Shanagolden lyrics and chords

The chords to Shanagolden are presented in the key of G. The lyrics were written by Sean McCarthy and tell the story of a rebel who died in the struggle for Irish independence.

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G 
The cold winds from the  
C 
mountains are calling soft to  
G 
me
 
He  
A 
smell of scented  
Bm 
heather, brings  
Em 
bitter 
 
memo
D7 
ry
 
The wild and lonely  
G 
eagle up  
Em 
in the summer  
D7 
sky
 
Flies  
Em 
high o’er Shana
C 
golden, where my young Willie  
G 
lies

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I met him in the winter time when snow was on the ground
The Irish hills were peaceful and love was all around
Scarcely twenty one years old a young man in his prime
We were married darling Willie by the eve of Christmas time

Do you remember darlin’ we walking the moonlit road
I held you in my arms love I would never let you go
Our hands they were entwined my love all in the pale moonlight
By the fields of Shanagolden on a lonely winter’s night

Then came the call to arms my love and the hills they were aflame
Down from the silent mountains the Saxon strangers came
I held you in my arms then my young heart wild with fear
By the fields of Shanagolden in the Springtime of the year

You fought them darling Willie all through the summer days
I heard the rifles firing in the mountains far away
I held you in my arms then your blood ran free and bright
And you died in Shanagolden on a lonely summer’s night

Oh, but that was long ago my love and your son grows fine and tall
The hills they are at peace again, the Saxon strangers gone
We’ll place a red rose on your grave by the silvery pale moonlight
And we’ll think of Shanagolden on a lonely winter’s night

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[G]The cold winds from the [C]mountains are calling soft to [G]me
He [A]smell of scented [Bm]heather, brings [Em]bitter memo[D7]ry
The wild and lonely [G]eagle up [Em]in the summer [D7]sky
Flies [Em]high o’er Shana[C]golden, where my young Willie [G]lies

I met him in the winter time when snow was on the ground
The Irish hills were peaceful and love was all around
Scarcely twenty one years old a young man in his prime
We were married darling Willie by the eve of Christmas time

Do you remember darlin’ we walking the moonlit road
I held you in my arms love I would never let you go
Our hands they were entwined my love all in the pale moonlight
By the fields of Shanagolden on a lonely winter’s night

Then came the call to arms my love and the hills they were aflame
Down from the silent mountains the Saxon strangers came
I held you in my arms then my young heart wild with fear
By the fields of Shanagolden in the Springtime of the year

You fought them darling Willie all through the summer days
I heard the rifles firing in the mountains far away
I held you in my arms then your blood ran free and bright
And you died in Shanagolden on a lonely summer’s night

Oh, but that was long ago my love and your son grows fine and tall
The hills they are at peace again, the Saxon strangers gone
We’ll place a red rose on your grave by the silvery pale moonlight
And we’ll think of Shanagolden on a lonely winter’s night

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