As I Roved Out – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to this version of As I Roved Out, made popular by Christy Moore, tell the story of a young woman who seduces a soldier, only to find that he abandons her the next morning.There are many versions of the song in Irish and British folk music.

As I Roved Out – Christy Moore
Videos
As I Roved Out – Andy Irvine
As I Roved Out – The Clancys

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The chords are presented here in the key of A Minor, the key most often used by Christy Moore when he performs the song. Loreena McKennitt sings the song in D Minor. Brian Roebuck plays in E Minor. Use our chord converter to play As I Roved Out in other popular keys such as D Minor and E Minor.

 
Am 
And who are you, me  
G 
pretty fair maid
 
And  
Am 
who are you, me  
G 
honey?
 
Am 
And who are you, me  
G 
pretty fair maid
 
And  
Am 
who are you, me  
G 
honey?
 
She  
Am 
answered me quite  
Em 
modestly:
 
“I  
G 
am me mammy’s darling.”

Chorus

With me [Am]too-ry-ay [G]Fol-de-diddle-day
Di-rah fol-de-diddle, dai-rie [Am]oh.

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And will you come to me mother’s house,
When the moon is shining clearly ( repeat )
I’ll open the door and I’ll let you in
And devil ‘o one would hear us.

Chorus

So I went to her house in the middle of the night
When the moon was shining clearly ( repeat )
She opened the door and she let me in
And devil the one did hear us.

Chorus

She took me horse by the bridle and the bit
And she led him to the stable ( repeat )
Saying “There’s plenty of oats for a soldier’s horse,
To eat it if he’s able.”

Chorus

Then she took me by the lily-white hand
And she led me to the table ( repeat )
Saying: “There’s plenty of wine for a soldier boy,
To drink it if you’re able.”

Chorus

Then I got up and made the bed
And I made it nice and easy ( repeat )
Then I got up and laid her down
Saying: “Lassie, are you able?”

Chorus

And there we lay till the break of day
And devil a one did hear us ( repeat )
Then I arose and put on me clothes
Saying: “Lassie, I must leave you.”

Chorus

And when will you return again
And when will we get married ( repeat )
When broken shells make Christmas bells
We might well get married.

Chorus

As I Roved Out – Christy Moore
Videos
Lyrics and chords
As I Roved Out – Andy Irvine
As I Roved Out – The Clancys

As I Roved Out Christy Moore lyrics and chords print version

[Am]And who are you, me [G]pretty fair maid
And [Am]who are you, me [G]honey?
[Am]And who are you, me [G]pretty fair maid
And [Am]who are you, me [G]honey?
She [Am]answered me quite [Em]modestly:
“I [G]am me mammy’s darling.”

Chorus

With me [Am]too-ry-ay [G]Fol-de-diddle-day
Di-rah fol-de-diddle, dai-rie [Am]oh.

And will you come to me mother’s house,
When the moon is shining clearly ( repeat )
I’ll open the door and I’ll let you in
And devil ‘o one would hear us.

Chorus

So I went to her house in the middle of the night
When the moon was shining clearly ( repeat )
She opened the door and she let me in
And devil the one did hear us.

Chorus

She took me horse by the bridle and the bit
And she led him to the stable ( repeat )
Saying “There’s plenty of oats for a soldier’s horse,
To eat it if he’s able.”

Chorus

Then she took me by the lily-white hand
And she led me to the table ( repeat )
Saying: “There’s plenty of wine for a soldier boy,
To drink it if you’re able.”

Chorus

Then I got up and made the bed
And I made it nice and easy ( repeat )
Then I got up and laid her down
Saying: “Lassie, are you able?”

Chorus

And there we lay till the break of day
And devil a one did hear us ( repeat )
Then I arose and put on me clothes
Saying: “Lassie, I must leave you.”

Chorus

And when will you return again
And when will we get married ( repeat )
When broken shells make Christmas bells
We might well get married.

Chorus

As I Roved Out – Christy Moore
Videos
Lyrics and chords
As I Roved Out – Andy Irvine
As I Roved Out – The Clancys

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