The Town I Loved So Well chords

by The Dubliners ft. Luke Kelly
  • The Town I Loved So Well was written by Phil Coulter, Irish musician, songwriter and record producer.
  • This version of the song by The Dubliners is featured on their self-titled album.
  • Music: Key of G Major in 4/4 time at ~ 118 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: G, D, C, Am, Em
  • Capo: 3rd fret if playing with the video (Bb Major)
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
G Major C Major D Major Em Am
G Major C Major D Major Em Am

The Town I Loved So Well

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
                G     D     C     G     C     Am     G     D
Intro: 4/4 ♫ ‖     |     |     |     |     |      |     |     ‖

         G     D         C       G
1. In my mem-o-ry I will al-ways see
       C         G               D
   The town that I have loved so well
             G             D           C        G  
   Where our school played ball by the gas yard wall
          C                   G     D       G
   And we laughed through the smoke and the smell
          C           D              G           Em
** Go-ing home in the rain, run-ning up the dark lane
              C        Am               D
   Passed the jail and down be-hind the foun-tain
              G      D          C            G
   Those were hap-py days in so ma-ny, ma-ny ways
          C      G     D   G
   In the town I loved  so well

          G      D            C               G
2. In the ear-ly morn-ing the shirt fac-to-ry horn
          C           G                          D
   Called wo-men from Creg-gan, the Moor and the Bog
             G          D             C         G
   While the men on the dole played a moth-er's role,
           C             G    D           G
   Fed the child-ren and then trained the dogs
            C         D               G            Em
** And when times got tough there was just about e-nough
            C      Am                  D
   But they saw it through without com-plain-ing
       G       D          C        G
   For deep in-side was a burn-ing pride
          C      G     D   G
   In the town I loved  so well

             G      D            C      G
3. There was mu-sic there in the Der-ry air
          C              G                   D
   Like a lan-guage that we all could un-der-stand
        G           D          C               G
   I re-mem-ber the day that I earned my first pay
          C           G     D       G
   When I played in a small pick-up band
           C        D            G            Em
** There I spent my youth and to tell you the truth
         C      Am              D
   I was sad to leave it all be-hind me
         G              D            C       G
   For I learned a-bout life and I'd found a wife
          C      G     D   G
   In the town I loved  so well

          G     D     C     G     C     G           D
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          G     D     C     G     C    G   D    G
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            G    D             C         G
4. But when I re-turned how my eyes have burned
      C         G                            D
   To see how a town could be brought to its knees
          G         D            C          G
   By the ar-moured cars and the bombed out bars
           C              G     D      G
   And the gas that hangs on to ev'-ry tree
           C          D               G            Em
** Now the ar-my's in-stalled by that old gas yard wall
           C             Am                    D
   And the damned barbed wire gets high-er and high-er
              G               D           C                   G
   With their tanks and their guns, oh my God, what have they done?
          C      G    D   G
   To the town I loved so well

           G        D             C      G
5. Now the mu-sic's gone but they car-ry on
             C              G                   D
   For their spi-rit's been bruised, ne-ver bro-ken
             G       D             C          G
   They will not for-get but their hearts are set
         C           G     D      G
   On to-mor-row and peace once a-gain
              C       D               G      Em
** For what's done is done and what's won is won
              C       Am                D
   And what's lost is lost and gone for-e-ver
         G     D          C                 G
   I can on-ly pray for a bright, brand new day
           C     G     D   G       C           G
   In the town I loved so  well |     |  𝄎  |  𝄑  |

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