If I Was A Blackbird – lyrics and chords

The chords to If I Was A Blackbird presented here in the key of F major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics are about a woman that is married to a sailor and dreams of seeing him when he returns back home from sea.

 
F 
I am a young maiden and my story is  
C7 
sad
 
For once I was  
 
courted by a  
F 
brave sailor  
C7 
lad
 
He  
F 
courted me strongly by night and by  
C7 
day
 
But now my dear  
 
sailor is  
C7 
gone far a
F 
way.
Chorus
 
F 
If I was a blackbird I’d whistle and  
C7 
sing
 
And I’d follow the  
 
ship that my  
F 
true love sails  
C7 
in
 
And  
F 
on the top riggings I’d there build a  
C7 
nest
 
And I’d pillow my  
 
head on his  
C7 
lily white  
F 
breast.

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He promised to take me to Donnybrook fair
To buy me red ribbon to bind up my hair.
And when he’d return from the ocean so wide
He’d take me and make me his own loving bride.

Chorus

His parents they slight me and will not agree
That I and my sailor boy married should be.
But when he comes home I will greet him with joy
And I’ll take to my bosom my dear sailor boy.

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If I Was A Blackbird lyrics and chords print version

[F]I am a young maiden and my story is [C7]sad
For once I was [(Gm)]courted by a [F]brave sailor [C7]lad.
He [F]courted me strongly by night and by [C7]day
But now my dear [(Gm)]sailor is [C7]gone far a[F]way.

Chorus

[F]If I was a blackbird I’d whistle and [C7]sing
And I’d follow the [(Gm)]ship that my [F]true love sails [C7]in.
And [F]on the top riggings I’d there build a [C7]nest
And I’d pillow my [(Gm)]head on his [C7]lily white [F]breast.

He promised to take me to Donnybrook fair
To buy me red ribbon to bind up my hair.
And when he’d return from the ocean so wide
He’d take me and make me his own loving bride.

Chorus

His parents they slight me and will not agree
That I and my sailor boy married should be.
But when he comes home I will greet him with joy
And I’ll take to my bosom my dear sailor boy.

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If I Was A Blackbird lyrics and chords

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