Banks of Claudy – lyrics and chords

The chords to The Banks of Claudy presented here in the key of G major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics tell the story of a chance encounter between a woman and the man that she has been waiting for believing him to be away at sea.

 
G 
’Twas on a pleasant mor
G7 
ning all  
F 
in the  
C 
month of  
G 
May
 
Down by the Banks of  
G7 
Claudy I  
C 
carelessly 
 
 
F 
wound my  
G 
way
 
I overheard a  
G7 
maiden and she  
C 
tearfully 
 
 
F 
did 
 
com
G 
plain
 
“It’s on the Banks of  
G7 
Claudy where my  
F 
darling 
 
 
C 
do 
 
re
G 
main.”

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I boldly stepped up to her. I took her by surprise
I own she did not know me, I being dressed in disguise
“Where are you going my fair one, my joy, my heart’s delight
Where are you going to wander this cold and windy night?”

“It’s on the way to Claudy’s banks, if you will please to show
Take pity on a stranger, for there I want to go
It’s seven long years or better since Johnny has left this shore
He’s crossing the wide ocean, where the foaming billows roar.”

“He’s crossing the wide ocean for honour and for fame
His ship’s been wrecked so I’ve been told down on the Spanish Main”
“It’s on the Banks of Claudy fair maiden whereon you stand
Now don’t you believe young Johnny, for he’s a false young man.”

No when she heard this dreadful news she fell into despair
For the wringing of her tender hands and the tearing of her hair
“If Johnny he be drowned no man alive I’ll take
Through lonesome glens and valleys I’ll wander for his sake.”

Now when he saw her loyalty no longer could he stand
He fell into her arms saying “Betsy I’m the man.”
Saying “Betsy I’m, the young man who caused you all the pain
And since we’ve met on Claudy’s Banks we’ll never part again.”

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[G]’Twas on a pleasant mor[G7]ning all [F]in the [C]month of [G]May
Down by the Banks of [G7]Claudy I [C]carelessly [F]wound my [G]way
I overheard a [G7]maiden and she [C]tearfully [F]did com[G]plain
“It’s on the Banks of [G7]Claudy where my [F]darling [C]do re[G]main.”

I boldly stepped up to her. I took her by surprise
I own she did not know me, I being dressed in disguise
“Where are you going my fair one, my joy, my heart’s delight
Where are you going to wander this cold and windy night?”

“It’s on the way to Claudy’s banks, if you will please to show
Take pity on a stranger, for there I want to go
It’s seven long years or better since Johnny has left this shore
He’s crossing the wide ocean, where the foaming billows roar.”

“He’s crossing the wide ocean for honour and for fame
His ship’s been wrecked so I’ve been told down on the Spanish Main”
“It’s on the Banks of Claudy fair maiden whereon you stand
Now don’t you believe young Johnny, for he’s a false young man.”

No when she heard this dreadful news she fell into despair
For the wringing of her tender hands and the tearing of her hair
“If Johnny he be drowned no man alive I’ll take
Through lonesome glens and valleys I’ll wander for his sake.”

Now when he saw her loyalty no longer could he stand
He fell into her arms saying “Betsy I’m the man.”
Saying “Betsy I’m, the young man who caused you all the pain
And since we’ve met on Claudy’s Banks we’ll never part again.”

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