Galway Bay chords
... that dear land across the Irish sea
Composer: Arthur Nicholas Whistler Colahan
Music: F Major in 4/4/ time at ~ 54–60 bpm (♩)
Chords: F, G7, Gm7, C, C7, D7... charts below.
- F: xx3211
- F: 132211 (B)
- D7: xx0212
- G7: 320001
- C: x32010
- C7: x32310
- Gm7: 353333
- Gm7: xx3333(B)
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open X: Don't play string B: Bass Note
Galway Bay chords & lyricsSong Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
F D7 G7 C7 F Intro: 4/4 | - | | | | (If you) F Gm7 C7 1. If you e-ver go a-cross the sea to Ire-land Gm7 C7 F Then may-be at the clos-ing of your day F D7 G7 You will sit and watch the moon rise o-ver Clad-dagh C7 F And see the sun go down on Gal-way Bay F Gm7 C7 2. Just to hear a-gain the rip-ple of the trout stream Gm7 C7 F The wo-men in the mea-dow mak-ing hay F D7 G7 Just to sit be-side a turf fire in the cab-in C7 F And watch the bare-foot Gos-soons at their play F Gm7 C7 3. For the breez-es blow-ing o'er the seas from Ire-land Gm7 C7 F Are per-fumed by the heath-er as they blow F D7 G7 And the wo-men in the up-lands dig-gin' pra-ties C7 F Speak a lang-uage that the strang-ers do not know F Gm7 C7 4. For the strang-ers came and tried to teach us their way Gm7 C7 F They scorn'd us just for be-ing what we are F D7 G7 But they might as well go chas-ing after moon-beams C7 F Or light a pen-ny can-dle from a star F Gm7 C7 5. And if there is going to be a life here-af-ter Gm7 C7 F And some-how I am sure there's going to be F D7 G7 I will ask my God to let me make my hea-ven C7 F In that dear land a-cross the I-rish sea...
Level Of Ease: Fairly easy
First bar of the introduction | F - D7 | play the F chord for 2 beats and D7 for 2 beats.
It could have been written as | F / D7 / | where the repeat sign / means you repeat the previous chord within the bar.
The 3rd & 4th line of each verse is exactly the same as the Intro.
The first line of each verse: Play F for 1 bar and the chords Gm7 and C7 for 1 bar - 2 beats on Gm7 and 2 beats on C7... the first line of each verse looks like this:
| F | Gm7 - C7 |
If you are unfamiliar with the song there are a few videos you can watch:
- Foster and Allen This consists of 2 key changes. It starts in E Major with a key change to F Major after Verse 2, and another key change to F# Major after Verse 4.
- Celtic Woman Key of E♭ Major ... an alternative version from the traditional one... very well done.
- Bing Crosby Key of C Major
- Use the Transposer for key changes.