The lyrics to Danny Boy were written by Fred Weatherly in 1910. Weatherly was an English lawyer who also carved a successful career for himself as a songwriter of some note.
The lyrics were first set to a completely different melody and the song proved unsuccessful. It was only when Weatherly set the Danny Boy lyrics to the Londonderry Air that the song really took off.
The chords to Danny Boy are presented in the key G major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.
[G7]Oh Danny [C]Boy, the pipes, the [C7]pipes are [F] calling
From glen to [C]glen, and [Em]down the [F]mountain [G7]side
[G7]The summer’s [C]gone, and all the [C7]flowers are [F]dying
‘Tis you, ’tis [C]you must [Dm]go and [G7]I must [C]bide.[G7]
But come ye [Am]back when [F]summer’s [G7]in the [C]meadow
Or when the [Am]valley’s [F]hushed and [Em]white with [D7]snow [G7]
‘Tis I’ll be [C]here in [F]sunshine or in [C Am]shadow
Oh Danny [C]Boy, oh Danny [F]Boy, I [G7]love you [C G7]so.
[G7]And if you [C]come, when all the [C7]flowers are [F]dying
And I am [C]dead, as [Em]dead I [F]well may [G7]be
[G7]You’ll come and [C]find the place where [C7]I am [F]lying
And kneel and [C]say an [Dm]”Ave” [G7]there for [C]me.[G7]
And I shall [Am]hear, though [F]soft you [G7]tread [C]above me
And all my [Am]dreams will [F]warm and [Em]sweeter [D7]be[G7]
If you’ll not [C]fail to [F]tell me that you [C]love [Am]me
I’ll sleep in [C]peace un[F]til you [G7]come to [C]me.[G7]