My Irish Molly O chords
by The Dublin City Ramblers
- My Irish Molly O was composed by Jean Schwartz, while the lyrics were written by William Jerome (circa 1905).
- This version is by the Dublin City Ramblers - Irish Folk Band originating from Dublin, Ireland.
- Music: Key of G Major in 4/4 time at ~ 108 bpm (♩)
- Chords: G, Em, Am, A7, D, D7, Bm7, B7, Gmaj7
- Beginners: The key of C Major is very easy with no barre chords but if you play along with the video you will need a capo on the 7th fret which may be pitched a little high but if you are finger picking, it sounds great. C-Am-Dm-D7-G-G7-Em7-E7-Cmaj7(x32000)
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open X: Don't play string B: Bass Note
My Irish Molly OSong Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
Em G D7 G Intro: 4/4 | | 𝄎 | - | | Em D Em 1. Mol-ly dear and did you hear The news that's go-in’ a-round Em A7 D7 Down in the cor-ner of my heart A lov-ing place you’ve found Em D Em And ev-ery time I gaze in-to Your I-rish eyes are blue Bm7 Am B7 Em D7 They seem to whis-per darl-in’ boy My love is all for you Oh G Gmaj7 G Am Chorus: Mol-ly my I-rish Mol-ly My sweet a-cush-la dear B7 Em A7 D I'm fair-ly off my trol-ley My I-rish Mol-ly when you are near G D B7 Spring-time you know is ring time Come dear now don't be slow Em Change your name, go on be game Be-gor-ra and I’ll do the same G D7 G My I-rish Mol-ly O Em G D7 G Instr: | | 𝄎 | - | | Em D Em 2. Mol-ly dear and did you hear I furn-ished up the flat Em A7 D7 Three lit-tle co-sy rooms with bath And a wel-come on the mat Em D Em It's five pounds down and two a week We'll soon be out of debt Bm7 Am B7 Em D7 It's all com-plete ex-cept they have-n't Brought the crad-le yet Oh G Gmaj7 G Am Chorus: Mol-ly my I-rish Mol-ly My sweet a-cush-la dear B7 Em A7 D I'm fair-ly off my trol-ley My I-rish Mol-ly when you are near G D B7 Spring-time you know is ring time Come dear now don't be slow Em Change your name, go on be game Be-gor-ra and I’ll do the same G D7 G My I-rish Mol-ly O Chorus: Instrumental Em D Em 3. Mol-ly dear and did you hear What all the neigh-bours say Em A7 D7 A-bout the hund-red sove-reigns You have safe-ly stowed a-way Em D Em They say that's why I love ya Ah but Mol-ly that's a shame Bm7 Am B7 Em D7 If you had on-ly nine-ty nine I'd love you just the same Oh G Gmaj7 G Am Chorus: Mol-ly my I-rish Mol-ly My sweet a-cush-la dear B7 Em A7 D I'm fair-ly off my trol-ley My I-rish Mol-ly when you are near G D B7 Spring-time you know is ring time Come dear now don't be slow Em Change your name, go on be game Be-gor-ra and I’ll do the same G D7 G My I-rish Mol-ly O Em G D7 G Outro: | | 𝄎 | - | |
- Level Of Ease: Fairly Easy. The trickiest chords are the B7 and Gmaj7 (see tip below), but with practice they will become very easy to play.
- Song Key: This version of 'My Irish Molly O' is in the key of G major - 1 sharp (F#)
- 4/4 time: This means 4 quarter-note beats per bar, therefore the count is | 1 2 3 4 | or | ♩ ♩ ♩ ♩ | etc.
The top number indicates the number of beats in each bar - in this case 4 beats, while the bottom number indicates the note value of each beat - in this case a quarter-note or crotchet beat.
- Tempo: moderate at around 108 - 110 bpm with a 'slow-down' at the end of each verse going into each chorus. We call it 'poetic licence', and it works well here.
- If you are playing with a metronome, there are some handy sites that offer a free metronome on-line. These are excellent for practice sessions.
- An easy way to play the Gmaj7 chord (320002) after the G chord at the start of every chorus:
G chord: Play the G chord using fingers 2, 3 & 4.
Gmaj7 chord: Lift the 4th finger from string 1 (3rd fret) and replace it with the 1st finger on the 1st string (2nd fret).
Pretend you are playing a G7 chord, and instead of placing your first finger on the 1st string, 1st fret, place it on the first string, 2nd fret.
The Dublin City Ramblers
The Dublin City Ramblers were formed in 1970. Band members consisted of Patsy Watchorn, Mick Crotty, Sean McGuiness, and Kevin Gerahty. In 1972 Mick and Kevin left the band, and were replaced by Philip McCaffrey on fiddle, and Kevin Molloy on guitar and vocals. It was during this time, the band scored a Top 10 hit with their album, A Nation Once Again.
During the 80's, the band went on to record many famous hits including, The Rare Ould Times, John O'Dreams, and Wind in the Willows. In the late 80's, Philip and Kevin left the band, making way for Paddy Sweeney from The Barleycorn.
In 1992, Shay Kavanagh joined the band, and this line-up continued until 1995. Patsy Watchorn's left the band in 1995 to pursue a solo career and in 2005, he joined The Dubliners, taking the place of the great Paddy Reilly.
In 2002 Paddy and Shay left the band, and since then there has been an array of members joining and leaving the band.In the last decade, The Dublin City Ramblers have continued to tour as a 3 piece with Sean McGuinness, the only existing original member.