The Galway Shawl – lyrics and chords

The chords to The Galway Shawl are presented here in the key of G Major. The chorus has the same tune as the verses and uses the same chords. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics present an idealised picture of Irish women in the 19th and early 20th century.

 
G 
In Oranmore in the County  
Bm 
Galway,
 
On pleasant  
Em 
evening in the  
Am 
month of  
C 
May,
 
I  
G 
spied a damsel she was young and  
Bm 
handsome,
 
Her beauty  
Em 
fairly 
 
 
C 
took my  
D7 
breath 
 
a
G 
way.

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Chorus

She wore no jewels, no costly diamonds,
No paint no powder, no none at all,
She wore a bonnet with a ribbon on it,
And around her shoulder was the Galway shawl.

Chorus

As we kept on walking, she kept on talking,
Till her father’s cottage came into view,
She said come in sir, and meet my father,
And for to please him, play The Foggy Dew.

Chorus

I played The Blackbird and The Stack Of Barley,
Rodney’s Glory, and The Foggy Dew.
She sang each note like an Irish linnet,
And the tears they flowed in her eyes of blue.

Chorus

‘Twas early, early, all in the morning,
I hit the road for old Donegal,
She said goodbye sir, and her eyes seemed brighter,
And my heart remained with the Galway shawl.

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[G]In Oranmore in the County [Bm]Galway,
On pleasant [Em]evening in the [Am]month of [C]May,
I [G]spied a damsel she was young and [Bm]handsome,
Her beauty [Em]fairly [C]took my [D7]breath a[G]way.

Chorus

She wore no jewels, no costly diamonds,
No paint no powder, no none at all,
She wore a bonnet with a ribbon on it,
And around her shoulder was the Galway shawl.

Chorus

As we kept on walking, she kept on talking,
Till her father’s cottage came into view,
She said come in sir, and meet my father,
And for to please him, play The Foggy Dew.

Chorus

I played The Blackbird and The Stack Of Barley,
Rodney’s Glory, and The Foggy Dew.
She sang each note like an Irish linnet,
And the tears they flowed in her eyes of blue.

Chorus

‘Twas early, early, all in the morning,
I hit the road for old Donegal,
She said goodbye sir, and her eyes seemed brighter,
And my heart remained with the Galway shawl.

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