That's An Irish Lullaby chords & lyrics

by John Gary

  • That's An Irish Lullaby is also known as Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral. The song was composed by John Royce Shannon in 1913.
  • This version by John Gary is from the album A Little Bit Of Heaven.
  • Key Signatures: C Major → D♭ Major → D Major... 2 key changes
  • Time Signature: 2/4 time
  • Tempo: Varied due to the expressive nature of the performance by John Gary.
  • Chords in C Major: C, Am, G, D7, G7, F, G7(#5), C7, F#dim7, Am7, A7
  • Chords in D♭ Major: A♭7, D♭, B ♭m, A♭, E♭7
  • Chords in D Major: A7, D, Bm, A, E7, G, A7(#5), D7, G#dim7, Bm7, B7

That's An Irish Lullaby by John Gary

Time Signature: 2/4  Played smoothly with much expression in time.

   C                       Am            G   
1. O-ver in Kil-lar-ney___ Ma-ny years a-go
      C               Am               D7                 G
   My mo-ther sang a song to me___ In tones so sweet and low
           C                                Am              G  
   Just a sim-ple lit-tle dit-ty___ In her good old I-rish way
            F                 C    -    Am           D7              G  -  G7(#5)    
   And I'd give the world if she could sing___ That song to me this day

         C            C7          F                  F#dim7   
Chorus: Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral___ Too - ra - loo - ra - li
         C   -  F      C  -  Am7    D7                  G  - G7 
        Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral___   Hush, now don't you cry
         C            C7          F                  F#dim7 
        Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral___ Too - ra - loo - ra - li
         C   -  F      C  -  A7            D7  -   G     C    |   Ab7   | 
        Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral___ That's an I-rish lul-la-by...(key change) 

   Db                          Bbm            Ab   
2. Oft, in dreams I wan-der___ To that cot a-gain
      Db             Bbm               Eb7            | Ab7    -     A7  |
   I feel her arms a hug-gin' me___ As when she held me then...(key change)
          D                                 Bm             D  
   And I hear her voice a hum-min' to me___ As in days of yore
             G               D  -   Bm           E7             A7  -  A7(#5)    
   When she used to rock me fast a-sleep___ Out-side the cabin door

         D            D7          G                  G#dim7   
Chorus: Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral___ Too - ra - loo - ra - li
         D   -  G      D  -  Bm7    E7                  A  - A7 
        Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral___   Hush, now don't you cry
         D            D7          G                  G#dim7 
        Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral___ Too - ra - loo - ra - li
         D   -  G      D  -  B7            E7  -   A         D    G#dim7   D 
        Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral___ That's an I-rish lul - la - by...

🗝️ C Major → D♭ Major → D Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:


Irish Lullaby
  • Level Of Ease: This version of the song is a little difficult to play along with, but if you listen to the guitar in the video, you will notice it is being played using one down stroke at the start of each bar during the verses. This is because the timing of the song is so diverse. An emotional song such as this one gives the singer 'poetic licence'. This means that he sings the song as he feels it, speeding up and slowing down whenever the mood takes him. This makes it very difficult for a rhythm guitarist to strum along, so the safest way is to do what this guitarist is doing and play a down stroke at the start of each bar.
  • You will notice that in the choruses, the timing is more stable, and the guitarist becomes a little more adventurous!
  • There are also 2 key changes; one going into the second verse and the other half-way through the second verse.
  • Song Keys: C Major with the first key change to D♭ Major and the second key change to D Major. It is very unusual having 2 key changes in a song, but John handles it beautifully... a great singer and a great talent.
  • 2/4 time: 2 beats per bar with a quarter-note /crotchet value for each beat. The count would be | 1 2 |, |1& 2&| or |♩ ♩| etc... played smoothly with expression.
  • Tempo: With this version, it is difficult to pick a tempo due to the nature of the performance.
  • I have tried to keep the song as simple as possible, however with 2 key changes, we get in some murky territory with the first key change to D♭ Major. This is where barre chords come in very handy. The next key change gets you back to 'safer waters'!
  • The diminished 7th chords are actually quite easy once you get used to the basic shape of the chord. In this song, we use F#dim7 (same notes as Cdim7), and G#dim7 (same notes as Ddim7). Please persevere... a great exercise in broadening your chord repertoire.
  • If you find the dim7 chords (1 - ♭3 - ♭5 - ♭♭7) too hard to play, just continue on with the previous chord - F in the first chorus and G in the second chorus.
  • 7(#5) is a seventh augmented fifth chord with a formula of 1 - 3 - #5 - ♭7. It can also be referred to as a 7+5 or +7 chord. In this song we have a G7(#5) and A7(#5). They are both easy to play and sound great going into each respective chorus.
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