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

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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