As I Roved Out lyrics and chords

The lyrics to this version of As I Roved Out tells the story of a young man who rejects his true love and marries another woman because she has land.

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It’s a decision he will regret for the rest of his life.

The chords are presented here in the key of C Major. The song is a little unusual because it doesn’t end on the root chord or key chord. Instead, each verse ends of the fifth chord of the scale, which in this case is G Major.

Planxty performed this song originally in F Major. Place a capo on the fifth fret and play the chord shapes below to play in F Major. In later years, they sometimes dropped the key to E Major. Place the capo on the fourth fret to play in E Major.

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As  
Dm 
I roved  
F 
out, on a  
C 
bright May  
F 
mor
C 
ning,
 
To  
F 
view the  
Am 
meadows and  
Dm 
flowers 
 
 
G 
gay
 
Whom  
F 
should I  
Am 
spy but my  
Dm 
own true lo
Am 
ver
 
As  
F 
she sat under yon  
G 
willow 
 
tree.

 
I took off my hat and I did salute her,
I did salute her, courageously.
When she turned around, well, the tears fell from her
Saying, “False young man, you have deluded me.”

“A diamond ring I own I gave you,
A diamond ring to wear on your right hand”
“But the vows you made, love, you went and broke them
And married the lassie that had the land.”

“If I married the lassie that had the land, my love,
It’s that I’ll rue… Until the day I die
When misfortune falls, no man can shun it
I was a blindfolded, I’ll ne’er deny.”

Now at nights when I go to my bed of slumber
The thoughts of my true love run in my mind
When I turn around to embrace my darling
Instead of gold, it is brass I find.

And I wish the Queen would call home her army,
From the West Indies, Amerikay and Spain
And every man to his wedded woman
In hopes that you and I will meet again.

As I Roved Out – Andy Irvine
Mystery of final verse
Videos
Lyrics and chords
As I Roved Out – Christy Moore
As I Roved Out – The Clancys

As I Rode Out Lyrics and Chords Print version

As [Dm ]I roved [F]out, on a [C]bright May [F]mor[C]ning,
To [F]view the [Am]meadows and [Dm]flowers [G]gay
Whom [F]should I [Am]spy but my [Dm]own true lo[Am]ver
As [F]she sat under yon [G]willow tree.

“A diamond ring I own I gave you,
A diamond ring to wear on your right hand”
“But the vows you made, love, you went and broke them
And married the lassie that had the land.”

“If I married the lassie that had the land, my love,
It’s that I’ll rue… Until the day I die
When misfortune falls, no man can shun it
I was a blindfolded, I’ll ne’er deny.”

Now at nights when I go to my bed of slumber
The thoughts of my true love run in my mind
When I turn around to embrace my darling
Instead of gold, it is brass I find.

And I wish the Queen would call home her army,
From the West Indies, Amerikay and Spain
And every man to his wedded woman
In hopes that you and I will meet again.

As I Roved Out – Andy Irvine
Mystery of final verse
Videos
Lyrics and chords
As I Roved Out – Christy Moore
As I Roved Out – The Clancys

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