Last Rose of Summer – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to The Last Rose of Summer is about the sadness of life once a person’s friends and loved ones have passed on. The song was originally written as a poem by Thomas Moore and was later set to an old Irish folk tune.

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The chords are presented here in G Major, the same key used by Clannad in their version of The Last Rose of Summer. The Fureys play the song in the key A Major. Place a capo on the second fret and play the chord shapes shown below to play The Last Rose of Summer in A Major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.

 
G 
’Tis the last  
C 
rose of  
G 
summer, left  
Em 
blooming 
 
 
D7 
all 
 
 
G 
alone.
 
All her love
C 
ly 
 
com
G 
panions are  
Em 
faded 
 
 
D7 
and 
 
 
G 
gone.
 
No  
Em 
flower of her  
G 
kindred, no  
Em 
rose bud is  
C 
nigh
 
To re
G 
flect 
 
 
C 
back her  
G 
blushes and  
Em 
give 
 
 
D7 
sigh for  
G 
sigh.

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I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one to pine on the stem
Since the lovely are sleeping, go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter thy leaves o’er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow, when friendships decay
And from love’s shining circle the gems drop away.
When true hearts lie withered and fond ones are flown
Oh who would inhabit this bleak world alone!

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[G]’Tis the last [C]rose of [G]summer, left [Em]blooming [D7]all [G]alone.
All her love[C]ly com[G]panions are [Em]faded [D7]and [G]gone.
No [Em]flower of her [G]kindred, no [Em]rose bud is [C]nigh
To re[G]flect [C]back her [G]blushes and [Em]give [D7]sigh for [G]sigh.

I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one to pine on the stem
Since the lovely are sleeping, go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter thy leaves o’er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow, when friendships decay
And from love’s shining circle the gems drop away.
When true hearts lie withered and fond ones are flown
Oh who would inhabit this bleak world alone!

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Last Rose of Summer lyrics and chords

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