Galway Girl chords

by Celtic Thunder

  • Galway Girl was written by Steve Earle - American singer-songwriter, record producer, author, and actor.
  • Recorded and released in 2000 from the album Transcendental Blues
  • The cover by Celtic Thunder was first featured on their album, Heritage.
  • Music: D Major in 4/4 time at 188 bpm (𝅘𝅥) or in 2/2 time at 94 bpm (𝅗𝅥)
  • Chords: D, Em, G, A, Bm
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
D Major Em G Major A Major Bm Bm
D Major Em G Major A Major Bm Bm

Galway Girl

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
              
Intro: 4/4 ||     |     |     |    (I)||
     D
1. I took a stroll down the old long walk 
                   G
   On a day-i-ay-i-ay
     Bm                        G          D
   I met a lit-tle girl and we stopped to talk 
                   G     D
   On a grand soft day-i-ay

                      D                G         D
Chorus: And I ask you friend, what's a fel-la to do
               Bm       A             G         D    
        If her hair was black and her eyes were blue
              G          D             G         D 
        And I knew right then - I'd be tak-in' a whirl
                 Bm        A           G       D       D
        Down the Salt-hill Prom with a Gal-way girl |     |

          D     D     G    G   D   G   D   Em   D    A    A   D
Instr: |     |     |     |   -   |   -   |    -   |     |   -   |
                                                              (We were)
           D
2. We were half-way there when the rains came down 
                     G
   On the day-i-ay-i-ay
           Bm                G         D
   And she took me up to her flat down-town
                  G     D
   On a fine soft day-i-ay

                      D                G         D
Chorus: And I ask you friend, what's a fel-la to do
               Bm       A             G         D 
        If her hair was black and her eyes were blue
             G        D            G         D 
        So I took her hand - and I gave it a twirl
                   Bm      A          G       D       D 
        And then I lost my heart to a Gal-way girl |     |

          D     D     G    G   D   G   D   Em   D    A    A   D
       |     |     |     |   -   |   -   |    -   |     |   -   |
          G     G     D      A     G   D   Em   D     A    A   D
Instr: |     |     |     |       |   -    |    -   |     |   -   |
                                                              (Well when)
 
             D                                D     G
3. Well when I woke up I was all a-lone... |     |     |
          Bm                       G            D       G     D   
   With a brok-en heart and a |2/4 tick-et |4/4 home |2/4  |4/4  | 
                                                             (And I ask you)
                      D
Chorus: And I ask you friend,  (And I ask you friend)  
                 G         D
        What's a fel-la to do?   (What's a fella to do)
               Bm       A             G         D 
        If her hair was black and her eyes were blue
                   D
        See you've trav-elled a-round, (See you've travelled around) 
                      G         D
        I've been all ov-er the world (Been all over the world)
                Bm          A               G       D       D
        I ain't nev-er seen noth-in' like a Gal-way girl |     |

          D     D     G    G   D   G   D   Em   D    A    A   D
Instr: |     |     |     |   -   |   -   |    -   |     |   -   |

                      D
Chorus: And I ask you friend,  (And I ask you friend)
                 G         D
        What's a fel-la to do (What's a fella to do)
               Bm       A             G         D 
        If her hair was black and her eyes were blue
                   D
        See you've trav-elled a-round, (See you've travelled around) 
                      G         D
        I've been all ov-er the world (Been all over this world)
                Bm          A               G         D     Bm   A   G    D
        I ain't nev-er seen noth-in' like a Gal-way | girl -   |   -   |  𝄑 |

Please Note:

Wherever you see Galway Girl, the timing goes to 2/4  on Galway and back to 4/4 on Girl

| 24   Galway   | 44   Girl   |

At the end of Verse 3, Ticket-Home takes the place of Galway-Girl so I have displayed the timing changes where they occur.


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