The Sea Around Us – lyrics and chords

The Sea Around Us is also often known as Surrounded by Water.

The lyrics were written by Dominic Behan and tell of ancient tales about how the sea has protected them from attacks from different countries. The chords are presented here in the key of D major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.

 
D 
They say that lakes of Kil
A 
larney are fair
 
That no  
F#m 
stream like the Liffey can  
G 
ever 
 
com
A 
pare
 
If it’s  
D 
water you want you’ll find  
A 
nothing more rare
 
Than the  
F#m 
stuff they make  
G 
down in the  
A 
o
D 
cean.
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The sea, oh, the  
Bm 
sea is the  
G 
gradh geal mo  
D 
croide
 
A 
Long may it  
F#m 
stay between  
G 
England and  
A 
me
 
It’s a  
D 
sure 
 
guaran
A 
tee that some  
D 
hour we’ll be  
F#m 
free
 
Oh, thank  
A 
God we’re sur
G 
rounded by  
A 
wa
D 
ter.

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Tom Mooremade his ‘Waters’ meet fame and reknown
A great lover of anything dressed in a crown
In brandy the bandy old Saxon he’d drown
But throw ne’er a once in the ocean.

Chorus

The Scots have their Whiskey, the Welsh have their speech
And their poets are paid about tenpence a week
Provided no hard words on England they speak
Oh Lord, what a price for devotion.

Chorus

The Danes came to Ireland with nothing to do
But dream of the plundered old Irish they slew
‘Yeh will in yer vikings’ said Brian Boru
And threw them back into the ocean.

Chorus

Two foreign old monarchs in battle did join
Each wanting their head on the back of a coin
If the Irish had sense they’d drown both in the Boyne
And partition thrown into the ocean.

Chorus

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[D]They say that lakes of Kil[A]larney are fair
That no [F#m]stream like the Liffey can [G]ever com[A]pare
If it’s [D]water you want you’ll find [A]nothing more rare
Than the [F#m]stuff they make [G]down in the [A]o[D]cean.

Chorus

The sea, oh, the [Bm]sea is the [G]gradh geal mo [D]croide
[A]Long may it [F#m]stay between [G]England and [A]me
It’s a [D]sure guaran[A]tee that some [D]hour we’ll be [F#m]free
Oh, thank [A]God we’re sur[G]rounded by [A]wa[D]ter.

Tom Mooremade his ‘Waters’ meet fame and reknown
A great lover of anything dressed in a crown
In brandy the bandy old Saxon he’d drown
But throw ne’er a once in the ocean.

Chorus

The Scots have their Whiskey, the Welsh have their speech
And their poets are paid about tenpence a week
Provided no hard words on England they speak
Oh Lord, what a price for devotion.

Chorus

The Danes came to Ireland with nothing to do
But dream of the plundered old Irish they slew
‘Yeh will in yer vikings’ said Brian Boru
And threw them back into the ocean.

Chorus

Two foreign old monarchs in battle did join
Each wanting their head on the back of a coin
If the Irish had sense they’d drown both in the Boyne
And partition thrown into the ocean.

Chorus

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