The Bantry Girl’s Lament – lyrics and chords

The chords to The Bantry Girl’s Lament presented here in the key of D major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics are about a young man going to fight for Ireland, and all his admirers and friends worry that he may never return.

 
D 
Oh, who will plough the field now or who will sell the  
A 
corn?
 
Oh  
D 
who will wash the sheep now and have them  
G 
nicely 
 
 
D 
shorn?
 
The stack that’s in the  
G 
haggard 
 
un
D 
trash’d it may re
A 
main
 
Since  
D 
Johnny went a-trashing the dirty  
G 
King of  
D 
Spain.

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The girls from bawnoge in sorrow may retire
And the piper and his bellows may go home and blow the fire
For Johnny, lovely Johnny, is sailing o’er the Main
Along with other patriots to fight the King of Spain.

The boys will sorely miss him when Moneymore comes round
And grieve that their bold captain is nowhere to be found
The peelers must stand idle against their will and grain
For the valiant boy who gave them work now peels the King of Spain.

At wakes or hurling-matches your like we’ll never see
Till you come back to us again, a stoirin og mo chroi
And won’t you trounce the buckeens that show us much disdain
Because our eyes are not so bright as those you’ll meet in Spain.

If cruel fate will not permit our Johnny to return
His heavy loss we Bantry girls will never cease to mourn
We’ll resign ourselves to our sad lot, and die in grief and pain
Since Johnny died for Ireland’s pride in the foreign land of Spain.

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[D]Oh, who will plough the field now or who will sell the [A]corn?
Oh [D]who will wash the sheep now and have them [G]nicely [D]shorn?
The stack that’s in the [G]haggard un[D]trash’d it may re[A]main
Since [D]Johnny went a-trashing the dirty [G]King of [D]Spain.

The girls from bawnoge in sorrow may retire
And the piper and his bellows may go home and blow the fire
For Johnny, lovely Johnny, is sailing o’er the Main
Along with other patriots to fight the King of Spain.

The boys will sorely miss him when Moneymore comes round
And grieve that their bold captain is nowhere to be found
The peelers must stand idle against their will and grain
For the valiant boy who gave them work now peels the King of Spain.

At wakes or hurling-matches your like we’ll never see
Till you come back to us again, a stoirin og mo chroi
And won’t you trounce the buckeens that show us much disdain
Because our eyes are not so bright as those you’ll meet in Spain.

If cruel fate will not permit our Johnny to return
His heavy loss we Bantry girls will never cease to mourn
We’ll resign ourselves to our sad lot, and die in grief and pain
Since Johnny died for Ireland’s pride in the foreign land of Spain.

The Bantry Girl’s Lament videos
The Bantry Girl’s Lament lyrics and chords

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