Ride On chords & lyrics

by Celtic Thunder

  • Ride On was written by Jimmy MacCarthy in 1984, and is perhaps one of his most popular compositions.
  • This version by Celtic Thunder is the 6th track from their album, New Voyage released on May 19, 2015.
  • Music: Key of Bm in 2/2 time at ~ 69 bpm with a key change to Cm towards the end of the song.
  • Chords: Bm, G, A → (key change) → Cm, Ab, Bb

Ride On by Celtic Thunder

Intro: 2/2  
   |   Bm  |  %  |  G  |  %  |  A  |  %  |  Bm  |  %  |    
             
 Bm                                 G
1. True you ride the fin-est horse__  I've ev-er seen
     A                                   Bm
   Stand-ing six-teen one or two__ With eyes wild and green
 Bm                               G
   You ride the horse so well__ Hands light to the touch
 A                                               Bm
   I could nev-er go with you, no mat-ter how I want-ed to

     Bm             G
Chorus: Ride on___    See you 
      A                                               Bm
        I could nev-er go with you, no mat-ter how I want-ed to
     Bm             G
        Ride on___    See you 
      A                                               Bm
        I could nev-er go with you, no mat-ter how I want-ed to

 Bm                                      G
2. When you ride in-to the night__ With-out a trace be-hind
 A                              Bm
   Run your claw a-long my gut__   One last time
       Bm                           G
   I turned to face an emp-ty space__ Where you used to lie
    A
   Look for the spark that lights the night
              Bm
   Through a tear-drop in your eye


     Bm             G
Chorus: Ride on___    See you 
      A                                               Bm
        I could nev-er go with you, no mat-ter how I want-ed to
     Bm             G
        Ride on___    See you 
      A                                               Bm
        I could nev-er go with you, no mat-ter how I want-ed to
        
        
Instr: |   Bm  |  %  |  G  |  %  |  A  |  %  |  Bm  |  %  |  ... key change    


     Cm             Ab
Chorus: Ride on___    See you 
      Bb                                              Cm
        I could nev-er go with you, no mat-ter how I want-ed to
     Cm             Ab
        Ride on___    See you 
      Bb                                              Cm
        I could nev-er go with you, no mat-ter how I want-ed to

      Bb                                              Cm
        I could nev-er go with you, no mat-ter how I want-ed to... Woah-oh-oo
        
        Bb                              Cm
        I could nev-er go with you__ No mat-ter how I want-ed to...
  

B Minor → Cm

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
           Bm                     G                  A
    e|---|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|-3-|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|-1-|-2-|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|-3-|---|
    G|---|-1-|---|-4-|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|
    D|---|-1-|---|-3-|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|-1-|---|
    A|---|-1-|---|---|     A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-2-|     E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3   4          1   2   3          1   2   3 

           Cm                Ab                  Bb              Bb (alt) 
    e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|-1-|-2-|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|-4-|
    G|-1-|---|-4-|     G|-1-|---|---|     G|-1-|-2-|---|     G|-1-|---|-3-|
    D|-1-|---|-3-|     D|-1-|---|---|     D|-1-|---|-4-|     D|-1-|---|-2-|
    A|-1-|---|---|     A|-1-|---|---|     A|-1-|---|-3-|     A|-1-|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|-1-|---|---|     E|-1-|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x
Frets  3   4   5          4   5   6          6   7   8          1   2   3 

 Left Handed Chord Tabs
           Bm                     G                  A
    |---|---|-1-|---|e     |-3-|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|-2-|-1-|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B
    |-4-|---|-1-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G
    |-3-|---|-1-|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D
    |---|---|-1-|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A     |---|---|---|A
   x|---|---|---|---|E     |-2-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      4   3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
          Cm                Ab                  Bb              Bb (alt) 
    |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |---|-2-|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |-4-|---|-1-|B
    |-4-|---|-1-|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G     |-3-|---|-1-|G
    |-3-|---|-1-|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D     |-2-|---|-1-|D
    |---|---|-1-|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A     |---|---|-1-|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E     |---|---|-1-|E    x|---|---|---|E
      5   4   3          6   5   4          8   7   6          3   2   1  Frets
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