Henry Joy – lyrics and chords

The chords to Henry Joy are presented here in the key of F major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics are written from the point of view of a soldier who fought alongside Henry Joy McCracken in the rebellion in Leinster in May 1798.

 
F 
An Ulsterman I am proud to be
 
From the  
Bb 
Antrim glens I  
C7 
come
 
Al
F 
though I labour by the sea
 
I have followed  
Bb 
flag and drum
 
I have  
F 
heard the  
Bb 
martial 
 
 
F 
tramp of  
Dm 
men
 
I’ve  
Bb 
seen them fight and  
C7 
die
 
Ah,  
F 
lads I well remember when
 
I followed  
Bb 
Henry 
 
Joy.

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I pulled my boat up from the sea
I hid my sails away
I hung my nets on a greenwood tree
And I scanned the moonlit bay.
The boys were out, and the Redcoats too
I kissed my wife goodbye
And in the shade of the greenwood glade
I followed Henry Joy.

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In Antrim town the tyrant stood
He tore our ranks with a ball
But with a cheer and a pike to clear
We swept them o’er the wall.
Our pikes and sabres flashed that day
We won, we lost, ah, why?
No matter lads, I fought beside
And shieded Henry Joy.

Ah, boys, for Ireland’s cause we fought
For her and home we bled
Though our pikes were few still our heart beat true
And five to one lay dead.
And many a lassie mourned her lad
And mother mourned her boy
For youth was strong in that gallant throng
Who followed Henry Joy.

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[F]An Ulsterman I am proud to be
From the [Bb]Antrim glens I [C7]come
Al[F]though I labour by the sea
I have followed [Bb]flag and drum.
I have [F]heard the [Bb]martial [F]tramp of [Dm]men
I’ve [Bb]seen them fight and [C7]die
Ah, [F]lads I well remember when
I followed [Bb]Henry Joy.

I pulled my boat up from the sea
I hid my sails away
I hung my nets on a greenwood tree
And I scanned the moonlit bay.
The boys were out, and the Redcoats too
I kissed my wife goodbye
And in the shade of the greenwood glade
I followed Henry Joy.

In Antrim town the tyrant stood
He tore our ranks with a ball
But with a cheer and a pike to clear
We swept them o’er the wall.
Our pikes and sabres flashed that day
We won, we lost, ah, why?
No matter lads, I fought beside
And shieded Henry Joy.

Ah, boys, for Ireland’s cause we fought
For her and home we bled
Though our pikes were few still our heart beat true
And five to one lay dead.
And many a lassie mourned her lad
And mother mourned her boy
For youth was strong in that gallant throng
Who followed Henry Joy.

Henry Joy videos
Henry Joy lyrics and chords

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