The Minstrel Boy chords & lyrics

by John McDermott

The music to The Minstrel Boy is set to the melody of an old Irish 'Air' called The Moreen, while the lyrics were written by Thomas Moore - an Irish singer, songwriter, poet and entertainer from Dublin, Ireland. This version of the song by John McDermott is featured on his album Danny Boy.
Music: Key of E♭ Major in 4/4 time at 72 bpm (♩)
Chords: E♭, B♭, B♭7, B♭sus4, Cm, A♭, G7
Capo on 1 and play in D Major
Chords with Capo: D, A, A7, Asus4, Bm, G, F#7
John McDermott

The Minstrel Boy by John McDermott

Capo on 1 if playing with video

Intro: 4/4 |---♩|
   | D  A  G  A  | D  A  Bm  Bm  | G  A  D  D  | Asus4  A  D  D  |

        D         G          D  A   Bm              
1. The Min-strel boy to the war is gone 
            G        D          Asus4   A   D 
   In the ranks of death you'll   fi - ind him
        D          G            D  A  Bm             
   His fath-er's sword he has gird-ed on
            G          D      Asus4   A   D 
   And his wild harp slung be - hi - ind him


    Bm      G             A7        A           
   Land of Song! Said the war-rior bard
        Bm        D    F#7  Bm    F#7  Bm
   Tho' all the world  be - tra - ays thee
         D        G         D      A    Bm            
   One sword at least thy rights shall guard
         G        D        Asus4   A    D 
   One faith-ful harp shall pra - aise thee

Instr:
   |  D  -  G  |  D  -  Bm  |  G  -  D  |  A  -  D  |


        D         G            D   A     Bm                  
2. The Min-strel fell but the foe man's chain
               G         D       Asus4  A     D 
   Could not bring his proud soul  u –  un - der
        D        G           D   A    Bm             
   The harp he loved ne'er spoke a - gain
           G         D      Asus4  A     D 
   For he tore its chords a – su – un - der


        Bm       G          A7      A            
   And said no chains shall sul-y  thee
         Bm      D   F#7  Bm   F#7   Bm
   Thou soul of love and  bra – av’- ry
         D         G            D    A   Bm                 
   Thy songs were made for the pure and free
               G        D       Asus4  A    D 
   They shall nev-er  sound  in  sla - av’- ry


    Bm      G             A7        A           
   Land of Song! Said the war-rior bard
        Bm        D    F#7  Bm    F#7  Bm
   Tho' all the world  be - tra - ays thee
         D        G         D      A    Bm            
   One sword at least thy rights shall guard
         G        D         Asus4   A    D 
   One faith-ful harp shall  pra - aise thee

   
Outro:
   |  D  -  G  |  D  -  Bm  |  G  -  D  |  A  -  D  |
Free Music Transposition   Simply highlight & copy the entire song sheet above - then click on the button... more.

The Minstrel Boy chords and lyrics

D 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                 G                 A                A7                 Bm               F#7
  e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
  B |---|---|-3-|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |-1-|-2-|---|   B |-1-|---|---|
  G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |-1-|---|-4-|   G |-1-|-2-|---|
  D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |-1-|---|-3-|   D |-1-|---|---|
  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |-1-|---|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |-1-|---|---| 
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         2   3   4         2   3   4 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       D                 G                 A                A7                 Bm               F#7
 |---|-2-|---| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
 |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |---|-2-|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B
 |---|-1-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |-4-|---|-1-| G   |---|-2-|-1-| G
 |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |-3-|---|-1-| D   |---|---|-1-| D
x|---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|-1-| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A
x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         4   3   2         4   3   2 Frets
   

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly Easy with only a couple of barre chords
  • Song Key: E♭ Major... 3 flats- (B♭ E♭ A♭)
  • Song Key with capo on the 1st fret: D Major... 1 sharp - (F#)
  • In the Intro, the violin brings the band in with a note played on the 4th beat of the 1st bar. The band comes in on the second bar.
  • There are several chord changes in the 4 bars of Intro. If you find this a little hard, simply play the same chords as the 4 bars of instrumental breaks in the middle and end of the song.
  • A hyphen between 2 chords splits the bar count in half, therefore | D - G | in this song with 4 beats per bar means 2 beats on D and 2 beats on G... could also be written as | D / G / |.
  • | G A D / | means 1 beat on G, 1 beat on A, and 2 beats on D. This simile mark or repeat sign ( / ) means you repeat the previous chord in the same bar.
  • The song tends to start and stop and change tempo, but this is the nature of the song. John is a great Tenor, and sings the song beautifully.
Transposition if you want to play in the original key of E♭ Major:
Capo: Fret 1 (D Major) D A A7 Asus4 Bm G F#7
Original Key (E♭Major) E♭ B♭ B♭7 B♭sus4 Cm A♭ G7

John McDermott

John McDermott

Born: John Charles McDermott on the 25th March 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Occupation: Singer, songwriter, record producer

Instruments: Vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar

Active Years: 1980 – present

Music Styles: Celtic music

Associations: The Irish Tenors, St. Michael's Choir School

John McDermott

Official Website: johnmcdermott.com

The Minstrel Boy Sheet Musicicon available at OnlineSheetMusic.Com - 2 pages - Piano/Vocal/Chords - Digital Print - Eb Major

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