The Parting Glass chords

by Liam Clancy

  • The Parting Glass is a traditional Scottish song often sung at the end of friendly gatherings. The earliest known version was as a broadside in the 1770's. It was re-introduced into the mid twentieth century in recordings and performances by the popular Irish Folk Band - The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem.
  • Our featured artist is Liam Clancy with a cover of the song from the album Favourites 1 & 2.
  • Music: Key of D Major in 4/4 time in free time (performers discretion)
  • Chords: D, F#m, G, A, Bm

The Parting Glass by Liam Clancy

Intro: 4/4 🎝 | D / A / | Bm / F#m / | G / A / | Bm G Bm / |
      Bm      G            D       A
1. Oh all the mo-ney that e'er I spent
       D              F#m    A
   I spent it in good com-pa-ny
       Bm       G         D         A
   And all the harm that e'er I've done
      D      F#m     Bm
   A-las, it was to none but me

        D   G    D            G  D
2. And all I've done for want of wit
       G        A     D        A
   To mem-o-ry now I can't re-call
       Bm     A       G         A
   So fill to me the part-ing glass
         Bm       F#m    Bm    G  Bm
   Good night and joy be with you all

Instr: | D / A / | Bm / F#m | G / A / | Bm G Bm / |
      Bm       G              D      A
3. Oh all the com-rades that e'er I had
             D            F#m       A
   They are sor-ry for my go-ing a-way
       Bm       G                 D      A
   And all the sweet-hearts that e'er I had
               D      F#m      Bm
   They would wish me one more day to stay

         D   G    D         G   D
4. But since it falls un-to my lot
        G         A        D          A
   That I should rise and you should not
        Bm       A             G       A
   I'll gen-tly rise and I'll soft-ly call
         Bm       F#m     Bm   G   Bm
   Good night and joy be with you (all)...


🗝️ 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: Easy
  • Song Key: D major - 1 sharp (F#)
  • 4/4 Time
  • Liam sings this song in free time which often referred to as ad-lib (ad libitum) - latin for 'at liberty' whereby the speed and style of play is left up to the discretion of the performer
  • Wherever you see a bar with a forward slash e.g., | D / A / | you play D for 2 beats and A for 2 beats. The slash implies you repeat the chord in front of it.
  • The same applies to | Bm G Bm / | with a slightly different take. Bm for 1 beat, G for 1 beat, Bm for 2 beats.
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