The Merry Ploughboy lyrics and chords

The Merry Ploughboy is often known as Off to Dublin in the Green.

The chords are presented in the key of C. The lyrics are a parody of a British song, The Jolly Ploughboy, in which the English Ploughboy goes to fight for the British. In the Irish song the Ploughboy becomes a rebel and fights for the IRA.

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C 
Well I am a merry  
G 
ploughboy and I  
G7 
plough the fields all  
C 
day
 
‘Till a  
G 
sudden thought came to my mind that I should  
G7 
run 
 
a
C 
way
 
Well I’m sick and tired of  
G 
slavery since the  
F 
day that I was  
C 
born
 
So I’m  
G 
off to join the IRA and I’m off to
F 
morrow 
 
 
C 
morn

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So I’m off to Dublin in the green, in the green
Where the helmets glisten in the sun
Where the bayonets flash and the rifles crash
To the echo of a Thompson gun

I’ll leave aside my pick and spade, I’ll leave aside my plough
I’ll leave aside my old grey mare for no more I’ll need them now

And I’ll leave aside my Mary, she’s the girl that I adore
And I wonder if she’ll think of me when she hears the cannons roar

And when the war is over, and dear old Ireland’s free
I will take her to the church to wed and a rebel’s wife she’ll be

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[C]Well I am a merry [G]ploughboy and I [G7]plough the fields all [C]day
‘Till a [G]sudden thought came to my mind that I should [G7]run a[C]way
Well I’m sick and tired of [G]slavery since the [F]day that I was [C]born
So I’m [G]off to join the IRA and I’m off to[F]morrow [C]morn

So I’m off to Dublin in the green, in the green
Where the helmets glisten in the sun
Where the bayonets flash and the rifles crash
To the echo of a Thompson gun

I’ll leave aside my pick and spade, I’ll leave aside my plough
I’ll leave aside my old grey mare for no more I’ll need them now

And I’ll leave aside my Mary, she’s the girl that I adore
And I wonder if she’ll think of me when she hears the cannons roar

And when the war is over, and dear old Ireland’s free
I will take her to the church to wed and a rebel’s wife she’ll be

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