Raglan Road – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to Raglan Road can both enchant and baffle people in equal measure. It tells the story of a failed relationship in which the singer loves a woman from afar but is not loved in return.

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The chords are given in the key of D major, the key used by Luke Kelly when he recorded one of the most popular versions of the song. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.

 
D 
On Raglan Road of an Autumn  
G 
day
 
I  
D 
saw her  
G 
first and  
D 
knew,
 
That
G 
her dark hair would  
D 
weave a snare
 
That I might  
Bm 
someday 
 
 
A 
rue.
 
I  
G 
saw the danger  
D 
and I passed
 
Along the en
Bm 
chanted 
 
 
A 
way.
 
And I  
D 
said, “Let grief be a fallen  
G 
leaf
 
At the  
D 
dawning 
 
 
G 
of the  
D 
day.”

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On Grafton Street in November, we
Tripped lightly along the ledge
Of a deep ravine where can be seen
The worth of passion play.
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts
And I not making hay;
Oh, I loved too much and by such and such
Is happiness thrown away.

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I gave her gifts of the mind,
I gave her the secret signs,
That’s known to the artists who have known
The true gods of sound and stone.
And her words and tint without stint
I gave her poems to say
With her own name there and her own dark hair
Like clouds over fields of May.

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet
I see her walking now,
And away from me so hurriedly
My reason must allow.
That I had loved, not as I should
A creature made of clay,
When the angel woos the clay, he’ll lose
His wings at the dawn of day.

Raglan Road
Kavanagh’s love identified
Luke Kelly
Raglan Road meaning
Mystery of the secret sign
Raglan Road Videos
Lyrics and chords

Raglan Road lyrics and chords print version

[D]On Raglan Road of an Autumn [G]day
I [D]saw her [G]first and [D]knew,
That[G]her dark hair would [D]weave a snare
That I might [Bm]someday [A]rue.
I [G]saw the danger [D]and I passed
Along the en[Bm]chanted [A]way.
And I [D]said, “Let grief be a fallen [G]leaf

At the [D]dawning [G]of the [D]day.”On Grafton Street in November, we
Tripped lightly along the ledge
Of a deep ravine where can be seen
The worth of passion play.
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts
And I not making hay;
Oh, I loved too much and by such and such
Is happiness thrown away.

I gave her gifts of the mind,
I gave her the secret signs,
That’s known to the artists who have known
The true gods of sound and stone.
And her words and tint without stint
I gave her poems to say
With her own name there and her own dark hair
Like clouds over fields of May.

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet
I see her walking now,
And away from me so hurriedly
My reason must allow.
That I had loved, not as I should
A creature made of clay,
When the angel woos the clay, he’ll lose
His wings at the dawn of day.

Raglan Road
Kavanagh’s love identified
Luke Kelly
Raglan Road meaning
Mystery of the secret sign
Raglan Road Videos
Lyrics and chords

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