The Foggy Dew chords

by The Wolfe Tones

  • Music to The Foggy Dew is traditional while the lyrics were written by Canon Charles O'Neill in 1919. It is an Irish Rebel Song depicting the events surrounding The Easter Rising of 1916.
  • This version by The Wolfe Tones is featured on the album 25th Anniversary.
  • Music: Key of D Minor in 4/4 time at 112 bpm (♩)
  • Song Chords: Dm, C, Gm, F

The Foggy Dew by The Wolfe Tones

Intro: 4/4 | crotchet rest crotchet rest crotchet rest ♪♪ |

   |      Dm      |       C       |   Dm   -  Gm  |      Dm      |

       Dm                C                    Dm  -  Gm       Dm
1. As down the glen one East-er morn____ To a ci-ty fair rode I
          Dm              C                    Dm    -    Gm      Dm
   Their armed lines of march-ing men___ In  squad-rons passed me by
        F              Gm   -   F           Dm    -    C      Dm
   No pipes did hum no bat-tle drum___ Did sound it's loud ta-too
           Dm                       C
   But the An-gel-us bell o'er the Lif-fey’s swell
        Dm    -    Gm     Dm
   Rang out in the Fog-gy Dew

           Dm                 C                     Dm      -     Gm     Dm
2. Right proud-ly high o-ver Dub-lin  Town___ They flung out the flag of war
        Dm                       C                      Dm   -    Gm     Dm
  'Twas bet-ter to die 'neath an I-rish sky____ Than at Suv-la or Sud-El-Bar
        F                 Gm   -    F             Dm   -    C           Dm
   And from the plains of Ro-yal  Meath___ Strong men came hur-ry-ing through
         Dm                             C
   While Bri-tan-nia's Huns with their long range guns
          Dm      -      Gm      Dm
   Sailed in through the Fog-gy  Dew

  |      Dm      |       C       |   Dm   -  Gm  |      Dm      |

        Dm                 C                          Dm   -    Gm       Dm
3.'Twas Eng-land bade our Wild Geese go___ That small nat-ions might be free
              Dm                    C
   But their lone-ly graves are by Suv-la's waves
            Dm     -     Gm         Dm
   On the fringe of the Great North Sea
       F                Gm   -    F           Dm    -     C      Dm
   Oh had they died by Pear-se's side___ Or fought with Cathal Brugha
          Dm                         C
   Their names we’ll keep where the Fen-ians sleep
                Dm    -     Gm     Dm
   'Neath the shroud of the Fog-gy Dew

          Dm                     C                      Dm   -   Gm      Dm
4. Oh the bra-vest fell and the req-ui-em bell___ Rang mourn-ful-ly and clear
        Dm                  C                       Dm   -    Gm      Dm
   For those who died that Eas-ter tide___ In the spring time of the year
               F                  Gm  -  F                Dm   -    C      Dm
   While the world did gaze with deep a-maze___ At those fear-less men but few
        Dm                      C
   Who bore the fight that the free-dom's light
          Dm      -        Gm     Dm   
   Might shine through the Fog-gy Dew 

  |      Dm      |       C       |   Dm   -  Gm  |      Dm      |

          Dm                C                 Dm    -    Gm        Dm
5. Back through the glen I rode a-gain___ My heart with grief was sore
          Dm                 C                    Dm    -     Gm      Dm
   For I part-ed with those val-i-ant men___ That I'll ne-ver see no more
       F                  Gm  -  F              Dm   -    C       Dm
   But to and fro in my dreams I go___ And I'd kneel and pray for you
        Dm               C                          Dm    -    Gm     Dm
   For slav-er-y fled O glor-ious dead___ When you fell in the Fog-gy Dew

🗝️ D Minor

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: Easy
  • Song Key: Dm (1 flat - B♭) - the relative minor of F Major. This means Dm and F Major share the same key signature.
  • Tips for Timing - ideal for playing melody lines and off-beat chord changes.

    If you have trouble with your timing, this may help. Take the smallest note in the bar, e.g., an eighth-note/quaver. Split the bar into eight sections which can be counted as | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | or | 1& 2& 3& 4& |. The second is preferred as it keeps into account the timing of 4 beats per bar.

    If the smallest note is a sixteenth-note/semi-quaver, you split the bar into 16 sections. This includes dotted quavers, which equate to 1 eighth-note + 1 sixteenth-note (1 quaver + 1 semi-quaver), which equals 3 sixteenth-notes (3 semi-quavers). It also includes any rests which may occur within each bar. Rather than count the bar as 1 - 16 as we did above with 1- 8, a better way to count each bar and keep the timing to lots of 4 is as follows:

    | 1 2 3 4 - 2 2 3 4 - 3 2 3 4 - 4 2 3 4 |


    | 1 & & & - 2 & & & - 3 & & & - 4 & & & |

    Remember, the count includes everything, i.e., notes, dotted notes, rests, dotted rests, etc. If it helps, write each note or rest into the bar count, so you can physically see how the bar pans out in terms of timing. Simply replace each number in the bar with a note or rest.

    Another suggestion, especially with 16 count bars, is to SLOW the tempo right down and count the beats while you play till it feels comfortable, then speed up slowly until you achieve the desired tempo.

  • Further help with reading song charts on this site.
The Wolfe Tones
  • Band Origin: Inchicore, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Members: Brian Warfield, Noel Nagle, and Tommy Byrne
  • Music Styles: Irish Folk Music, Irish Rebel Music, Pan Celticism (a variety of political and cultural movements and organisations that promote greater contact between Celtic Nations which include Ireland, Isle of Man, Brittany, Cornwall, Scotland and Wales.)
  • Active Years: 1963 - present
  • Noel Nagle: tin whistle, uillean pipes, vocals
  • Brian Warfield: vocalist, banjo, harp and bodhran
  • Tommy Byrne: guitarist, vocalist
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