The lyrics to this version of As I Roved Out tell the story of young girl who tries to sneak a man into her bedroom but is caught by her mother.
She ends up getting beaten by her mother and her young lover abandons her. The chords are presented here in the key of A Minor.
Tommy Makem and the Clancys play the song in the key of C Minor. Place a capo on the third fret and play to chord shapes shown here to play in C Minor.
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As I Roved Out – lyrics and chords
And her buckles shone like silver
She had a dark and a roving eye
And her ear-rings tipped her shoulder.
What age are you my honey?”
How modestly she answered me
“I’ll be seventeen on Sunday.”
I went to her house on the top of the hill
When the moon was shining clearly.
She arose to let me in
But her mammy chanced to hear her.
She caught her by the hair of the head
And down to the room she brought her,
And with the root of a hazel twig
She was the well-beat daughter.
“Will you marry me now my soldier lad
Will you marry me now or never?
Will you marry me now my soldier lad
For you see I’m done forever.”
“No I won’t marry you my bonny wee girl,
I won’t marry you my honey.
For I have got a wife at home
And how could I disown her?”
A pint at night is my delight
And a gallon in the morning.
The old women are my heart break
But the young ones is my darling.