The lyrics to All For Me Grog tell the story of a sailor who has sold all of his possessions to buy grog, a term used by sailors to mean alcohol. It’s been a popular drinking song since at least the 19th century. There are many variations of the song with titles like Noggin Boots and Across the Western Plains.
The chords are presented here in the key of G Major, the key used by Patsy Watchorn and the Dubliners. Ciaran Bourke, who also recorded the song with the Dubliners, sang the song in F Major. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem also played in F Major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.
[G]Well it’s all for me grog, me [C]jolly jolly [G]grog
It’s all for me beer and to[D]bacco
For I [G]spent all me [G7]tin with the [C]lassies drinking [G]gin
Far across the western [D]ocean I must [D7]wan[G]der.
I’m sick in the head and I haven’t been to bed
Since first I came ashore with me plunder
I’ve seen centipedes and snakes and me head is full of aches
And I think I’ll take a path for way out yonder.
Where are me boots, me noggin’, noggin’ boots
They’re all sold for beer and tobacco
See the soles they were thin and the uppers were lettin’ in
And me feet were lookin’ out for better weather.
Where is me shirt, my noggin’, noggin’ shirt
It’s all gone for beer and tobacco
For the sleeves they are ripped, and the collar inside out,
And the tail is looking out for better weather.
Where is me bed, me noggin’, noggin’ bed
It’s all sold for beer and tobacco
You see the sheets they got all worn and the mattress got all torn
And the springs they’re lookin’ out for better weather.
Where is me wife, me noggin’, noggin’ wife
She’s all sold for beer and tobacco
You see her front it was worn out and her tail I kicked about
And I’m sure she’s lookin’ out for better weather.
And it’s all for me grog me jolly, jolly grog
All for my beer and tobacco
Well, I spent all me tin with the ladies drinkin’ gin
Far across the Western Ocean I must wander.