The Contender chords & lyrics

by Jimmy MacCarthy

The Contender was written by Jimmy MacCarthy about the 1930's Irish boxer, Jack Doyle who was also known as The Gorgeous Gael. Jimmy has written many songs which have been recorded by a number of popular Irish Artists - Ride on (Christy Moore), Bright Blue Rose (Mary Black), No Frontiers (The Corrs).
Music: Key of G Major in 4/4 time at ~ 84 bpm (♩)
Chords: G, Am, C, D, Em, F
JJimmy MacCarthy

The Contender by Jimmy MacCarthy

Intro: 4/4  
   |   G  |  C  -  Em  |  Am  | D  |  G  |  Am  |  C  -  D  |  G  |    
             
        G                          | C  -  Em |
1. When I was young and I was in my day
              Am                  C                D
   Sure I'd steal what wo-man's heart there was a-way
            G
   And I'd sing into the dawn-ing
          Am
   Saw a blaze into the morn-ing
            C              D              G
   Long be-fore I was the man you see to-day.

          G                                   | C  -  Em |
2. I was born be-neath the star that pro-mised all
                 Am                 C                 D
   I could have lived my life with-out Cas-san-dra's call
             G
   But the wheel of for-tune took me
             Am
   From the high-est point she shook me 
           C                   D               G
   By the bot-tle live by the bot-tle I shall fall

     Em              Am      D       G
Chorus: There in the mir-ror on the wall 
      G            Am       D
        I see the dream is fad-ing 
     Em              Am      D        G
        From the con-ten-der to the brawl
      F                                         D
        The ring, the rose, the mat-a-dor__rav-ing...

                G                               | C  -  Em |
 3. And when I die I'll die a drunk down on the street
             Am              C               D
    He will count me out to ten in clear de-feat
              G
    Wrap the Star-ry Plough a-round me
            Am
    Let the pi-per's air re-sound me
                C               D                 G
    There I'll rest un-til the Lord of Love I'll meet


     Em             Am      D       G
Chorus: There in the mir-ror on the wall 
      G            Am       D
        I see the dream is fad-ing 
     Em             Am      D        G
        From the con-ten-der to the brawl
      F                                   D
        The ring, the rose, the mat-a-dor__ rav-ing


     Em              Am      D       G
Chorus: There in the mir-ror on the wall 
      G            Am       D
        I see the dream is fad-ing 
     Em              Am      D        G
        From the con-ten-der to the brawl
      F                                   D
        The ring, the rose, the mat-a-dor__ rav-ing

        
Chorus: Instrumental (fade out)
  

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

           D                 Em                  F              F (barre) 
    e|---|-2-|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|---|-1-|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|-2-|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|-1-|---|-4-|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|---|---|x    A|-1-|---|-3-|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x    E|-1-|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 

 Left Handed Chord Tabs
          G                 Am                  C
    |-3-|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|-3-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D
    |---|-1-|---|A     |---|---|---|A     |-3-|---|---|A
    |-2-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
          D                 Em                  F              F (barre) 
    |---|-2-|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |---|-1-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D
   x|---|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
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