The Skye Boat Song chords & lyrics

by The Corries

The lyrics to The Skye Boat Song were written by Sir Harold Edwin Boulton, 2nd Baronet, and the music was written to an Air collected by Anne Campbelle McLeod which was first Published in 1884. This version by The Corries is featured on their album, Silver Collection.
Music: Key of Eb Major in 3/4 time at ~ 140 (♩)
Easier with Capo on 1: Play in D Major
Chords: D, Bm, Em, A, A7
We have also included the traditional version in the original published key of G major:
Chords: G, Em, Am, D, D7, C
The Corries

The Skye Boat Song by The Corries

Capo: 1st fret if playing with video

Intro: 3/4 
   |   D  |... x 4

   |   D  |   D   |   A   |   A  |   D  |   G  |   D  |   A  |
    Mm...
   |   D  |   D   |   A   |   A  |   D  |   G  |   D  |   A  |
    Mm...

          D                        A
Chorus: Speed bon-nie boat like a bird on the wing
        D            G        D  |  A  |
        On-ward the sail-ors cry.
         D                     A
        Car-ry the lad that's born to be king
        D          G      D  |  A  |
        O-ver the sea to Skye.

    D                      A
1. Loud the wind howls___ Loud the waves roar
    G                      Bm  |  Bm  |
   Thun-der-claps rend the air
    D                     A
   Baf-fled our foes___ Stand by the shore
    G                     Bm  |  A7  |
   Fol-low they will not dare

          D                        A
Chorus: Speed bon-nie boat like a bird on the wing
        D            G        D  |  A  |
        On-ward the sail-ors cry.
         D                     A
        Car-ry the lad that's born to be king
        D          G      D  |  A  |
        O-ver the sea to Skye.

   D                    A
2. Ma-ny's the lad___ Fought on that day
    G                      Bm  |  Bm  |
   Well the clay-more did wield
    D                     A
   When the night came___ Si-lent-ly lay
    G                  Bm    |  A7  |
   Dead on Cul-lo-den field

          D                        A
Chorus: Speed bon-nie boat like a bird on the wing
        D            G        D  |  A  |
        On-ward the sail-ors cry.
         D                     A
        Car-ry the lad that's born to be king
        D          G      D  |  A  |
        O-ver the sea to Skye.
        
    D                        A
3. Though the waves leap___ Soft will he sleep
   G                 Bm  |  Bm  |
   O-cean's a ro-yal bed
     D                    A
   Rocked in the deep___ Flo-ra will keep
     G                   Bm  |  A7  |
   Watch by your wea-ry head

          D                        A
Chorus: Speed bon-nie boat like a bird on the wing
        D            G        D  |  A  |
        On-ward the sail-ors cry.
         D                     A
        Car-ry the lad that's born to be king
        D          G      D  |  A  |
        O-ver the sea to Skye.
        
Outro: 
   |   D  |   D   |   A   |   A  |   G  |  G  |  G  |  G  |
    mm...
   |   D  |   D   |   A   |   A  |   G  |  G  |  D  |  D  |
    mm...

D Major & 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

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
           D                 Em                 Bm                  A                 A7
    e|---|-2-|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|-2-|---|     B|---|-3-|---|     B|---|-3-|---|
    G|---|-1-|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|-1-|---|-4-|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|-1-|---|-3-|     D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|-1-|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-1-|---|     A|-1-|---|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          2   3   4          1   2   3           1   2   3


          D7                 Am                  C                  G
    e|---|-3-|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|-3-|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-3-|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|-1-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-2-|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          D                 Em                 Bm                  A                 A7
    |---|-2-|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|-2-|-1-|B     |---|-3-|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B
    |---|-1-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |-4-|---|-1-|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |-3-|---|-1-|D     |---|-1-|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A     |---|---|-1-|A     |---|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          4   3   2          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
         D7                 Am                  C                  G
    |---|-3-|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |-3-|---|---|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-3-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|---|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A     |-3-|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |-2-|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
   

The Skye Boat Song - Traditional

          G            Em          Am          D7
Chorus: Speed bon-nie boat like a bird on the wing,
        G             C        G   |  D7  |
        On-ward, the sail-ors cry.
         G         Em          Am         D7
        Car-ry the lad that's born to be king
        G          C      G   |  G |
        O-ver the sea to Skye.

     Em                   Am
 1. Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
     Em             C       Em  |  D  |
    Thun-der-claps rend the air,
    Em                  Am
    Baf-fled, our foes stand by the shore,
    Em            C        Em  |  D7  |
    Fol-low they will not dare.

          G            Em          Am          D7
Chorus: Speed bon-nie boat like a bird on the wing,
        G             C        G   |  D7  |
        On-ward, the sail-ors cry.
         G         Em          Am         D7
        Car-ry the lad that's born to be king
        G          C      G   |  G |
        O-ver the sea to Skye.

    Em                Am
2.  Ma-ny's the lad fought on that day,
     Em       C               Em  |  D  |
    Well the clay-more could wield,
     Em                  Am
    When the night came, si-lent-ly lay
     Em         C         Em   |  D7  |
    Dead in Cul-lo-den's field.

          G            Em          Am          D7
Chorus: Speed bon-nie boat like a bird on the wing,
        G             C        G   |  D7  |
        On-ward, the sail-ors cry.
         G         Em          Am         D7
        Car-ry the lad that's born to be king
        G          C      G   |  G |
        O-ver the sea to Skye.

      Em                    Am
 3. Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep,
    Em         C      Em  |  D  |
    O-cean's a ro-yal bed.
     Em                Am
    Rock'd in the deep Flo-ra will keep
     Em              C      Em  |  D7  |
    Watch o'er your wea-ry head.

          G            Em          Am          D7
Chorus: Speed bon-nie boat like a bird on the wing,
        G             C        G   |  D7  |
        On-ward, the sail-ors cry.
         G         Em          Am         D7
        Car-ry the lad that's born to be king
        G          C      G   |  G |
        O-ver the sea to Skye.

      Em                  Am
 4. Burned are our homes, ex-ile and death,
     Em            C      Em  |  D  |
    Scat-tered the lo-yal men.
    Em                 Am
    Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath,
     Em            C      Em  |  D7  |
    Char-lie will come a-gain.

          G            Em          Am          D7
Chorus: Speed bon-nie boat like a bird on the wing,
        G             C        G   |  D7  |
        On-ward, the sail-ors cry.
         G         Em          Am         D7
        Car-ry the lad that's born to be king
        G          C      G   |  G |
        O-ver the sea to Skye.
    
The Corries
The Corries

Band Origin: Scotland

Past members: Roy Williamson (1936-1990), Ronnie Brown, Bill Smith, Paddie Bell (1931-2005)

Associations: The Corrie Folk Trio, The Corrie Folk Trio & Paddie Bell

Instruments: guitar, banjo, mandolin, bodhrán, combolin (invented by Roy Williamson), harmonica, tin whistle, bouzouki, concertina, Northumbrian smallpipes, banduria, psaltery, flute

Active Years: 1962–1990

Music Styles: Scottish folk

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Official Website: corries.com

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