The Bold Fenian Men chords

'Down by the Glenside'

  • The Bold Fenian Men was written by Peadar Kearney, an Irish Republican and composer of many rebel songs.
  • This version is by The Clancy Brothers from the album Wrap The Green Flag.
  • Music: Key of A minor in 3/4 time at ~ 110 bpm (♩)
  • Song Chords: Am, Em, C, G
  • Ideal for beginners with very easy chords.

The Bold Fenian by The Clancy Brothers

Intro: 3/4 |𝄽 𝄽 𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮|  Am  |  C  |  Am  /A  /G  |  Am  |  Am  |
                
           Am                       C          Em
1.  It was down by the glen-side, I met an old wo-man
      Am                               C            Em
    A-pick-in' young net-tles, and she ne’er saw me com-in'
      Am                       C            G
    I lis-tened a while to the song she was hum-ming'
           Am         C          Am    /A    /G  | Am   |
    Glo-ry O,  Glo-ry O,  to the bold  Fen - ian   men

Instr: |  Am  |  C  |  Am  /A  /G  |  Am  |  Am  |  

         Am                        C            Em
2.  It's fif-ty long years since I saw the moon beam-in'
       Am                      C              Em
    On strong man-ly forms, on eyes with hope gleam-in'
      Am                  C          G  
    I see them a-gain, in all my sad dream-in'
           Am         C          Am    /A    /G  | Am   |
    Glo-ry O,  Glo-ry O,  to the bold  Fen - ian   men

    
Instr: Play Verse 2 
    
         Am                        C             Em  
3.  When I was a young girl, their march-in' and dril-lin'
      Am                           C            Em  
    A-woke in the glen-side sounds awe-some and thril-lin'
         Am                              C             G    
    They loved dear old Ire-land, and to die they were wil-lin'
           Am         C          Am    /A    /G  | Am   | Am   | Am   |
    Glo-ry O,  Glo-ry O,  to the bold  Fen - ian   men
    
         Am                          C           Em  
4.  Some died by the glen-side, some died near a stran-ger
        Am                          C           Em  
    And wise men have told us their cause was a fail-ure
         Am                            C             G    
    They loved dear old Ire-land, they ne-ver feared dan-ger
           Am         C          Am    /A    /G  | Am   | Am   |
    Glo-ry O,  Glo-ry O,  to the bold  Fen - ian   men
    
      Am                     C              Em  
5.  I went on my way, God be praised that I met her
       Am                            C          Em  
    Be life long or short, sure I'll ne-ver for-get her
       Am                           C           G        
    We may have good men, but we'll ne-ver have bet-ter
           Am         C          Am    /A    /G  | Am   |
    Glo-ry O,  Glo-ry O,  to the bold  Fen - ian   men

Outro: 
    |  Am  |  C  |  Am  /A  /G  |  Am ... |
    

🗝 Am

Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords on frets & strings
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes / player preference only
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings    R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string     B: Bass Note

Right Handed Charts:

 Chord and Bass Run:         Am  /A   /G 
                         e|--0------------|
 0: play open string     B|--1------------| 
 x: don't play string    G|--2------------| 
 Numbers: Fret Numbers   D|--2------------|
                         A|--0----0-------|
                         E|--x---------3--|  
                         
P.S. You don't have to play the bass notes /A  & /G with the Am but it does sound good,
especially if you are fingerpicking. If you omit the bass notes, just continue playing 
the Am chord. 

Left Handed Charts:

The Clancy Brothers
Wrap The Green Flag album

Origins: County Tipperary & County Armagh, Ireland

Active Years: 1956–1998

Music Styles: Traditional Irish, Folk, Celtic

Associations: Makem and Clancy, The Clancys and Eddie Dillon, The Fureys, Clancy, O'Connell & Clancy, Cherish the Ladies, The High Kings, Danú, The Makem Brothers, Barley Bree, The Clancy Legacy

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