Molly Malone chords & lyrics
by The Dubliners
- Molly Malone is a traditional song (author unknown) - it was first published in 1883 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and again in 1884 in London by Francis Brothers & Day who credited the works to James Yorkston of Edinburgh with the musical arrangement by Edmund Forman.
- This version is featured on the album The Dubliners.
- Music: Key of G Major in 3/4 time at ~ 60 bpm (♩)
- Chords: G, Em7, Am, D7, A7
- The song is also referred to as Cockles and Mussels.
Molly Malone by The Dubliners
Intro: 3/4 | (violin) ♪♪ | | G | G | D7 | G | G | G Em Am D7 1. In Dub-lin's fair ci - ty____ Where the girls are so pret-ty G Em Am D7 I first set my eyes_____ On sweet Mol-ly Ma-lone____ G Em Am D7 As she wheeled her wheel bar-row____ Through streets broad and nar-row G Em7 G D7 G Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live a-live o! G Em Am D7 Chorus: A-live a-live o!____ A-live a-live o!____ G Em7 G D7 G Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live a-live o! G Em Am D7 2. She was a fish mon-ger____ And sure it was no won-der G Em Am D7 So were her____ Fath-er and Moth-er be-fore G Em Am D7 And they both wheeled their bar-row____Through streets broad and nar-row G Em7 G D7 G Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live a-live o! G Em Am D7 Chorus: A-live a-live o!____ A-live a-live o! G Em7 G D7 G Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live a-live o! G Em Am D7 3. She died of a fev-er____ And no one could save her G Em Am D7 And that was the end____ Of sweet Mol-ly Ma-lone G Em Am D7 Now her ghost wheels her bar-row____ Through streets broad and nar-row G Em7 G D7 G Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live a-live o! G Em Am D7 Chorus: A-live a-live o!____ A-live a-live o!____ G Em7 G D7 G Cry-ing cock-les and mus-sels____ A-live a-live o!____ ( x4)
🗝️ G 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:
- Level Of Ease: Easy and fun.
- In this version, the guitarist plays the whole intro picking a G chord and continues to do so for the first line of the verse. You can do this, however, I have included all chord changes... the choice is yours.
- Song Key: G major (1 sharp - F#)
- 3/4 time: 3 crotchet/quarter-note beats per bar/measure with a count of |1 2 3 |
- 6/8 time: This means 6 beats per bar/measure, and the value of each beat is an eighth-note or quaver, therefore the count is | 1 2 3 4 5 6 |, etc. Some sheet music shows this time, while others show 3/4 time.
- 6/8 or 3/4 time? At 6/8 the click track or metronome is played at a fairly quick tempo of around 120 bpm, as each click of the metronome falls on each eighth-note beat. If on the other hand the time signature is stated as 3/4 time, |1 2 3 | the tempo would be stated as moderate at around 60 bpm, where each metronome beat falls on each quarter-note beat. So, if you are practicing using a metronome or click track, you can set it at 120 bpm or 60 bpm. Some prefer the 120 bpm (6/8), as it sound more like a drummer playing the hats in quaver time, and it's easier to keep time... the choice is yours.
- The song uses a nice mixture of major, minor and 7th chords, all of which are very easy to play - beginners will enjoy playing this song.
- Origin: Dublin, Ireland
- Active Years: 1962 – 2012
- Music Style: Irish Folk
- Members Over the Journey: Ciarán Bourke, Seán Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Bob Lynch, Jim McCann, Barney McKenna, Paddy Reilly, John Sheahan, Patsy Watchorn
- Associations: The Dublin Legends, The Pogues