Lanigan’s Ball – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to Lanigan’s Ball describe an eventful Irish party thrown by Lanigan after he inherits a farm from his father. The chords are presented here in the key of A minor. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.

 
Am 
In the town of Athy one Jeremy Lanigan
 
G 
Battered away till he hadn’t a pound
 
His  
Am 
father he died and made him a man again
 
Left him a  
Dm 
farm and ten  
Am 
acres of ground

He gave a grand party to friends and relations

 
Who  
G 
did not forget him when come to the wall
 
Am 
If you but listen, I’ll make your eyes glisten
 
At the rows and  
Dm 
ructions of  
Am 
Lanigan’s 
 
Ball.
Chorus
 
Six long months I  
G 
spent in Dublin
 
Am 
Six long months doing  
Em 
nothing at all
 
Am 
Six long months I  
G 
spent in Dublin
 
Am 
Learning to  
Em 
dance for  
Am 
Lanigan’s 
 
Ball.

I stepped out, I stepped in again

 
G 
I stepped out again, I stepped in again
 
Am 
I stpped out and I stepped in again
 
Learning to  
Dm 
dance for  
Am 
Lanigan’s 
 
Ball.

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Myself to be sure got free invitations
For all the nice girls and boys I might ask
And just in a minute both friends and relations
Were dancing as merry as bees round a cask.
There was lashings of punch and wine for the ladies
Potatoes and cakes, there was bacon and tea
There were the Nolans, Dolans, O’Grady’s
Courting the girls and dancing away.

They were doing all kinds on nonsensical polkas
All round the room in a whirligig
But Julia and I soon banished their nonsense
And tipped them a twist of a real Irish jig.
Oh, how that girl got mad on me
And danced till you’d think the ceilings would fall
For I spent three weeks at Brook’s Academy
Learning to dance for Lanigan’s Ball.

Chorus

The boys were as merry, the girls all hearty
Dancing away in couples and groups
Till an accident happened: young Terence McCarthy
He put his right leg through Miss Finerty’s hoops.
The creature she fainted and cried ‘Meelia, murther’
Called for her brothers and gathered them all
Carmody swore that he’d go no further
Till he’d have satisfaction at Lanigan’s Ball.

In the midst of the row, Miss Kerrigan fainted
Her cheeks at the same time as red as a rose
Some of the boys decried she was painted
She took a small drop too much, I suppose.
Her sweetheart Ned Morgan, so powerful and able
When he saw his fair colleen stretched by the wall
He tore the left leg from under the table
And smashed all the dishes at Lanigan’s Ball.

Chorus

Boys, oh boys ’tis then there was ructions
Myself got a kick from big Phelim McHugh
But soon I replied to his kind introduction
And kicked up a terrible hullabaloo.
Ould Casey, the piper, was near being strangled
They squeezed up his pipes, bellow, chanter and all
The girls in their ribbons they all got entangled
And that put an end to Lanigan’s Ball.

Chorus

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[Am]In the town of Athy one Jeremy Lanigan
[G]Battered away till he hadn’t a pound
His [Am]father he died and made him a man again
Left him a [Dm]farm and ten [Am]acres of ground
He gave a grand party to friends and relations
Who [G]did not forget him when come to the wall
[Am]If you but listen, I’ll make your eyes glisten
At the rows and [Dm]ructions of [Am]Lanigan’s Ball.

Chorus

Six long months I [G]spent in Dublin
[Am]Six long months doing [Em]nothing at all
[Am]Six long months I [G]spent in Dublin
[Am]Learning to [Em]dance for [Am]Lanigan’s Ball.
I stepped out, I stepped in again
[G]I stepped out again, I stepped in again
[Am]I stpped out and I stepped in again
Learning to [Dm]dance for [Am]Lanigan’s Ball.

Myself to be sure got free invitations
For all the nice girls and boys I might ask
And just in a minute both friends and relations
Were dancing as merry as bees round a cask.
There was lashings of punch and wine for the ladies
Potatoes and cakes, there was bacon and tea
There were the Nolans, Dolans, O’Grady’s
Courting the girls and dancing away.

They were doing all kinds on nonsensical polkas
All round the room in a whirligig
But Julia and I soon banished their nonsense
And tipped them a twist of a real Irish jig.
Oh, how that girl got mad on me
And danced till you’d think the ceilings would fall
For I spent three weeks at Brook’s Academy
Learning to dance for Lanigan’s Ball.

Chorus

The boys were as merry, the girls all hearty
Dancing away in couples and groups
Till an accident happened: young Terence McCarthy
He put his right leg through Miss Finerty’s hoops.
The creature she fainted and cried ‘Meelia, murther’
Called for her brothers and gathered them all
Carmody swore that he’d go no further
Till he’d have satisfaction at Lanigan’s Ball.

In the midst of the row, Miss Kerrigan fainted
Her cheeks at the same time as red as a rose
Some of the boys decried she was painted
She took a small drop too much, I suppose.
Her sweetheart Ned Morgan, so powerful and able
When he saw his fair colleen stretched by the wall
He tore the left leg from under the table
And smashed all the dishes at Lanigan’s Ball.

Chorus

Boys, oh boys ’tis then there was ructions
Myself got a kick from big Phelim McHugh
But soon I replied to his kind introduction
And kicked up a terrible hullabaloo.
Ould Casey, the piper, was near being strangled
They squeezed up his pipes, bellow, chanter and all
The girls in their ribbons they all got entangled
And that put an end to Lanigan’s Ball.

Chorus

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