The Bonny Irish Maid – lyrics and chords

The chords to The Bonny Irish Maid are presented here in the key of G major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics are about a man promising his love that he will stay faithful to her, as he prepares to leave for America.

 
G 
As I roved out one  
C 
morning 
 
 
Am 
fair so  
D 
early as I  
G 
strayed
 
It being all in the month of  
C 
May the  
G 
birds sang  
D 
in the  
C 
shade.
 
The  
G 
sun shone down right merri
C 
ly and  
G 
billo
D 
wing with  
C 
pride
 
Where  
G 
primroses and  
C 
daisies 
 
 
Am 
grow down  
D 
by 
 
Blackwater
G 
side.

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I had not gone but half a mile when there by chance I spied
Two lovers talking as they walked down by Blackwaterside.
And as he held her in his arms these words to her did say
When I am in America I’ll be true to my Irish Maid.

‘Tis when you are in America those Yankee girls you’ll find
And you’ll have sweethearts all your own more pleasing to your mind.
Do not forget the promises and the vows to me you made
Oh stay at home love, and do not roam from your bonny Irish maid.

‘Tis when I’m in America, those Yankee girls I’ll see
And they must be very handsome to remind me love of thee
There’s not a bloom in yonder grove, nor a leaf in yonder glade
That can remind me love of thee, my bonny Irish maid.

‘Tis many the foolish youth, she says, has gone to a foreign shore
Leaving behind his own true love, perhaps to see no more.
‘Tis in crossing the Atlantic foam, sometimes their graves are made
Oh stay at home love and do not roam, from your bonny Irish maid.

These two young hearts together so fondly did embrace
Like dew upon the honey drops the tears ran down her face.
There’s not a day while you’re away, I’ll visit still these glades
Until you do return again to your bonny Irish maid.

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[G]As I roved out one [C]morning [Am]fair so [D]early as I [G]strayed
It being all in the month of [C]May the [G]birds sang [D]in the [C]shade.
The [G]sun shone down right merri[C]ly and [G]billo[D]wing with [C]pride
Where [G]primroses and [C]daisies [Am]grow down [D]by Blackwater[G]side.

I had not gone but half a mile when there by chance I spied
Two lovers talking as they walked down by Blackwaterside.
And as he held her in his arms these words to her did say
When I am in America I’ll be true to my Irish Maid.

‘Tis when you are in America those Yankee girls you’ll find
And you’ll have sweethearts all your own more pleasing to your mind.
Do not forget the promises and the vows to me you made
Oh stay at home love, and do not roam from your bonny Irish maid.

‘Tis when I’m in America, those Yankee girls I’ll see
And they must be very handsome to remind me love of thee
There’s not a bloom in yonder grove, nor a leaf in yonder glade
That can remind me love of thee, my bonny Irish maid.

‘Tis many the foolish youth, she says, has gone to a foreign shore
Leaving behind his own true love, perhaps to see no more.
‘Tis in crossing the Atlantic foam, sometimes their graves are made
Oh stay at home love and do not roam, from your bonny Irish maid.

These two young hearts together so fondly did embrace
Like dew upon the honey drops the tears ran down her face.
There’s not a day while you’re away, I’ll visit still these glades
Until you do return again to your bonny Irish maid.

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