The Boys of Wexford lyrics and chords

The chords to The Boys of Wexford are presented in the key of D. The lyrics are about leading figures and battles in the 1798 Irish Rebellion.

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D 
In comes the captain’s daughter, the  
Bm 
Captain of the  
G 
Yeos
 
Saying  
D 
“Brave United Irishmen we’ll  
Bm 
ne’er again be  
A 
foes
 
A  
G 
thousand pounds I’ll  
D 
bring if you will  
G 
fly from home with  
Em 
me
 
And  
D 
dress myself in man’s attire and  
Bm 
fight for li
G 
ber
D 
ty!”

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We  
G 
are the boys of  
D 
Wexford, who  
G 
fought with heart and  
Em 
hand
 
To  
D 
burst in twain the galling chain and  
Bm 
free our  
G 
native 
 
 
D 
land

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I want no gold, my maiden fair, to fly from home with thee
Your shining eyes will be my prize more dear than gold to me
I want no gold to nerve my arm to do a true man’s part
To free my land I’d gladly give the red drops of my heart

And when we left our cabins boys we left with right good will
To see our friends and neighbours that were at Vinegar Hill
A young man from our Irish ranks, a cannon he let go
He slapt it into Lord Mountjoy a tyrant he laid low!

We bravely fought and conquered at Ross and Wexford town
Three Bullet Gate for years to come, will speak of our renown
Through Walpole’s horse and Walpole’s foot on Tubberneering’s day
Depending on the long bright pike we cut our gory way!

And Oulart’s name shall be their shame whose steel we ne’er did fear
For every man could do his part like Forth and Shelmalier
And if for want of leaders we lost at Vinegar Hill
We’re ready for another fight and love our country still!

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The Boys of Wexford lyrics and chords print version

[D]In comes the captain’s daughter, the [Bm]Captain of the [G]Yeos
Saying [D]“Brave United Irishmen we’ll [Bm]ne’er again be [A]foes
A [G]thousand pounds I’ll [D]bring if you will [G]fly from home with [Em]me
And [D]dress myself in man’s attire and [Bm]fight for li[G]ber[D]ty!”

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We [G]are the boys of [D]Wexford, who [G]fought with heart and [Em]hand
To [D]burst in twain the galling chain and [Bm]free our [G]native [D]land

I want no gold, my maiden fair, to fly from home with thee
Your shining eyes will be my prize more dear than gold to me
I want no gold to nerve my arm to do a true man’s part
To free my land I’d gladly give the red drops of my heart

And when we left our cabins boys we left with right good will
To see our friends and neighbours that were at Vinegar Hill
A young man from our Irish ranks, a cannon he let go
He slapt it into Lord Mountjoy a tyrant he laid low!

We bravely fought and conquered at Ross and Wexford town
Three Bullet Gate for years to come, will speak of our renown
Through Walpole’s horse and Walpole’s foot on Tubberneering’s day
Depending on the long bright pike we cut our gory way!

And Oulart’s name shall be their shame whose steel we ne’er did fear
For every man could do his part like Forth and Shelmalier
And if for want of leaders we lost at Vinegar Hill
We’re ready for another fight and love our country still!

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