As I Roved Out lyrics and chords

The lyrics to this version of As I Roved Out tell the story of young girl who tries to sneak a man into her bedroom but is caught by her mother.

As I Roved Out – The Clancys
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As I Roved Out – Andy Irvine
As I Roved Out – Christy Moore

She ends up getting beaten by her mother and her young lover abandons her. The chords are presented here in the key of A Minor.

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As I Roved Out – lyrics and chords

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Am 
As I roved out on a May mor
Em 
ning
 
On a  
Am 
May morning right ear
Em 
ly
 
C 
I met my love up
G 
on the way
 
Oh,  
Am 
Lord but  
Em 
she was  
Am 
early.
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And she sang  
C 
lith-a-doodle, lith-a-doodle, lith-a-doodle-dee,
 
And she  
G 
high-di-lan-di-dee, and she high-di-lan-di-dee and  
Am 
she 
 
lan-day
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Her boots were black and her stockings white

And her buckles shone like silver

She had a dark and a roving eye

And her ear-rings tipped her shoulder.

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“What age are you my nice wee girl

What age are you my honey?”

How modestly she answered me

“I’ll be seventeen on Sunday.”

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I went to her house on the top of the hill

When the moon was shining clearly.

She arose to let me in

But her mammy chanced to hear her.

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She caught her by the hair of the head

And down to the room she brought her,

And with the root of a hazel twig

She was the well-beat daughter.

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“Will you marry me now my soldier lad

Will you marry me now or never?

Will you marry me now my soldier lad

For you see I’m done forever.”

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“No I won’t marry you my bonny wee girl,

I won’t marry you my honey.

For I have got a wife at home

And how could I disown her?”

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A pint at night is my delight

And a gallon in the morning.

The old women are my heart break

But the young ones is my darling.

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As I Roved Out – The Clancys
Videos
Lyrics and chords
As I Roved Out – Andy Irvine
As I Roved Out – Christy Moore

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