The Galway Races – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to The Galway Races describe how people came from all across Ireland to enjoy a day at the races. The chords are displayed here in the key of A major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.


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As I went down to Galway Town,To seek for recreation
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On the  
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seventeenth of  
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August, Me  
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mind being eleva
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ted
 
There were passengers assem
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bled, With their  
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tickets at the  
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station
 
And me  
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eyes began to dazzle, And they  
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off to see the  
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races
 
With me  
F#m 
wack fol the  
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do fol, The
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diddle idle day.

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There were passengers from Limerick
And passengers from Nenagh
The boys of Connemara
And the Clare unmarried maiden
There were people from Cork City
Who were loyal, true and faithful
Who brought home the Fenian prisoners
From dying in foreign nations.

And it’s there you’ll see the pipers
And the fiddlers competing
And the sporting wheel of fortune
And the four and twenty quarters
And there’s others without scruple
Pelting wattles at poor Maggie
And her father well contented
And he gazing at his daughter.

And it’s there you’ll see the jockeys
And they mounted on so stably
The pink, the blue, the orange, and green
The colors of our nation
The time it came for starting
All the horses seemed impatient
Their feet they hardly touched the ground
The speed was so amazing!

There was half a million people there
Of all denominations
The Catholic, the Protestant, the Jew, the Presbyterian
Yet there was no animosity
No matter what persuasion
But failte hospitality
Inducing fresh acquaintance.

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[A]As I went down to Galway Town,To seek for recreation

On the [F#m]seventeenth of [D]August, Me [E]mind being eleva[A]ted

There were passengers assem[E]bled, With their [D]tickets at the [A]station

And me [F#m]eyes began to dazzle, And they [E]off to see the [A]races

With me [F#m]wack fol the [E]do fol, The[F#m] diddle idle day.

There were passengers from Limerick
And passengers from Nenagh
The boys of Connemara
And the Clare unmarried maiden
There were people from Cork City
Who were loyal, true and faithful
Who brought home the Fenian prisoners
From dying in foreign nations.

And it’s there you’ll see the pipers
And the fiddlers competing
And the sporting wheel of fortune
And the four and twenty quarters
And there’s others without scruple
Pelting wattles at poor Maggie
And her father well contented
And he gazing at his daughter.

And it’s there you’ll see the jockeys
And they mounted on so stably
The pink, the blue, the orange, and green
The colors of our nation
The time it came for starting
All the horses seemed impatient
Their feet they hardly touched the ground
The speed was so amazing!

There was half a million people there
Of all denominations
The Catholic, the Protestant, the Jew, the Presbyterian
Yet there was no animosity
No matter what persuasion
But failte hospitality
Inducing fresh acquaintance.

The Galway Races videos
The Galway Races lyrics and chords

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