The Banks of the Roses – lyrics and chords

The chords to The Banks of the Roses are presented here in the key of D major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics are about a girl that goes against her father’s wishes and runs away with a rover.

 
D 
On the banks of the  
A7 
roses my  
A 
love and I sat  
D 
down
 
A 
And I took out my  
F#m 
fiddle for to  
A 
play my love a tune
 
In the  
D 
middle of the  
F#m 
tune oh she  
A 
sighed and she  
A7 
said
 
“Oh my  
D 
Johnny, lovely  
A7 
Johnny, would you  
A 
leave 
 
 
D 
me?”

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“When I was just a young girl I heard my father say
‘I’d sooner see you dead, my girl, and buried in the clay
Rather than be married to a roving runaway
On the lovely sweet banks of the roses'”.

Oh well now that I am a runaway and sure I’ll let you know
That I can take a bottle and drink with anyone
If her father doesn’t like me he can keep his daughter home
Then young Johnny will go roving with another.

If I ever get wedded ’twill be in the month of May
When the leaves they are green and the meadows they are gay
And me and my true love will sit and sport and play
By the lovely sweet banks of the roses.

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[D]On the banks of the [A7]roses my [A]love and I sat [D]down
[A]And I took out my [F#m]fiddle for to [A]play my love a tune
In the [D]middle of the [F#m]tune oh she [A]sighed and she [A7]said
“Oh my [D]Johnny, lovely [A7]Johnny, would you [A]leave [D]me?”

“When I was just a young girl I heard my father say
‘I’d sooner see you dead, my girl, and buried in the clay
Rather than be married to a roving runaway
On the lovely sweet banks of the roses'”.

Oh well now that I am a runaway and sure I’ll let you know
That I can take a bottle and drink with anyone
If her father doesn’t like me he can keep his daughter home
Then young Johnny will go roving with another.

If I ever get wedded ’twill be in the month of May
When the leaves they are green and the meadows they are gay
And me and my true love will sit and sport and play
By the lovely sweet banks of the roses.

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The Banks of the Roses lyrics and chords

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