Spanish Lady chords & lyrics

by Celtic Woman

  • Spanish Lady is a traditional Irish Folk song - authors unknown.
  • This version by Celtic Woman is featured on the album, The Greatest Journey: Essential Collection
  • Music: Key of A♭ Major → (key change) → B♭ major in 4/4 time at 116 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: A♭, B♭m, B, Fm, D♭, E♭, B♭, Gm, F, F7
  • Easier: play in G Major → (key change) → A Major... if playing with the video, you will need to place a capo on the 1st fret.
  • Chords in G & A major: G, Am, B♭, Em, C, D, A, F#m, E, E7

Spanish Lady by Celtic Woman

Capo on the 1st fret if playing with video.

         
Intro: |  G  |  Am  |  Bb  |  Am  |  G  |  Am  |  Bb  |  Am  |

      G                   Em                C                D
1. As I came down through Dub-lin Cit-y___ At the hour of twelve at night
    G                        Em               C                     D
   Who should I see but the Span-ish lady___ Wash-ing her feet by candle-light
     G                     Em                    G                D
   First she washed them, then she dried them___ Ov-er a fire of amb-er coal
       G            Em                   C               D       
   In all my life I ne'er did  see___ A maid so sweet a-bout the soul

          G                  Em                 C                   D
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
          G                  Em                 C                   D
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay...

      G                   Em               C               D
2. As I came back through Dub-lin Ci-ty___ At the hour of half past eight
    G                       Em                C                         D
   Who should I spy but the Spa-nish lady___Brush-ing her hair in the broad daylight
     G                  Em                    G                 D
   First she tossed it then she brushed it___ On her lap was a sil-ver comb
       G            Em                  C                 D
   In all my life I ne'er did see___ A maid so fair since I did roam

          G                  Em                 C                   D
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
          G                  Em                 C                   D
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay...

    
      G                   Em               C              D
3. As I went back through Dub-lin Ci-ty___ As the sun be-gan to set
    G                        Em                 C                    D
   Who should I spy but the Span-ish la-dy___ Catch-ing a moth in a gold-en net
    G               Em                  G                       D
   When she saw me then she fled me___ Lift-ing her pet-ti-coat ov-er her knee
       G             Em                 C                  D
   In all my life I ne'er did see___ A maid so shy as the Span-ish la-dy


          G                  Em                 C                   D
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
          G                  Em                 C                   D
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay

          G                  Em                 C                   D
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
          G                  Em                 C                   D
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay 
        
(...key change)

          A                  F#m                D                   E
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
          A                  F#m                D                   E
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay

          A                  F#m                D                   E
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
          A                  F#m           
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy___ 
          D                   |2/4 E   |4/4  E  |  E7  |  E7  |  A  |
        Whack  for  the  Too-ra   Loo-ra   lay

G Major → A Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

Notes:

Spanish lady
  • Level Of Ease: Easy - does require a few barre chords, B♭ and F#m.
  • Song Key: A♭major - 4 flats (B♭ E♭ A♭ D♭) with a key change to B♭Major - 2 flats (B♭ E♭)
  • We have charted the song in the key of G Major which is a lot easier to play. The key change from G Major to A Major occurs just before the last 2 choruses of the song. The ending is also a little different, but stick with it... don't forget to use a capo on the first fret if you are practicing with the video.
  • 4/4 time = 4 beats per bar with the value of each beat equal to a quarter-note or crotchet.
  • Tempo: approx. 116 bpm (♩)
  • Notice the time signature changes to 2/4 near the end of the last chorus. This simply means you have a 2 beat count for 1 bar (2/4) before going back to a normal 4 beat count per bar (4/4) till the end.
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