Red Is The Rose chords & lyrics

by Daniel O'Donnell

The music and lyrics to the song, Red Is The Rose are traditional... Irish variant of the Scottish song, The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond. This version by Daniel O'Donnell is featured on the album Moon Over Ireland.
Music: Key of E Major in 4/4 time at approx. 100 bpm (♩)
Chords: E, A, G#m, B7, F#m, C#m... charts below
Daniel O'Donnel

Red Is The Rose by Daniel O'Donnell

Intro: 4/4 |   E   |  A  -  G#m  |  B7  |   E   |  B7  |
                
        E          C#m         F#m            A
1. Come o-ver the hills____ My bon-ny I-rish lass
        E          C#m          F#m    B7
   Come o-ver the hills to your dar - ling
    A             G#m              F#m               A
   You choose the road love____ And I will make the vow
        E            A  - G#m        B7   E
   And I'll be your true  love for - e - ver

         E         C#m              F#m              A
Chorus: Red is the rose____ That in yon-der garden grows
         E          C#m          F#m  B7
        Fair is the li-ly of the val-ley
          A          G#m          F#m             A
        Clear is the wa-ter that flows from the Boyne
            E           A  -  G#m     B7  E   |  B7   |
        But my love is fair - er than a - ny

           E          C#m              F#m             A
2.  'Twas down by Kil-lar-ney's green woods that we strayed
               E            C#m            F#m    B7
     When the moon and the stars they were shin – ing
          A             G#m          F#m              A
     The moon shone its rays on her locks of gold-en hair
               E              A  - G#m         B7   E
     And she swore she'd  be  my   love  for - e - ver

         E         C#m              F#m              A
Chorus: Red is the rose____ That in yon-der garden grows
         E          C#m          F#m   B7
        Fair is the li-ly of the val - ley
          A          G#m          F#m             A
        Clear is the wa-ter that flows from the Boyne
            E           A  -  G#m     B7  E 
        But my love is fair – er than a - ny

Instr: |   E    | A   -  G#m  |   B7   |   E   |  B7  |

         E          C#m         F#m         A 
3. It's not for the part-ing of my sis-ter Kate
         E           C#m        F#m   B7
   It's not for the grief of my mo - ther
         A           G#m       F#m            A
   It’s all for the loss of my bon-ny I-rish lass
        E             A  -  G#m       B7   E
   That my heart is break - ing for - e - ver

         E         C#m              F#m              A
Chorus: Red is the rose____ That in yon-der garden grows
         E          C#m            F#m    B7
        Fair is the li - ly of the val - ley
          A          G#m          F#m             A
        Clear is the wa-ter that flows from the Boyne
            E           A   - G#m     B7  E
        But my love is fair - er than a - ny
            E           A   - G#m     B7  E...
        Yes my love is fair - er than a - ny 
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Red Is The Rose chords and lyrics

E 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

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          E                 A                B7                F#m               G#m               C#m
  e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|-4-|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
  B |---|---|---|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|-2-|---|
  G |-1-|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-3-|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|-4-|
  D |---|-3-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |-1-|---|---|   D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |-1-|---|-3-|
  A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|---|
  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |-1-|---|---|   E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         2   3   4         4   5   6         4   5   6 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       E                 A                B7                F#m               G#m               C#m
 |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|-4-|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
 |---|---|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|-2-|-1-| B
 |---|---|-1-| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-3-|---| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |-4-|---|-1-| G
 |---|-3-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|---|-1-| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D   |-3-|---|-1-| D
 |---|-2-|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A   |---|---|-1-| A
 |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E   |---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         4   3   2         6   5   4         6   5   4 Frets
   

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairy Easy. There a few barre chords, but they are all easy to play.
  • Song Key: This version of the song is in the key of E Major - 4 sharps (F#, C#, G#, D#)
  • 4/4 time: 4 quarter-note/crotchet beats per bar, therefore the count is:
    | ♩ ♩ ♩ ♩ | = |1 2 3 4 | or | 1& 2& 3& | etc.
  • Tempo: 100 bpm with the metronome or click track sounding on every quarter-note/crotchet beat
  • The standard chord progression for E Major is E - F#m - G#m - A - B - C#m - D#º. Notice that all the chords in the song are from the standard chord progression including chord extensions, i.e., B7
  • I have kept the chord changes as simple as possible. If you listen to the guitarist, you will notice he plays a few interesting chords which blend in very well, e.g., at the end of the second line, 1st verse, he plays a B6 chord (22110x or x24444 or 224444) as opposed to a B7 chord - help with understanding written chords.

    He also plays the occasional C#m7 (446454 or x46454) instead of C#m... the choice is yours.
  • When the guitarist plays an E chord, he sometimes adds an F# (EaddF#) to add color to the chord - 022102, or a G# (EaddG#) - an octave above the existing G# - 022104.
  • When you see a chord separated by a hyphen, e.g., | A - G#m | play the A chord for 2 beats and G#m for 2 beats... the hyphen splits the beat count of the bar evenly between the 2 chords. All other chords have a 4 beat count.

Daniel O'Donnell

Born: Daniel Francis Noel O'Donnell on the 12th December, 1961 in Kincasslagh, County Donegal, Ireland

Occupation: Singer–songwriter

Instrument: Vocals

Active Years: 1980 – present

Music Styles: Country, easy listening

Associations: Majella O'Donnell, Margo, Mary Duff

Daniel O'Donnell

Red Is The Rose Sheet Music at OnlineSheetMusic.Comicon - Piano/Vocal/Chords - 5 pages - D Major

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