the start of every chorus:

    G chord: Play the G chord using fingers 2, 3 & 4.

    Gmaj7 chord: Lift the 4th finger from string 1 (3rd fret) and replace it with the 1st finger on the 1st string (2nd fret).
    OR
    Pretend you are playing a G7 chord, and instead of placing your first finger on the 1st string, 1st fret, place it on the first string, 2nd fret.
The Dublin City Ramblers
The Dublin City Ramblers

The Dublin City Ramblers were formed in 1970. Band members consisted of Patsy Watchorn, Mick Crotty, Sean McGuiness, and Kevin Gerahty. In 1972 Mick and Kevin left the band, and were replaced by Philip McCaffrey on fiddle, and Kevin Molloy on guitar and vocals. It was during this time, the band scored a Top 10 hit with their album, A Nation Once Again.

During the 80's, the band went on to record many famous hits including, The Rare Ould Times, John O'Dreams, and Wind in the Willows. In the late 80's, Philip and Kevin left the band, making way for Paddy Sweeney from The Barleycorn.

In 1992, Shay Kavanagh joined the band, and this line-up continued until 1995. Patsy Watchorn's left the band in 1995 to pursue a solo career and in 2005, he joined The Dubliners, taking the place of the great Paddy Reilly.

In 2002 Paddy and Shay left the band, and since then there has been an array of members joining and leaving the band.

In the last decade, The Dublin City Ramblers have continued to tour as a 3 piece with Sean McGuinness, the only existing original member.

The Dublin City Ramblers

Official Website: dublincityramblers.com

My Irish Molly O Sheet Music - available at OnlineSheetMusic.Comicon - Piano/Vocal/Chords - Ronan Tynan - C Major

Logo My Irish Molly by The Dublin City Ramblers is featured on the compilation album Best Loved Irish Songs .

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