O’Donnell Abu lyrics and chords

The chords to O’Donnell Abu are presented in the key of G. The lyrics were written by Michael Joseph McCann. They are a war cry for the Irish and are about ‘Red Hugh’ O’Donnell, Lord of Triconnell. O’Donnell defeated the English forces at Ballyshannon, Co Donegal in 1597.

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G 
Proudly the note of the  
Em 
trumpet is sounding
Am 
Loudly the  
C 
war cries  
G 
heard on the  
D 
gale
G 
Fleetly the steed by Lough  
Em 
Swilly is  
G 
bounding
 
To  
Am 
join the great  
D7 
squadrons on  
C 
Saimer’s green  
G 
vale
 
On every mountaineer  
Em 
strangers to fight or fear
C 
Rush to the  
G 
standard of  
Am 
dauntless Red  
D7 
Hugh
G 
Bonnaught or Gallow glass  
Em 
throng from each  
G 
mountain
 
Pass with  
Am 
“Onward for  
D7 
Erin 
 
O’
C 
Donnell 
 
A
G 
bu!”

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Princely O’Neill to our aid is advancing
With many a chieftain and warrior clan
A thousand proud steeds in his vanguard are prancing
‘Neath borderers brave from the Banks of the Bann
Many a heart shall quail under its coat of mail
Deeply the merciless foeman shall rue
When on his ear shall ring borne on the breeze’s wing
Tir Connell’s dread war cry “O’Donnell Abu!”

Wildly o’er Desmond the war wolf is howling
Fearless the eagle sweeps over the plain
The fox in the streets of the city is prowling
And all who would scare them are banished or slain
Grasp every stalwart hand, hackbut and battle-brand
Pay them all back the deep debt so long due
Norris and Clifford well can of Tir Connell tell
Onward to glory, O’Donnell Abu!

Sacred the cause that Clan Connell’s defending
The alters we kneel at, the homes of our sires
Rithless the ruin the foe is extending
Midnight is red with the plunderer’s fires
On with O’Donnell then, fight the old fight again
Sons of Tir Connell all valiant and true
Make the false Saxon feel Erin’s avenging steel
Strike for your country, O’Donnell Abu!

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O’Donnell Abu lyrics and chords print version

[G]Proudly the note of the [Em]trumpet is sounding
[Am]Loudly the [C]war cries [G]heard on the [D]gale
[G]Fleetly the steed by Lough [Em]Swilly is [G]bounding
To [Am]join the great [D7]squadrons on [C]Saimer’s green [G]vale
On every mountaineer [Em]strangers to fight or fear
[C]Rush to the [G]standard of [Am]dauntless Red [D7]Hugh
[G]Bonnaught or Gallow glass [Em]throng from each [G]mountain
Pass with [Am]“Onward for [D7]Erin O’[C]Donnell A[G]bu!”

Princely O’Neill to our aid is advancing
With many a chieftain and warrior clan
A thousand proud steeds in his vanguard are prancing
‘Neath borderers brave from the Banks of the Bann
Many a heart shall quail under its coat of mail
Deeply the merciless foeman shall rue
When on his ear shall ring borne on the breeze’s wing
Tir Connell’s dread war cry “O’Donnell Abu!”

Wildly o’er Desmond the war wolf is howling
Fearless the eagle sweeps over the plain
The fox in the streets of the city is prowling
And all who would scare them are banished or slain
Grasp every stalwart hand, hackbut and battle-brand
Pay them all back the deep debt so long due
Norris and Clifford well can of Tir Connell tell
Onward to glory, O’Donnell Abu!

Sacred the cause that Clan Connell’s defending
The alters we kneel at, the homes of our sires
Rithless the ruin the foe is extending
Midnight is red with the plunderer’s fires
On with O’Donnell then, fight the old fight again
Sons of Tir Connell all valiant and true
Make the false Saxon feel Erin’s avenging steel
Strike for your country, O’Donnell Abu!

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