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THE MINSTREL BOY TO THE WAR HAS GONE  Traditional

The [D]minstrel boy to the war [A]has [D]gone.
In the [G]ranks [D]of death you will [A]find [D]him.
His father's sword he has gir[A]ded [D]on
And his [G]wild [D]harp slung be[A]hind [D]him.

[Bm]"Land [A]of [G]song," [A]said the [G]war[A]rior [D]bard,
"Though [G]all the world be[A]tray [D]thee,
One sword at least thy roads [A]shall [D]guard,
One [G]faithDful heart shall [A]praise [D]thee."

The minstrel fell, but the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under.
The harp he loved never spoke again,
For he tore its cords asunder,

And said, "No chain shall sully thee
Thou soul of love and bravery.
My songs remain for the pure and free.
They shall never sound in slavery."

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GenieSinger (report)

Thanks for posting the chords.

The lyrics to "The Minstrel Boy" are not "traditional." They were written by the Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852). The tune, "The Moreen," is a very old Irish air, of unknown authorship.

One correction to the posted lyrics:

In the last verse, it's "Thy songs" (i.e., the harp's songs) that "were made for the pure and free" and "shall never sound in slavery," not "My songs."


Mattman4698 (report)

I think there is a chord missing in the progression. I need to actually take out my guitar and try it out. But for instance for the first line I feel like there should be another chord in around the "to the war has gone" part.

I've never acutally played the sone so I could be wrong. But it seems like there should be a chord change on each word "war has gone."

But I could be wrong.