Boolavogue lyrics and chords

The lyrics to Boolavogue were written by one of Ireland’s greatest songwriters, P J McCall.

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The song recounts the story of Father Murphy who won a serious of battles against British forces in Wexford during the 1798 Rebellion.

However, McCall didn’t write the song until 1898 – fully one hundred years afterwards.

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The lyrics tell the story in the first person, as if the singer had taken part in the rebellion.

The chords are presented here in D Major.

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At  
D 
Boolavogue as the  
Bm 
sun was  
G 
setting,
 
O’er the  
D 
bright May mea
Bm 
dow of Shel
Em 
malier,
G 
 
A  
D 
rebel hand set the  
Bm 
heather 
 
 
G 
blazing,
 
And  
D 
brought the  
Bm 
neighbours from  
Em 
far and  
D 
near.
 
Then  
D 
Father 
 
 
D7 
Murphy from  
G 
old 
 
Kil
Em 
cormack
 
Spurred up  
D 
the rock  
Bm 
with a  
Em 
warlike 
 
 
G 
cry,
 
Arm,  
D 
arm he cried, for I’ve  
Bm 
come to  
G 
lead 
 
you,
 
For  
D 
Ireland’s 
 
free
Bm 
dom we  
G 
will fight or  
D 
die.

He led us on against the coming soldiers,
The cowardly yeomen we put to fight,
‘Twas at The Harrow, the boys of Wexford
Showed Bookey’s regiments how men could fight,
Look out for hirelings, King George of England,
Search every kingdom where breathes a slave,
For Fr. Murphy from County Wexford,
Sweeps or the land like a mighty wave.

We took Camolin and Enniscorthy and Wexford,
Storming, drove out our foes.
‘Twas at Slieve Coilte our pikes were reeking
With the crimson stream of the beaten Yeos,
At Tubberneering and Ballyellis
Full many a Hessian lay in his gore.
Ah Father Murphy, had aid come over,
The Green Flag floated from shore to shore

At Vinegar Hill o’re the pleasant Slaney
Our heroes vainly stood back to back.
And the yeos at Tullow took Fr. Murphy
And burned his body upon the rack.
God grant you glory brave Fr. Murphy,
And open heaven to all your men,
The cause that called you, may come tomorrow,
In another fight for the green again.

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Lyrics and Chords

Boolavogue lyrics and chords print version

At [D]Boolavogue as the [Bm]sun was [G]setting,
O’er the [D]bright May mea[Bm]dow of Shel[Em]malier,[G]
A [D]rebel hand set the [Bm]heather [G]blazing,
And [D]brought the [Bm]neighbours from [Em]far and [D]near.
Then [D]Father [D7]Murphy from [G]old Kil[Em]cormack
Spurred up [D]the rock [Bm]with a [Em]warlike [G]cry,
Arm, [D]arm he cried, for I’ve [Bm]come to [G]lead you,
For [D]Ireland’s free[Bm]dom we [G]will fight or [D]die.

He led us on against the coming soldiers,
The cowardly yeomen we put to fight,
‘Twas at The Harrow, the boys of Wexford
Showed Bookey’s regiments how men could fight,
Look out for hirelings, King George of England,
Search every kingdom where breathes a slave,
For Fr. Murphy from County Wexford,
Sweeps or the land like a mighty wave.

We took Camolin and Enniscorthy and Wexford,
Storming, drove out our foes.
‘Twas at Slieve Coilte our pikes were reeking
With the crimson stream of the beaten Yeos,
At Tubberneering and Ballyellis
Full many a Hessian lay in his gore.
Ah Father Murphy, had aid come over,
The Green Flag floated from shore to shore

At Vinegar Hill o’re the pleasant Slaney
Our heroes vainly stood back to back.
And the yeos at Tullow took Fr. Murphy
And burned his body upon the rack.
God grant you glory brave Fr. Murphy,
And open heaven to all your men,
The cause that called you, may come tomorrow,
In another fight for the green again.

Boolavogue
Boolavogue Vinegar Hill
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Boolavogue videos
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