Finnegan’s Wake – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to Finnegan’s Wake are brilliant in the way they convey so much so quickly. There’s a very strong story of death and resurrection, lots of humour and zest for life, fun and fighting, and then an unexpected twist at the end. The twist is not just that Finnegan comes back from the dead. It’s also the fact that although it’s the whiskey that revives him, he’s appalled that it should be thrown around and wasted in such a cavalier fashion. The lyrics convey all this in just five riotous verses.

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C 
Tim Finnegan lived in  
Am 
Walken 
 
Street
 
A  
F 
gentleman Irish,  
G7 
mighty 
 
odd
 
He  
C 
had a brogue both  
Am 
rich and sweet
 
And to  
F 
rise in the world he  
G7 
carried 
 
 
C 
 
hod
 
You see he’d a sort of a  
Am 
tipplin’ 
 
way
 
With a  
C 
love for the liquor  
Am 
he was born
 
And to  
C 
send him on his  
Am 
way each day,
 
He’d a  
F 
drop of the craythur every  
C 
morn’.
Chorus
 
C 
Whack fol’ the dah will ya  
Am 
dance to your partner
 
F 
Round the floor your  
G 
trotters 
 
shake
 
C 
Isn’t it the  
Am 
truth I told ya?
 
F 
Lots of fun at  
G7 
Finnegan’s 
 
 
C 
wake

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One morning Tim was rather full,
His head felt heavy which made him shake.
He fell off the ladder and he broke his skull
And they carried him home, his corpse to wake.
Rolled him up in a nice, clean sheet
Laid him out upon the bed.
With a bottle of whiskey at his feet
And a barrel of porter at his head.

Chorus

Well his friends assembled at the wake
And Mrs. Finnegan called for brunch.
Well, first she brought them tea and cake,
Then pipes, tobacco, and whiskey punch.
Then the Widow Malone began to cry,
“Such a nice clean corpse did you ever see?”
” Tim, auvreen! Why did you die?”
“Will you hold yer gob?” says Molly McGee’.

Chorus

Well, Mary Murphy took up the job
“Oh Biddy,” says she, “you’re wrong, I’m sure.”
Well Biddy fetched her a belt in the gob
And left her sprawling on the floor
Then the war did then engage
‘Twas woman to woman and man to man
Shillelagh law was all the rage
And a row and a ruction soon began.

Chorus

Well Mickey Maloney ducked his head
When a bottle of whiskey flew at him
It missed, and landing on the bed
The whiskey scattered over Tim
Bedad revives, see how he rises!
Timothy risin’ from the bed!
Sayin’ “Throwin’ your whiskey around like blazes,”
“Thundering jaysus do ye think I’m dead?”

Chorus

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[C]Tim Finnegan lived in [Am]Walken Street
A [F]gentleman Irish, [G7]mighty odd
He [C]had a brogue both [Am]rich and sweet
And to [F]rise in the world he [G7]carried [C]a hod
You see he’d a sort of a [Am]tipplin’ way
With a [C]love for the liquor [Am]he was born
And to [C]send him on his [Am]way each day,
He’d a [F]drop of the craythur every [C]morn’.

Chorus

[C]Whack fol’ the dah will ya [Am]dance to your partner
[F]Round the floor your [G]trotters shake
[C]Isn’t it the [Am]truth I told ya?
[F]Lots of fun at [G7]Finnegan’s [C]wake

One morning Tim was rather full,
His head felt heavy which made him shake.
He fell off the ladder and he broke his skull
And they carried him home, his corpse to wake.
Rolled him up in a nice, clean sheet
Laid him out upon the bed.
With a bottle of whiskey at his feet
And a barrel of porter at his head.

Chorus

Well his friends assembled at the wake
And Mrs. Finnegan called for brunch.
Well, first she brought them tea and cake,
Then pipes, tobacco, and whiskey punch.
Then the Widow Malone began to cry,
“Such a nice clean corpse did you ever see?”
” Tim, auvreen! Why did you die?”
“Will you hold yer gob?” says Molly McGee’.

Chorus

Well, Mary Murphy took up the job
“Oh Biddy,” says she, “you’re wrong, I’m sure.”
Well Biddy fetched her a belt in the gob
And left her sprawling on the floor
Then the war did then engage
‘Twas woman to woman and man to man
Shillelagh law was all the rage
And a row and a ruction soon began.

Chorus

Well Mickey Maloney ducked his head
When a bottle of whiskey flew at him
It missed, and landing on the bed
The whiskey scattered over Tim
Bedad revives, see how he rises!
Timothy risin’ from the bed!
Sayin’ “Throwin’ your whiskey around like blazes,”
“Thundering jaysus do ye think I’m dead?”

Chorus

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