Fields of Athenry lyrics and chords

The chords to Fields of Athenry are given here in the key of D Major.

Fields of Athenry
Fields of Athenry as a sports anthem
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Paddy Reilly sings the song in E Major. Guitarists can put on a capo on the second fret and use these chord shapes to change the key to E Major.

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By  
D 
a lonely prison wall, I  
G 
heard a young girl  
D 
call
A 
ing,
D 
Michael they have  
G 
taken you a
A 
way,
 
For you  
D 
stole Trevelyan’s  
G 
corn, so the  
D 
young might see the  
A 
morn,
 
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the  
D 
bay.
 
D 
Low 
 
 
G 
lie the  
D 
fields of Athen
Bm 
ry, where  
D 
once we watched the small free birds  
A 
fly,
 
Our  
D 
love was on the  
G 
wing, we had  
D 
dreams and songs to  
A 
sing,
 
It’s so lonely ‘round the fields of Athen
D 
ry.

By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young man calling,
Nothing matters Mary when you’re free,
Against the Famine and the Crown, I rebelled they ran me down,
Now you must raise our child with dignity.

By a lonely harbour wall, she watched the last star falling,
As the prison ship sailed out against the sky,
For she’ll wait and hope and pray, for her love in Botany Bay,
It’s so lonely round the fields of Athenry.

The lyrics to The Fields of Athenry tell the story of a young man who is transported to Botany Bay for stealing corn to feed his family during the Irish Famine of the 1840s.

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Fields of Athenry Videos
Lyrics and Chords

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Fields of Athenry lyrics and chords print version

By [D]a lonely prison wall, I [G]heard a young girl [D]call[A]ing,
[D]Michael they have [G]taken you a[A]way,
For you [D]stole Trevelyan’s [G]corn, so the [D]young might see the [A]morn,
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the [D]bay.

[D]Low [G]lie the [D]fields of Athen[Bm]ry, where [D]once we watched the small free birds [A]fly,
Our [D]love was on the [G]wing, we had [D]dreams and songs to [A]sing,
It’s so lonely ‘round the fields of Athen[D]ry.

By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young man calling,
Nothing matters Mary when you’re free,
Against the Famine and the Crown, I rebelled they ran me down,
Now you must raise our child with dignity.

By a lonely harbour wall, she watched the last star falling,
As the prison ship sailed out against the sky,
For she’ll wait and hope and pray, for her love in Botany Bay,
It’s so lonely round the fields of Athenry.

Final-versionFields of Athenry
Fields of Athenry as a sports anthem
Famine background to the song
Fields of Athenry Videos
Lyrics and Chords

Other Famine songs

Fields of Athenry
The Praties They Grow Small
Skibbereen
Van Diemen’s Land

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