The Croppy Boy – alternative lyrics

The chords to The Croppy Boy are presented in the key of G. The lyrics were written by William B. McBurney and tell the tragic story of a young man who was on his way to battle during the 1798 uprising. There is a better known version of The Croppy Boy made famous by the Dubliners and the Clancy Brothers.

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G 
Good men and true in this  
C 
house who  
Am 
dwell
 
To a stranger  
D 
buachaill I dearly  
G 
pray you tell
 
Is the priest at  
G7 
home or may  
C 
he be  
Em 
seen
 
I  
Am 
want to  
C 
speak a  
D 
word with  
G 
Father 
 
Green

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The youth has entered an empty hall
With lonely sounds does his light foot fall
And the gloomy chamber is cold and bare
With a vested priest in a lonely chair

The youth has knelt to tell his sins
“Nomine Dei” the youth begins
At “mea culpa” he beats his breast
In broken murmurs he speaks the rest

“At the siege of Ross did my father fall
And at Gorey my loving brothers all
I alone am left of my name and race
I will go to Wexford to take their place.”

“I cursed three times since last Easter Day
At mass time once I went to play
I passed the churchyard on day in haste
And forgot to pray for my mother’s rest.”

“I bear no hate against living things
But I love my country above my king
Now bless me father and let me go
To die if God ordained it so.”

The priest said naught, but a rustling noise
Made the youth look up in a wild surprise
The robes were off and in scarlet there
Sat a Yeoman captain with a fiery glare

With fiery glare and with fury hoarse
Instead of a blessing he breathed a curse
“’Twas a good thought boy, to come here and shrive
For one short hour is your time to live.”

“Upon yon river three tenders float
The priest is in one if not shot
We hold this house for our lord and king
And amen say I, may all traitors swing.”

At Geneva Barracks that young man died
And at Passage they have his body laid
Good people who live in peace and joy
Now breath a prayer for the croppy boy

Better known version

The Croppy Boy – alternative lyrics and chords print version

[G]Good men and true in this [C]house who [Am]dwell
To a stranger [D]buachaill I dearly [G]pray you tell
Is the priest at [G7]home or may [C]he be [Em]seen
I [Am]want to [C]speak a [D]word with [G]Father Green

The youth has entered an empty hall
With lonely sounds does his light foot fall
And the gloomy chamber is cold and bare
With a vested priest in a lonely chair

The youth has knelt to tell his sins
“Nomine Dei” the youth begins
At “mea culpa” he beats his breast
In broken murmurs he speaks the rest

“At the siege of Ross did my father fall
And at Gorey my loving brothers all
I alone am left of my name and race
I will go to Wexford to take their place.”

“I cursed three times since last Easter Day
At mass time once I went to play
I passed the churchyard on day in haste
And forgot to pray for my mother’s rest.”

“I bear no hate against living things
But I love my country above my king
Now bless me father and let me go
To die if God ordained it so.”

The priest said naught, but a rustling noise
Made the youth look up in a wild surprise
The robes were off and in scarlet there
Sat a Yeoman captain with a fiery glare

With fiery glare and with fury hoarse
Instead of a blessing he breathed a curse
“’Twas a good thought boy, to come here and shrive
For one short hour is your time to live.”

“Upon yon river three tenders float
The priest is in one if not shot
We hold this house for our lord and king
And amen say I, may all traitors swing.”

At Geneva Barracks that young man died
And at Passage they have his body laid
Good people who live in peace and joy
Now breath a prayer for the croppy boy

Better known version

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