Down by the Salley Gardens – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to the Salley Gardens are among the simplest you will find in Irish music. They tell the story of a young man who falls in love with a girl but loses her because he tries to push the relationship on too quickly.

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The lyrics were originally written by W B Yeats as a poem. The music was added later. Salley means willow so the salley gardens are simply an area where willows were grown for use in making thatched roofs.

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C 
Down by the  
G7 
Salley 
 
 
F 
Gar
C 
dens,
 
My  
F 
love and  
G7 
I did  
C 
meet.
 
She crossed the  
G7 
Salley 
 
 
F 
Gar
C 
dens
 
With  
F 
little 
 
 
G7 
snow-white 
 
 
C 
feet.
 
She  
Am 
bid me  
F 
take love  
Em 
easy,
 
As the  
F 
leaves grow  
G7 
on the  
C 
tree,
 
But I was  
G7 
young and  
F 
fool
C 
ish,
 
And with  
F 
her did  
G7 
not 
 
a
C 
gree.

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In a field down by the river,
My love and I did stand
And on my leaning shoulder,
She laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy,
As the grass grows on the weirs
But I was young and foolish,
And now am full of tears.

Down by the Salley Gardens,
My love and I did meet.
She crossed the Salley Gardens
With little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy,
As the leaves grow on the tree,
But I was young and foolish,
And with her did not agree.

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[C]Down by the [G7]Salley [F]Gar[C]dens,
My [F]love and [g7]I did [C]meet.
She crossed the [G7]Salley [F]Gar[C]dens
With [F]little [G7]snow-white [C]feet.
She [Am]bid me [F]take love [Em]easy,
As the [F]leaves grow [G7]on the [C]tree,
But I was [G7]young and [F]fool[C]ish,
And with [F]her did [G7]not a[C]gree.

In a field down by the river,
My love and I did stand
And on my leaning shoulder,
She laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy,
As the grass grows on the weirs
But I was young and foolish,
And now am full of tears.

Down by the Salley Gardens,
My love and I did meet.
She crossed the Salley Gardens
With little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy,
As the leaves grow on the tree,
But I was young and foolish,
And with her did not agree.

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