The Blackbird and the Thrush – lyrics and chords

The chords to The Blackbird and the Thrush presented here in the key of A minor. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics are a story about the joys of being single and the stresses of being married.

 
Am 
One evening as I walked down by  
Dm 
yon green  
Em 
bush
 
I  
Am 
heard two birds whistling; the  
Dm 
blackbird and the  
Am 
thrush
 
I asked them the  
Em 
reason they  
Am 
were so mer
Em 
ry
 
The  
Am 
answer they  
Dm 
gave 
 
 
Am 
me: They were single  
Em 
and 
 
 
Am 
free.

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I sent my love a red rose, a red so fine
She sent me back an answer mixed with rue and thyme
Saying: “Keep your red rose and I’ll keep my thyme
And drink you to your true love and I’ll drink to mine.”

I sent my lover a letter to see if she’d mourn
She sent me back an answer; she could do her own turn.
I can work or sit idle, if occasion I see
I can rest when I’m tired, he is no match for me.

Oh, meeting’s a pleasure and parting’s a grief
And an inconstant lover is worse than a thief
For a thief can but rob you, steal all that you have
But and inconstant lover would send you to your grave.

The Blackbird and the Thrush lyrics and chords print version

[Am]One evening as I walked down by [Dm]yon green [Em]bush
I [Am]heard two birds whistling; the [Dm]blackbird and the [Am]thrush
I asked them the [Em]reason they [Am]were so mer[Em]ry
The [Am]answer they [Dm]gave [Am]me: They were single [Em]and [Am]free.

I sent my love a red rose, a red so fine
She sent me back an answer mixed with rue and thyme
Saying: “Keep your red rose and I’ll keep my thyme
And drink you to your true love and I’ll drink to mine.”

I sent my lover a letter to see if she’d mourn
She sent me back an answer; she could do her own turn.
I can work or sit idle, if occasion I see
I can rest when I’m tired, he is no match for me.

Oh, meeting’s a pleasure and parting’s a grief
And an inconstant lover is worse than a thief
For a thief can but rob you, steal all that you have
But and inconstant lover would send you to your grave.

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