Red Is The Rose chords & lyrics

by Daniel O'Donnell

  • Red Is The Rose is a traditional sonng... 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

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 

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 - download at OnlineSheetMusic.Comicon - Piano/Vocal/Chords - 5 pages - D Major

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