Brennan on the Moor – lyrics and chords

The chords to Brennan on the Moor presented here in the key of C major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics are about a highwayman named Willie Brennan who ended up facing the death penalty for his crimes.

 
C 
It’s of a brave young highwayman, a  
G7 
story I will  
C 
tell
 
His name was Willie Brennan and in  
F 
Ireland he did  
C 
dwell
 
And on the Kilworth mountains he com
F 
menced his wild  
C 
career
 
Where  
Am 
many a wealthy gentleman be
G7 
fore him shook with fear.
Chorus
 
And it’s  
C 
Brennan on the moor
 
Brennan on the  
C7 
moor
 
A  
F 
bold undaunted  
C 
highwayman
 
Stood  
G7 
Brennan on the  
C 
moor.

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A brace of loaded pistols he carried night and day
He never robbed a poor man upon the broad highway
But what he’d taken from the rich, like Turpin and Black Bess
He always did divide it with the widow in distress.

Chorus

One day upon the highway, as Willie he went down
He met the Mayor of Cashel a mile outside the town
The Mayor he knew those features: “I think young man,” said he
“Your name is William Brennan. You must come along with me.”

Chorus

As Brennan’s wife had gone to town, provisions for to buy
And when she saw her Willie, she began to weep and cry
He said: “Give me that tenpenny!” As soon as Willie spoke
She handed him a blunderbuss from underneath her cloak.

Chorus

Then with his loaded blunderbuss, the truth I will unfold
He made the Mayor to tremble, and robbed him of his gold
One hundred pounds was offered for his apprehension there
So he with horse and saddle to the mountains did repair.

Chorus

Then Brennan being an outlaw upon the mountains high
With cavalry and infantry to take him they did try
He laughed at them in scorn until at length ’tis said
By a false-hearted young man he basely was betrayed.

Chorus

So they were taken prisoners, in irons they were bound
And both conveyed to Clonmel Jail, strong walls did them surround
They were tried and there found guilty, the Judge made this reply
“For robbing on the broad highway, you’re both condemned to die.”

Chorus

“Farewell unto my dear wife and to my children three
Likewise my aged father, he may shed tears for me
And to my loving mother, who tore her locks and cried
Saying ‘I wish, my Willie Brennan, in your cradle you had died.”

Chorus

They hung Brennan at the crossroad, in chains he swung and died
But still they say that winter nights bold Brennan he doth ride
They say that with his blunderbuss all in the midnight chill
Across the Kilworth Mountains rides bold Willie Brennan still.

Chorus

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[C]It’s of a brave young highwayman, a [G7]story I will [C]tell
His name was Willie Brennan and in [F]Ireland he did [C]dwell
And on the Kilworth mountains he com[F]menced his wild [C]career
Where [Am]many a wealthy gentleman be[G7]fore him shook with fear.

Chorus

And it’s [C]Brennan on the moor
Brennan on the [C7]moor
A [F]bold undaunted [C]highwayman
Stood [G7]Brennan on the [C]moor.

A brace of loaded pistols he carried night and day
He never robbed a poor man upon the broad highway
But what he’d taken from the rich, like Turpin and Black Bess
He always did divide it with the widow in distress.

Chorus

One day upon the highway, as Willie he went down
He met the Mayor of Cashel a mile outside the town
The Mayor he knew those features: “I think young man,” said he
“Your name is William Brennan. You must come along with me.”

Chorus

As Brennan’s wife had gone to town, provisions for to buy
And when she saw her Willie, she began to weep and cry
He said: “Give me that tenpenny!” As soon as Willie spoke
She handed him a blunderbuss from underneath her cloak.

Chorus

Then with his loaded blunderbuss, the truth I will unfold
He made the Mayor to tremble, and robbed him of his gold
One hundred pounds was offered for his apprehension there
So he with horse and saddle to the mountains did repair.

Chorus

Then Brennan being an outlaw upon the mountains high
With cavalry and infantry to take him they did try
He laughed at them in scorn until at length ’tis said
By a false-hearted young man he basely was betrayed.

Chorus

So they were taken prisoners, in irons they were bound
And both conveyed to Clonmel Jail, strong walls did them surround
They were tried and there found guilty, the Judge made this reply
“For robbing on the broad highway, you’re both condemned to die.”

Chorus

“Farewell unto my dear wife and to my children three
Likewise my aged father, he may shed tears for me
And to my loving mother, who tore her locks and cried
Saying ‘I wish, my Willie Brennan, in your cradle you had died.”

Chorus

They hung Brennan at the crossroad, in chains he swung and died
But still they say that winter nights bold Brennan he doth ride
They say that with his blunderbuss all in the midnight chill
Across the Kilworth Mountains rides bold Willie Brennan still.

Chorus

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