The Orange and the Green chords & lyrics

by The Irish Rovers

  • The Orange and The Green was written by Anthony Murphy... a song about a man who had a Protestant father (orange), and a Catholic mother (green) - follows the life of this man from birth to adulthood, and how mixed up he was due to his parents' religious differences.
  • This version by The Irish Rovers is featured on the album The Best Of The Irish Rovers.
  • Music: Key of D Major in 4/4 time at 122 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: D, A, A7, G, Bm, Em... chord charts below...

The Orange and the Green by The Irish Rovers

Intro: 4/4 |  D  |  D   |  A  |  A   |  G  |  D  | A  -  A7  |    D    |   
           | Bm  |  Bm  | Em  |  Em  |  A  |  G  |     D     | A - A7  |  D  |   
              D                            A
Chorus: Oh it is the big-gest mix-up that you have e-ver seen 
            G             D               A      A7        D
        My fath-er he was O-range and me moth-er she was Green
         D                                     A
1. Oh my fa-ther was an Ulst-er  man___ Proud Pro-tes-tant was he  
      G              D                        A      A7       D
   My mo-ther was a Cath-o-lic girl___ From Count-y Cork was she
             Bm                                 Em            A  
   They were mar-ried in two church-es___ Lived hap-pi-ly e-nough
       G               D                   A         A7      D
   Un-til the day that I was born___ And things got rather tough... Chorus:

         D                                A
2. Bap-tized by Fath-er Ri-ley___ I was rushed a-way by car
          G             D                 A          A7       D
   To be made a lit-tle O-range-man___ Me fa-ther's shin-ing star
          Bm                                   Em                A  
   I was Chris-ten-ed Dav-id An-tho-ny___ But still in spite of that
         G              D                   A         A7       D
   To my fa-ther I was Will-iam___ While my mo-ther called me Pat... Chorus:

        D                             A
3. With Mo-ther ev-‘ry Sun-day___ To Mass I'd proud-ly stroll
         G              D                       A      A7      D
   Then aft-er that the O-range lodge___ Would try to save my soul
        Bm                                 Em               A  
   For both sides tried to claim me___ But I was smart be-cause  
        G                  D                   A        A7      D
   I'd play the flute I’d play the harp___ De-pend-ing where I was... Chorus:

        D                             A
4. One day me Ma's re-lat-ions came round to vis-it me
        G                D                 A        A7      D
   Just as my fa-ther's kin-folk were all sit-ting down to tea
        Bm                                     Em             A  
   We tried to smooth things o-ver___ But they all be-gan to fight
       G                    D                   A     A7      D
   And me be-ing strict-ly neut-ral___ I bashed ev'ry-one in sight... Chorus:

           D                              A
5. Now my par-ents nev-er could a-gree a-bout my type of school
        G                D                      A       A7     D
   My learn-ing was all done at home___ That's why I'm such a fool 
            Bm                                 Em                 A  
   They've both passed on God rest 'em___ But left me caught be-tween 
        G               D              A       A7        D
   That aw-ful col-our prob-lem of the O-range and the Green... Chorus X 2

      |  D  |  D   |  A  |  A   |  G  |  D  | A  -  A7  |     D     |   
      | Bm  |  Bm  | Em  |  Em  |  A  |  G  |     D     | A  -  A7  |  D  |   

🗝️ D Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
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: Fairy Easy. There is possibly 1 barre chord of Bm depending on how you play it.
  • If you want to play the Bm in an open position - instead of a barre over the second fret with your first finger, place it on the first string on the second fret. You need to avoid strings 5 and 6, otherwise it will sound pretty ordinary as the notes E & A are not part of a Bm chord... xx4432
  • Song Key: D major - 2 sharps (F# C#)
  • 4/4 time: 4 quarter-note/crotchet beats per bar. You can count each bar as | 1 2 3 4 | or | 1& 2& 3& 4& | etc.
  • The tempo of the song falls into the allegro category of fast, quickly and brightly, so you will set your metronome to approximately 122 bpm.
  • | A - A7 | means you play the A chord for 2 counts and the A7 chord for 2 counts. The hyphen between the 2 chords splits the beat count evenly between the 2 chords in the bar.
  • The Orange and the Green is a lot of fun to play. Notice the guitarist uses mostly down beats for each beat count, due to the pace of the song. The 1st and 3rd beats of each bar are bass notes, while the 2nd and 4th beats are strums. It would look something like this, | Bass - Strum - Bass - Strum |. Every now and then he adds some strumming 'feels' to break it up a bit.
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