Only Our Rivers Run Free chords & lyrics

by Christy Moore

  • Only Our Rivers Run Free was written by Mickey MacConnell from Bellanaleck in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland - 1973.
  • This cover by Christy Moore is from the album Time Has Come.
  • Music: Key of C Major in 3/4 time at ~102 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: C, G, F, Am, Em

Only Our Rivers Run Free by Christy Moore

        C              G          C
1. When ap-ples still grow in No-vem-ber 
         F                C              G
   When Blos-soms still bloom from each tree 
          F                           C
   When leaves are still green in De-cem-ber 
         G                          Am
   It's then that our land will be free 
      F                     C
   I wan-der her hills and val-leys 
         F                        Em
   And still through my sor-row I see 
      F                         C
   A land that has never known free-dom 
   G                      Am
   On-ly her ri-vers run free 

       F            G           C
2. I drink to the death of her man-hood 
          F            C             G
   Those men who would ra-ther have died 
            F                          C
   Than to live in the cold chains of bon-dage 
        G                             Am
   To bring back their rights were de-nied 
     F                        C
   Where are you now when we need you 
          F                           Em
   What burns where the flame used to be 
           F                           C
   Are ye gone like the snows of last win-ter 
        G                      Am
   Will on-ly our ri-vers run free? 

         F       G              C
3. How sweet is life but we're cry-ing 
        F           C              G
   How mel-low the wine that were dry 
        F                          C
   How fra-grant the rose but it's dy-ing 
        G                       Am
   How gen-tle the wind but it sighs 
         F                          C
   What good is in youth when it's age-ing 
         F                        Em
   What joy is in eyes that can't see 
                 F                        C
   When there's sor-row in sun-shine and flow-ers 
       G                      Am
   And on-ly our ri-vers run free

🗝️ C 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

Left Handed Charts:

Christy Moore
Christy Moore

Born: Christopher Andrew Moore on the 7th May 1945 in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland

Occupation: Musician, songwriter

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bodhrán

Active Years: 1969 – present

Music Styles: Folk, Traditional Irish, Pop

𝐖 Christy Moore


🍏 Only Our Rivers Run Free by Christy Moore is featured on the album Time Has Come.

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