Parting Glass – lyrics and chords

The lyrics of The Parting Glass date back at least 400 years to the early 17th century – probably before even that. The themes of departure from friends and family are often found in Irish songs – emigration having split millions of families over the years. The Parting Glass captures the sadness of separation but it isn’t a maudlin or depressing song.

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There’s an attractive and positive attitude throughout the lyrics that keeps resurfacing amid the sadness of the departure. This is what gives the song its strength and prevents it from becoming over sentimental or slipping into self-pity.

The Irish were accustomed to farewells. They knew life had to go on and that meant making the most of the situation. The words of The Parting Glass reflect that perfectly. The chords are presented here in the key of D minor. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.


Dm 
Oh of all the money  
F 
e’er I  
C 
had,
 
I  
Dm 
spent it in good com
C 
pany.
 
And of  
Dm 
all the harm I’ve ever  
C 
done,
 
Dm 
Alas! it  
C 
was to  
Dm 
none but me.
 
And  
F 
all I’ve done for want of wit
 
To  
Gm 
memory now  
F 
I can’t recall,
 
So  
Dm 
fill to me the parting  
C 
glass,
 
Good  
Dm 
night and  
C 
joy be  
Dm 
with you all.

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Oh, all the comrades ever I had,
They’re sorry for my going away.
And all the sweethearts ever I had,
They’d wish me one more day to stay.
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not.
I gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend
And leisure time to sit a while,
There is a fair maid in this town,
That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips,
I own she has my heart in thrall,
So fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

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[Dm]Oh of all the money [F]e’er I [C]had,
I [Dm]spent it in good com[C]pany.
And of [Dm]all the harm I’ve ever [C]done,
[Dm]Alas! it [C]was to [Dm]none but me.
And [F]all I’ve done for want of wit
To [Gm]memory now [F]I can’t recall,
So [Dm]fill to me the parting [C]glass,
Good [Dm]night and [C]joy be [Dm]with you all.

Oh, all the comrades ever I had,
They’re sorry for my going away.
And all the sweethearts ever I had,
They’d wish me one more day to stay.
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not.
I gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend
And leisure time to sit a while,
There is a fair maid in this town,
That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips,
I own she has my heart in thrall,
So fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

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