Mrs McGrath – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to Mrs McGrath tell the story of a woman whose son loses both his legs while fighting in a foreign war.

Mrs McGrath
Bruce Springsteen
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The chords are presented here in the key of G Major.

Both Tommy Makem and The Dubliners with Ronnie Drew on lead vocals performed Mrs McGrath in C major.

The Clancys on their Isn’t Grand Boys album sang the song in D Major. The Weavers also performed the song in D on their Kisses Sweeter than Wine album.

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G 
Now, Mrs Mc
Em 
Grath, the  
G 
sergeant 
 
 
D7 
said,
 
Would you  
G 
like to make a soldier out of  
D7 
your son Ted?
 
With a  
G 
scarlet 
 
 
Am 
coat and a  
Em 
big cocked  
D7 
hat,
 
Now  
G 
Mrs 
 
Mc
D7 
Grath, wouldn’t  
G 
you like that?
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With your  
Em 
too-ri-aa, 
 
 
G 
foll di diddle-da
 
Too-ri,  
D7 
oo-ri, 
 
 
G 
oo-ri-aa
 
Wi your  
Em 
too-ri-aa, 
 
 
G 
folly 
 
diddle-aa
 
Too-ri,  
D7 
oo-ri, 
 
 
G 
oo-ri-aa

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Now Mrs McGrath lived on the seashore
For the space of seven long years or more,
Till she saw a big ship sailing into the bay,
“Here’s my son Ted, will you clear the way.”

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Oh captain, dear, where have you been,
Have you been sailing in the Meditereen,
And have you any news of my son Ted,
Is the poor boy living or is he dead?

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Well, up comes Ted, without any legs,
And in their place he had two wooden pegs.
She kissed him a dozen times or two,
Saying, Glory be to God sure it wouldn’t be you?

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Oh then were you drunk, or were you blind,
When you left your two fine legs behind,
Or was it from walking by the sea,
A big fish ate your legs from the knees away?

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No, I was not drunk, and I was not blind
When I left my two fine legs behind,
A cannon ball on the fifth of May,
Blew my two fine legs from the knees away.

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Oh Teddy, my boy, the widow cried,
Your two fine legs were your mammy’s pride.
The stumps of a tree won’t do at all,
Why didn’t you run from the cannon ball?

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All foreign wars, I do proclaim,
Between Don Juan and the King of Spain,
And I’ll make them rue the time,
They took two legs from a child of mine.

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Well then, if I had you back again,
I’d never let you go to fight the King of Spain,
For I’d rather have me Ted as he used to be,
Than the King of France and his whole navy.

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[G]Now, Mrs Mc[Em]Grath, the [G]sergeant [D7]said,
Would you [G]like to make a soldier out of [D7]your son Ted?
With a [G]scarlet [Am]coat and a [Em]big cocked [D7]hat,
Now [G]Mrs Mc[D7]Grath, wouldn’t [G]you like that?

Chorus

With your[Em]too-ri-aa, [G]foll di diddle-da
Too-ri, [D7]oo-ri, [G]oo-ri-aa
Wi your [Em]too-ri-aa, [G]folly diddle-aa
Too-ri, [D7]oo-ri, [G]oo-ri-aa

Now Mrs McGrath lived on the seashore
For the space of seven long years or more,
Till she saw a big ship sailing into the bay,
“Here’s my son Ted, will you clear the way.”

Chorus

Oh captain, dear, where have you been,
Have you been sailing in the Meditereen,
And have you any news of my son Ted,
Is the poor boy living or is he dead?

Chorus

Well, up comes Ted, without any legs,
And in their place he had two wooden pegs.
She kissed him a dozen times or two,
Saying, Glory be to God sure it wouldn’t be you?

Chorus

Oh then were you drunk, or were you blind,
When you left your two fine legs behind,
Or was it from walking by the sea,
A big fish ate your legs from the knees away?

Chorus

No, I was not drunk, and I was not blind
When I left my two fine legs behind,
A cannon ball on the fifth of May,
Blew my two fine legs from the knees away,

Chorus

Oh Teddy, my boy, the widow cried,
Your two fine legs were your mammy’s pride.
The stumps of a tree won’t do at all,
Why didn’t you run from the cannon ball?

Chorus

All foreign wars, I do proclaim,
Between Don Juan and the King of Spain,
And I’ll make them rue the time,
They took two legs from a child of mine,

Chorus

Well then, if I had you back again,
I’d never let you go to fight the King of Spain,
For I’d rather have me Ted as he used to be,
Than the King of France and his whole navy,

Chorus

Mrs McGrath
Bruce Springsteen
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