The Bells of Shandon – lyrics and chords

The chords to The Bells of Shandon are presented here in the key of D major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics are about a man thinking fondly back to his childhood and particularly remembering the sound of hearing the church bells ringing.

 
D 
With deep affection , and  
G 
recol
D 
lection
 
I often think of those  
A 
Shandon 
 
 
D 
bells
 
Whose sound so wild would, in  
G 
days of  
D 
childhood
 
Fling round my cradle, their  
A 
magic 
 
 
D 
spells.
 
On this I  
Bm 
pon
G 
der, where e’er I  
F#m 
wander
 
And thus grows  
Bm 
fonder, Sweet  
Em 
Cork of  
Bm 
thee
G 
 
With thy bells of  
D 
Shandon
 
That  
G 
sound so  
D 
grand 
 
or
 
The pleasant waters of the  
A 
river 
 
 
D 
Lee.

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I’ve heard bells chiming, full many a clime in
Tolling sublime in cathedral shrine
While at a glib rate, brass tongues would vibrate
But all their music spoke nought like thine.
For memory dwelling on each proud swelling
Of the belfry knelling its bold notes free
Made the bells of Shandon
Sound far more grand on
The pleasant waters of the River Lee.

I’ve heard bells tolling: ‘Old Adrian Mole’ in
Their thunder rolling from the Vatican
With cymbals glorious, swinging uproarious
In the gorgeous turrets of Notre Dame.
But thy sounds were sweeter than the Dome of Peter
Flings o’er the Tiber, pealing so solemnly
Oh! The bells of Shandon
Sound far more grand on
The pleasant waters of the River Lee.

There’s a bell in Moscow, while on tower and Kiosk, Oh!
In St Sophia the Turkman gets
And loud in the air calls men to prayer
From tapering summit of all minarets.
Such empty phantom I freely grant ’em
But there’s an anthem more dear to me
‘Tis the bells of Shandon
That sound more grand on
The pleasant waters of the River Lee.

The Bells of Shandon lyrics and chords print version

[D]With deep affection , and [G]recol[D]lection
I often think of those [A]Shandon [D]bells
Whose sound so wild would, in [G]days of [D]childhood
Fling round my cradle, their [A]magic [D]spells.
On this I [Bm]pon[G]der, where e’er I [F#m]wander
And thus grows [Bm]fonder, Sweet [Em]Cork of [Bm]thee[G]
With thy bells of [D]Shandon
That [G]sound so [D]grand or
The pleasant waters of the [A]River [D]Lee.

I’ve heard bells chiming, full many a clime in
Tolling sublime in cathedral shrine
While at a glib rate, brass tongues would vibrate
But all their music spoke nought like thine.
For memory dwelling on each proud swelling
Of the belfry knelling its bold notes free
Made the bells of Shandon
Sound far more grand on
The pleasant waters of the River Lee.

I’ve heard bells tolling: ‘Old Adrian Mole’ in
Their thunder rolling from the Vatican
With cymbals glorious, swinging uproarious
In the gorgeous turrets of Notre Dame.
But thy sounds were sweeter than the Dome of Peter
Flings o’er the Tiber, pealing so solemnly
Oh! The bells of Shandon
Sound far more grand on
The pleasant waters of the River Lee.

There’s a bell in Moscow, while on tower and Kiosk, Oh!
In St Sophia the Turkman gets
And loud in the air calls men to prayer
From tapering summit of all minarets.
Such empty phantom I freely grant ’em
But there’s an anthem more dear to me
‘Tis the bells of Shandon
That sound more grand on
The pleasant waters of the River Lee.

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