Irish Molly-O – lyrics and chords

The chords to Irish Molly-O are presented here in the key of D minor. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics are about a Scotsman that is in love with an Irish girl but is forbidden from seeing her by her father.

 
F 
Oh, who is this poor foreigner that’s  
Dm 
lately come to town?
 
And like a ghost that cannot rest still  
Bb 
wanders up up and  
Am 
down.
 
A  
Dm 
poor unhappy Scottish youth; if  
Bb 
more than you wish to  
Gm 
know
 
His heart is breaking  
F 
all for love of  
Gm 
Irish 
 
 
Am 
Molly-
Dm 
O.

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When Molly’s father heard of it, a solemn oath he swore
That if she’d wed a foreigner he’d never see her no more
He sent for young MacDonald and he plainly told him so
“To a foreigner I’ll never give my Irish Molly-O.”

MacDonald heard the heavy news and grievously did say
“Farewell my lovely Molly, for I am banished far away
A poor forlorn pilgrim I must wander to and fro
And all for loving of my dear, my Irish Molly-O.”

“There’s a rose in Ireland, I thought it would be mine
But now that she is lost to me I must forever pine
Till death it comes to comfort me, for to the grave I’ll go
And all for loving of my dear, my Irish Molly-O.”

“And now when I am dying, this one request I crave
To place a marble tombstone above my humble grave
And on the stone these simple words I want engraven so
Young MacDonald lost his life for love of Irish Molly-O.”

Irish Molly-O lyrics and chords print version

[F]Oh, who is this poor foreigner that’s [Dm]lately come to town?
And like a ghost that cannot rest still [Bb]wanders up up and [Am]down.
A [Dm]poor unhappy Scottish youth; if [Bb]more than you wish to [Gm]know
His heart is breaking [F]all for love of [Gm]Irish [Am]Molly-[Dm]O.

When Molly’s father heard of it, a solemn oath he swore
That if she’d wed a foreigner he’d never see her no more
He sent for young MacDonald and he plainly told him so
“To a foreigner I’ll never give my Irish Molly-O.”

MacDonald heard the heavy news and grievously did say
“Farewell my lovely Molly, for I am banished far away
A poor forlorn pilgrim I must wander to and fro
And all for loving of my dear, my Irish Molly-O.”

“There’s a rose in Ireland, I thought it would be mine
But now that she is lost to me I must forever pine
Till death it comes to comfort me, for to the grave I’ll go
And all for loving of my dear, my Irish Molly-O.”

“And now when I am dying, this one request I crave
To place a marble tombstone above my humble grave
And on the stone these simple words I want engraven so
Young MacDonald lost his life for love of Irish Molly-O.”

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