Danny Boy chords
Instrumental by Eric Clapton
- The lyrics to Danny Boy were written by Fred E. Weatherly while the music is taken from an old Irish Folk song called Londonderry Air. With so many versions along with variations and subtleties to the song, we have opted for an instrumental version by Eric Clapton. For the practicing guitarist, it's probably one of the easiest versions to play along with... and perhaps one of the best.
- Music: Key of E Major in 4/4 time at 86 bpm (♩)
- Chords: E, Esus4, E7, B, Bsus2, Bsus4, B7, F#7, F#m, A, C#m, C#m7, C#mM7
- Easier - Capo: 2nd fret - play in the key of D Major
- Chords with Capo: D, Dsus4, D7, A, Asus2, Asus4, A7, Em, E7, G, Bm, Bm7, BmM7
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open X: Don't play string B: Bass Note
Danny Boy chords & lyrics
Capo on 2nd fret if playing with the videoSong Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
Intro: 4/4 | Drums | | | (Oh Danny)| A7 D D7 G 1. Oh Dan-ny boy The pipes the pipes are cal-ling D Bm7 A7 Asus2 From glen to glen And down the moun-tain | side - | A D D7 G The sum-mer's gone And all the ros-es fal-ling E7 D A7 D - Dsus4 It's you it's you must go and I must bide D G A7 D G D Dsus2 Chorus: But come ye back when sum-mer's in the mea - dow D G A7 Bm G D A7 Asus2 Or when the val-ley's hushed and white with |snow - | A7 D G Em D A7 It's I'll be here In sun-shine or in sha - dow Bm D Em A D Dsus4 Oh Dan-ny boy Oh Dan-ny boy I love you | so - | D A7 D D7 G 2. But when ye come And all the flow'rs are dy-ing A D Bm7 A7 Asus2 If I am dead As dead I well may | be - | A D D7 G Ye'll come and find _ The place where I am ly-ing E7 D A7 D Dsus4 And kneel and say an Ave there for | me - | D G A7 D G D Dsus2 Chorus: And I shall hear though soft you tread a-bove me D G A7 Bm G D A7 Asus2 And all my grave will warm-er sweet-er | be - | A7 D G Em D A7 For you will bend And tell me that you love me Bm D Em A D Dsus4 And I shall sleep in peace un-til you come to | me - | D G A7 D G D Dsus2 Chorus: And I shall hear though soft you tread a-bove me D G A7 Bm G D A7 Asus2 And all my grave will warm-er sweet-er | be - | A D G Em D A7 For you will bend And tell me that you love me Bm BmM7 D Em A Bm7 And I shall sleep in peace un-til you come to me E7 D Em A D Dsus4 D And I shall sleep in peace un-til you come to | me - | |
- Level Of Ease: Easy
- This song is performed as an instrumental.
- The original recording of Danny Boy is in the key of D Major
- This version of the song is in the key of E major. I have retained the original key, so if you are playing along with the video, you will need to place a capo on the 2nd fret. (D + 2 semitones = E)
- You will need to know this song to be able to play it, as there are no lyrics in the music video to guide you. There are many versions available on YouTube for you to listen to.
- A hyphen separating 2 chords in 4/4 time means there are 2 counts for each chord, e.g., A - Asus2 means 2 beat counts on A and 2 beat counts on Asus2. I have only done this for chords at the end of a line, as the chords within the song are correctly placed directly above the lyrics where the changes occur.
- The song is originally in the format of Verse 1 - Chorus 1 - Verse 2 - Chorus 2. Eric adds an extra Chorus at the end followed by a repeat of the last line. You will see all this on the song sheet, as the lyrics are included.
- BmM7 is the symbol for a B minor major 7th chord. It can also be written as, Bm+7, Bmmaj7, Bmin(maj7), B-(maj7), or Bm(maj7). The chord formula is 1 - ♭3 - 5 - 7. You don't have to play this chord, but it does add some interest to the arrangement.
- The Dsus4 and Asus4 can be interchanged with Dsus2 and Asus2 - they both sound good.
- Capo: Whenever you are using a capo, remember that it becomes your new Nut. Make sure you count the frets upwards from the capo when reading the charts.
- Visit the guitar chords page for help with any chords.
- This is a great opportunity to play along with one of the best guitarists in the world. He plays the song beautifully.
- If you find this arrangement a little hard or even a little confusing, I have included a simplified version for you to download. It won't sound quite right with the video and is in the original format of 2 verses and 2 choruses.
Born: Eric Patrick Clapton on the 30th March 1945 in Hackney, Ripley, Surrey, England
Occupation: Musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, artist
Instruments: Guitar, vocals
Active Years: 1962 – present
Music Styles: Rock, Blues rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock, Blues
Associations: The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, George Harrison, Plastic Ono Band, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Derek and the Dominos, J. J. Cale, B.B. King