The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee chords & lyrics

by Seán O Sé

  • The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee was written by Dick Forbes and J.C. Flanahan.
  • The song refers to the River Lee which emanates from the Shehy Mountains on the western border of County Cork, flowing eastward through Cork which is situated south-west of Ireland, in the province of Munster.
  • Original Key: C Major in 3/4 time at 84 bpm (♩)
  • Song Chords: C, D, F, G, G7, Am (Easy for beginners - no barre chords)
  • Please Note: The cover by Seán O Sé is in the key of D Major. If you are playing with the video, you will need to place a capo on the 2nd fret or play in D major.
  • Chords in D major: D, E, G, A, A7, Bm

The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee by Seán O Sé

Capo on 2 if playing with the video

Intro: 3/4 | G  | G7  | F  | C  | Am  | C   | G  | G7  |
            | C  | G7  | F  | C  | G   | G7  | C  |  𝄎  |
           
       C         F           C                 Am
1. How oft do my thoughts in their fan-cy take flight 
          G          D            G  | G7  |
   To the home of my child-hood a-way, 
          C              F           C              Am
   To the days when each Pa-tri-ot's vi-sion seem'd bright 
         G                  D              G  |  𝄎  |
   Ere I dreamed that those joys should de-cay. 
           G            G7           C               Am  
   When my heart was as light as the wild winds that blow 
            C                Am       G7  | G7  |
   Down the Mar-dyke through each elm tree, 
            C            G7                 F            C 
   Where we sport-ed and play'd 'neath each green leaf-y shade 
          G                      C  |  𝄎  |
   On the banks of my own lovely Lee, 
            C            G7                 F            C  
   Where we sport-ed and play'd 'neath each green leaf-y shade 
          G           G7         C  | 𝄎  |
   On the banks of my own lovely Lee. 

Instr: | G  | G7  | F  | C  | Am  | C   | G  | G7  |
   
       C           F              C             Am
2. And then in the spring-time of laugh-ter and song
         G         D             G   | G7  |
   Can I e-ver for-get the sweet hours?
            C             F           C          Am
   With the friends of my youth as we ram-bled a-long
              G            D              G  |  𝄎  |
  'Mongst the green mos-sy banks and wild flowers.
       G              G7              C           Am  
   And then, when the ev-en-ing sun's sink-ing to rest
            C             Am        G7  | 𝄎  |
   Shed its gold-en light o-ver the sea
       C             G7         F             C 
   The maid with her lo-ver the wild dai-sies pressed
          G                       C  |  𝄎  |
   On the banks of my own love-ly Lee,
       C             G7         F             C  
   The maid with her lo-ver the wild dai-sies pressed
          G           G7         C  |  𝄎  |
   On the banks of my own lovely Lee...

🗝️ C 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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