The Town I Loved So Well chords & lyrics

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 Bb Major in 4/4 time at ~ 118 (♩)
  • Easier: Play in G Major - capo on 3 if playing with the video.
  • Chords in G Major: G, D, C, Am, Em

The Town I Loved So Well by The Dubliners

Capo on 3rd fret if playing with video

Intro: 4/4 
   ♫|   G  |   D   |   C   |   G  |   C  |  Am  |  G  |  D  |  

          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

Instr: |  G  |  D  |  C   |  G   |  C   |   G   |  G   |  D   | 
       |  G  |  D  |  C   |  G   |  C   | G - D |  G   |  G   | 

            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  |  C  |  G   |
   In the town I loved so well               𝄑 
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🗝️ D Major

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