The Old Man chords

by Finbar Furey

  • The Old Man was written in 1981 by Phil Coulter - an Irish musician, songwriter and record producer from Derry, Northern Ireland.
  • The song can be found on the album Once When I Was released by Finbar Furey on May 15, 2011.
  • Music: Key of Bb Major in 4/4 time at ~ 88 bpm
  • Chords: Bb, C, Cm, Eb, F, F7, G, Gm
  • Easier: Capo on 3 and play in G Major
  • Chords with Capo: G, A, Am, C, D, D7, E, Em

The Old Man by Finbar Furey

Capo on 3 if playing with video

Intro: 4/4  |  G  |  C  |  G  |  C  |
     
         G                  C        
1. The tears have all been shed now
          D                  G  
   We've said our last good-byes
        E                               Am
   His soul's been bles-sed__ And he's laid to rest
         A            D             
   It's now I feel a-lone

           G               C   
2. He was more than just a fa-ther
      D                 G  
   A tea-cher my best friend
            E                      Am
   He can still be heard__ In the tunes we shared
           A               D   |  D7 |    
   When I play them on my own

         G                C  
3. As a boy he'd take me walk-ing
        D                   G  
   By moun-tain field and stream
         E                    Am
   He'd show me things__ Not known to kings
         A                        D   
   Still se-cret be-tween him and me

            G               C  
4. Like the co-lors of the phea-sant
         D              G  
   As he ri-ses in the dawn
        E               Am
   And how to fish and make a wish
       A              D   |  D7 |   
   Be-side a Hol-ly Tree

             C                G
Chorus: No I ne-ver will for-get him
            C              G
        He made me "what I am"
                C              
        And he may be gone
                    G      Em      |  %  |
        Me-mo-ries lin-ger on... and on
               Am       D7         G
        And I miss him... the old man   

Instr: |  G  |  C  |  G  |  D  |  G  |  C  |  G  |  D  |
        (man)

        G                  C  
5. I thought he'd live for-e-ver
        D                  G 
   He seemed so big and strong
       E                       Am
   The mi-nutes fly__ And the years roll by
         A              D   
   For a fa-ther and a son

        G                  C  
6. And sud-den-ly when it hap-pened
             D                 G 
   There was so much left un-said
      E                    Am
   No se-cond chance__ To tell him thanks
       A                  D   |  D7 | 
   For ev'-ry-thing he's done


             C                G
Chorus: No I ne-ver will for-get him
            C              G
        He made me "what I am"
                C              
        And he may be gone
        G                  Em     |  %  |
        Me-mo-ries lin-ger on... and on
               Am       D7         G
        And I miss him... the old man     

        |  G  |  C  |  G  |  D  |
         (man) 

      G               C                  G  |  D  |
        Fa-ther... I sing this song for you
      G               C                  G  |  D  |
        Fa-ther... I sing this song for you
      G               C                  G  |  D  |
        Fa-ther... I sing this song for you
      G               C                  G  |  D  |
        Fa-ther... I sing this song for you...

🗝️ G 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

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