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

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

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