Nancy the Pride of the West – lyrics and chords

The chords to Nancy the Pride of the West are presented here in the key of D minor. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.

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The lyrics are about a beautiful young woman named Nancy, and how all the men would love to make her his wife.

 
Dm 
One morning I chanced for to  
Am 
rove
 
When  
Dm 
Phoebus showed  
Bb 
clear from the  
Gm 
east
 
‘Twas  
Dm 
down by a green shady grove
 
I espied a fair  
Bb 
maid I pro
F 
test.
 
She was handsome and straight and gen
Bb 
teel
 
As the  
Am 
sweet birds had  
Gm 
lulled her to  
Am 
rest
 
A  
Dm 
girl at the  
Bb 
age of six
Am 
teen
 
Called  
Dm 
Nancy the  
Bb 
pride of the  
F 
west.

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Her lips are like coral so fine
Her cheeks like the vermilion red
Her eyes like two diamonds do shine
And the young men all wish her to wed.
To her I’d prove constant and true
Until death with his dart pierce my breast
And my last dying words shall be you
Sweet Nancy the pride of the west.

I travelled from Cork to Kinsale
From Limerick to Kilkenny town
From Mallow to sweet Doneraile
Where beautiful ladies are found.
But never by love was I won
And my mind it was ever at rest
‘Til now in the end I’m undone
By Nancy the pride of the west.

My jewel, my sweetheart, mo sthore
If I your affections can’t gain
I’ll travel the wide world all o’er
And live in a heart-breaking pain.
The meadows and green woods I’ll roam
And the wild fowl I’ll scare from their rest
The valleys shall echo my moan
For Nancy the pride of the west.

Nancy the Pride of the West lyrics and chords print version

[Dm]One morning I chanced for to [Am]rove
When [Dm]Phoebus showed [Bb]clear from the [Gm]east
‘Twas [Dm]down by a green shady grove
I espied a fair [Bb]maid I pro[F]test.
She was handsome and straight and gen[Bb]teel
As the [Am]sweet birds had [Gm]lulled her to [Am]rest
A [Dm]girl at the [Bb]age of six[Am]teen
Called [Dm]Nancy the [Bb]pride of the [F]west.

Her lips are like coral so fine
Her cheeks like the vermilion red
Her eyes like two diamonds do shine
And the young men all wish her to wed.
To her I’d prove constant and true
Until death with his dart pierce my breast
And my last dying words shall be you
Sweet Nancy the pride of the west.

I travelled from Cork to Kinsale
From Limerick to Kilkenny town
From Mallow to sweet Doneraile
Where beautiful ladies are found.
But never by love was I won
And my mind it was ever at rest
‘Til now in the end I’m undone
By Nancy the pride of the west.

My jewel, my sweetheart, mo sthore
If I your affections can’t gain
I’ll travel the wide world all o’er
And live in a heart-breaking pain.
The meadows and green woods I’ll roam
And the wild fowl I’ll scare from their rest
The valleys shall echo my moan
For Nancy the pride of the west.

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