Spanish Lady lyrics and chords

We don’t know who wrote the lyrics to the Spanish Lady but they probably date back to the late 18th century.

Spanish Lady
Young man had no chance
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This is the best known version of the song, made popular by Irish performers such as The Dubliners.

It is set in Dublin and the lyrics make several references to local landmarks such as the home of Napper Tandy, an Irish rebel leader.

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Spanish Lady lyrics and chords

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G 
As I went down through  
Em 
Dublin 
 
City
 
C 
At the hour of
D7 
twelve at night
 
G 
Who should I see but a  
Em 
Spanish 
 
Lady
 
C 
Washing her feet by  
D7 
candlelight
 
G 
First she washed them,  
C 
then she dried them,
 
G 
Over a fire of amber  
D7 
coal.
 
In  
G 
all my life I  
Em 
ne’er did see
 
A
C 
maid so sweet  
D7 
about the sole.

Chorus

 
G 
Whack for the too ra  
Em 
looraladdy 
 
 
C 
Whack for the toora  
D7 
looralay
 
G 
Whack for the toora  
Em 
looraladdy,
C 
Whack for the toora  
D7 
loora 
 
lay.

As I went back through Dublin city at the hour of half-past eight
Who should I see but the Spanish Lady brushing her hair outside the gate
First she brushed it, then she combed it, on her hand was a silver comb.
In all my life I ne’er did see a maid so fair since I did roam.

I stopped to look but the Watchman passed he said “Young fellah, now the night is late
Along with ye home or I will wrestle you straight back through the Bridewell gate”
I threw a kiss to the Spanish lady hot as a fire of angry coal
In all my life I ne’er did see a maid so sweet about the sole.

As I came back through Dublin city as the sun began to set
Who should I see but the Spanish Lady catching a moth in a golden net.
When she saw me then she fled me lifting her petticoat over her knee
In all my life I ne’er did see a maid so shy as the Spanish Lady.

I’ve wandered north and I’ve wandered south by Stoneybatter and Patrick’s Close
Up and around by the Gloucester Diamond and back by Napper Tandy’s house.
Old age has laid her hand on me cold as a fire of ashy coals
But where o where is the Spanish Lady, neat and sweet about the soul?

Spanish Lady
Young man had no chance
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Spanish Lady print version

[G]As I went down through [Em]Dublin City

[C]At the hour of[D7] twelve at night

[G]Who should I see but a [Em]Spanish Lady

[C]Washing her feet by [D7]candlelight

[G]First she washed them, [C]then she dried them,

[G]Over a fire of amber [D7]coal.

In [G]all my life I [Em]ne’er did see

A[C] maid so sweet [D7] about the sole.

Chorus

[G]Whack for the too ra [Em]looraladdy [C]Whack for the toora [D7]looralay

[G]Whack for the toora [Em]looraladdy,[C] Whack for the toora [D7]loora lay.

As I went back through Dublin city at the hour of half-past eight
Who should I see but the Spanish Lady brushing her hair outside the gate
First she brushed it, then she combed it, on her hand was a silver comb.
In all my life I ne’er did see a maid so fair since I did roam.

I stopped to look but the Watchman passed he said “Young fellah, now the night is late
Along with ye home or I will wrestle you straight back through the Bridewell gate”
I threw a kiss to the Spanish lady hot as a fire of angry coal
In all my life I ne’er did see a maid so sweet about the sole.

As I came back through Dublin city as the sun began to set
Who should I see but the Spanish Lady catching a moth in a golden net.
When she saw me then she fled me lifting her petticoat over her knee
In all my life I ne’er did see a maid so shy as the Spanish Lady.

I’ve wandered north and I’ve wandered south by Stoneybatter and Patrick’s Close
Up and around by the Gloucester Diamond and back by Napper Tandy’s house.
Old age has laid her hand on me cold as a fire of ashy coals
But where o where is the Spanish Lady, neat and sweet about the soul?

Spanish Lady
Young man had no chance
Videos
Lyrics and chords

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