The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond chords

by Ella Roberts

  • Loch Lomond is a popular traditional Scottish song first published in 1841 in Vocal Melodies of Scotland.
  • An Irish variation of the song - Red Is the Rose is sung with the same melody but different lyrics.
  • Ella Roberts was born in Australian with Celtic heritage. She followed her Irish & Scottish ancestry back to the Highlands and Isles and found her passion for Celtic music and song.
  • Music: Key of E Major in 2/2 time at approx. 68 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: E, F#m, G#m, A, B7, C#m, E

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond by Ella Roberts

 Intro: 2/2 Bagpipes/Cello/Guitar|  E  |  %  |  %  |  %  |

       E                       F#m 
1. By yon bon-nie banks and by yon bon-nie braes 
              E                        A    B7
   Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lo - mon'
         C#m        E             F#m            A
   Where me and my true love will ne-ver meet a-gain 
           E       G#m       A           B7    E  |  %  |
   On the bon-nie, bon-nie banks o' Loch Lo - mon'

           E                             A             E
Chorus: O you'll take the high road and I'll take the low 
             E                      A   B7
        And I'll be in Scot-land a-fore ye
            A         C#m            A             F#m  |  %  |
        For me and my true love will ne-ver meet a-gain
                E       G#m      A            B7    E  |  %  |
        On the bon-nie, bon-nie banks o' Loch Lo - mon'
      
          E                       A          E 
2.'Twas there that we par-ted in yon sha-dy glen 
            E                      A    B7
   On the steep, steep side o' Ben Lo - mon'
         C#m             E      F#m                A
   Where in the pur-ple hue the Hie-land hills we view 
            E   G#m      A  E       B7     E  |  %  |
   And the moon com-in' out in the gloa - min'

           E                             A             E
Chorus: O you'll take the high road and I'll take the low 
             E                      A   B7
        And I'll be in Scot-land a-fore ye
            A         C#m            A             F#m  |  %  |
        For me and my true love will ne-ver meet a-gain
                E       G#m       A           B7     E  
        On the bon-nie, bon-nie banks o' Loch Lo - (mon')

Instr: |  E  |  %  |  A   |  E  |  %  |  %  |  A  |  B7  |
         (mon)
       |  A  | C#m |  A   | F#m |  %  |  E  |  A  |  B7  |  E  |  %  |

        E                         A
3. The wee bir-dies sing and the wild flo-w'rs spring 
           E                          A   B7
   And in sun-shine the wa-ters are sleep-ing
           C#m               E       F#m               A
   But the bro-ken heart it kens nae se-cond spring a-gain 
             E  G#m       A     E         B7   A  |  %  |
   Tho' the wae-fu' may cease frae their gree-ting...


           E                            A             E
Chorus: O ye'll take the high road and I'll take the low 
             E                      A   B7
        An' I'll be in Scot-land a-fore ye
            A         C#m            A             F#m  |  %  |
        For me and my true love will ne-ver meet a-gain
                E       G#m       A           B7    E  
        On the bon-nie, bon-nie banks o' Loch Lo - mon'...
    

🗝️ E 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

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