Spanish Lady chords

by Celtic Woman
  • Spanish Lady is a traditional Irish Folk song - authors unknown.
  • This version by Celtic Woman is featured on the album, The Greatest Journey: Essential Collection
  • Music: Key of Ab Major → (key change) → Bb major in 4/4 time at 116 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: Ab, Bbm, B, Fm, Db, Eb, Bb, Gm, F, F7
  • Easier in G Major → (key change) → A Major
  • Chords in G & A major: G, Am, Bb, Em, C, D, A, F#m, E, E7
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
C Major G Major D Major Am Am Em A Major E Major E7 Bb Major F#m
C Major G Major D Major Am Am Em A Major E Major E7 Bb Major F#m

Spanish Lady

Capo on 1st fret if playing with the video

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
  
          G     Am     Bb     Am     G     Am     Bb     Am    
Intro: ‖     |      |      |      |     |      |      |      ‖

      G                   Em               C              D
1. As I came down through Dub-lin Cit-y    At the hour of twelve at night
   G                        Em               C                    D
   Who should I see but the Span-ish lady    Wash-ing her feet by candle-light
   G                      Em                     G               D
   First she washed them, then she dried them    Ov-er a fire of amb-er coal
      G             Em                  C               D       
   In all my life I ne'er did  see    A maid so sweet a-bout the soul

        G                    Em               C                    D
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
        G                    Em               C                    D
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay...

      G                   Em               C              D
2. As I came back through Dub-lin Ci-ty    At the hour of half past eight
   G                        Em              C                         D
   Who should I spy but the Spa-nish lady   Brush-ing her hair in the broad daylight
   G                   Em                     G                D
   First she tossed it then she brushed it    On her lap was a sil-ver comb
      G             Em                 C                  D
   In all my life I ne'er did see    A maid so fair since I did roam

        G                    Em               C                    D
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
        G                    Em               C                    D
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay...

    
      G                   Em               C             D
3. As I went back through Dub-lin Ci-ty    As the sun be-gan to set
   G                        Em                C                     D
   Who should I spy but the Span-ish la-dy    Catch-ing a moth in a gold-en net
   G               Em                  G                        D
   When she saw me then she fled me    Lift-ing her pet-ti-coat ov-er her knee
      G             Em                 C                  D
   In all my life I ne'er did see    A maid so shy as the Span-ish la-dy


        G                    Em               C                    D
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
        G                    Em               C                    D
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay

        G                    Em               C                    D
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
        G                    Em               C                    D
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay 
        
(...key change)

        A                    F#m              D                    E
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
        A                    F#m              D                    E
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay

        A                    F#m              D                    E
Chorus: Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy    Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lay
        A                    F#m           
        Whack for the Too-ra Loo-ra lad-dy
        D                            E           E      E7           A    
        Whack  for  the  Too-ra |24 Loo-ra |44 lay |      |  𝄎  |     |

Notes:

  • Level Of Ease: Easy - does require a few barre chords, Bb and F#m.
  • Song Key: Ab Major - 4 flats (Bb, Eb, Ab, D,) with a key change to Bb Major - 2 flats (Bb, Eb)
  • 4/4 time = 4 beats per bar with the value of each beat equal to a quarter-note or crotchet.
  • We have charted the song in the key of G Major which is a lot easier to play. The key change from G Major to A Major occurs just before the last 2 choruses of the song. The ending is also a little different, but stick with it... don't forget to use a capo on the first fret if you are playing along with the video.
  • Notice the time signature changes to 2/4 near the end of the last chorus. This simply means you have a 2 beat count for 1 bar (2/4) before going back to a normal 4 beat count per bar (4/4) till the end.
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