Sean South from Garryowen lyrics and chords

The chords to Sean South from Garryowen are presented in the key of G. The lyrics tell the story of Sean South who led a band of men from the Patrick Pearse Column of the IRA.

South and his men attacked the Royal Ulster Constabulary barracks in Brookborough, Co Fermanagh on 31st December 1957. The raid went badly wrong and Sean South died in the skirmish along with Fergal O’Hanlon.

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It was  
G 
on a dreary  
Em 
New Year ’s Eve as  
C 
shades of night came  
G 
down
 
And a lorry load of  
C 
volun
G 
teers 
 
app
Em 
roached a  
C 
border 
 
 
D7 
town
 
There were  
G 
men from Dublin  
C 
and from  
G 
Cork, 
 
Fer
Em 
managh 
 
 
C 
and 
 
Ty
D7 
rone
 
And the  
G 
leader was a  
Em 
Limerick man, Sean  
C 
South from Garry
G 
owen 
 
 

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And as they moved along the street up to the barracks door
They scorned the dangers they would meet; the fate that lay in store
They were fighting for old Ireland’s to claim their very own
And their leader was a Limerick man, Sean South from Garryowen

But the sergeant spied their daring plan, he spied them through the door
With their sten guns and their rifle shots a hail of death did pour
And when that awful night had passed two men lay cold as stone
And one was from a border town and one from Garryowen

No more he’ll hear the seagulls cry o’er the murmuring Shannon tide
For he fell beneath a northern sky, brave Hanlon by his side
He has gone to join that gallant band of Plunkett, Pearse and Tone
Another martyr for old Ireland Sean South of Ggarryowen

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It was [G]on a dreary [Em]New Year ’s Eve as [C]shades of night came [G]down
And a lorry load of [C]volun[G]teers app[Em]roached a [C]border [D7]town
There were [G]men from Dublin [C]and from [G]Cork, Fer[Em]managh [C]and Ty[D7]rone
And the [G]leader was a [Em]Limerick man, Sean [C]South from Garry[G]owen

And as they moved along the street up to the barracks door
They scorned the dangers they would meet; the fate that lay in store
They were fighting for old Ireland’s to claim their very own
And their leader was a Limerick man, Sean South from Garryowen

But the sergeant spied their daring plan, he spied them through the door
With their sten guns and their rifle shots a hail of death did pour
And when that awful night had passed two men lay cold as stone
And one was from a border town and one from Garryowen

No more he’ll hear the seagulls cry o’er the murmuring Shannon tide
For he fell beneath a northern sky, brave Hanlon by his side
He has gone to join that gallant band of Plunkett, Pearse and Tone
Another martyr for old Ireland Sean South of Ggarryowen

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