The Nightingale – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to the Nightingale describe a soldier and a romance he has with a woman while away from his wife on duty. The chords are presented here in the key of E major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.


E 
As I went a walking one  
B7 
morning in  
E 
May
 
I met a young couple who fondle did  
B7 
stray
E 
One was a young maid so sweet and so  
B7 
fair
 
And the  
E 
other was a  
A 
soldier and a  
B7 
brave 
 
grena
E 
dier.
Chorus
 
And they kissed so sweet and  
A 
comforting, as they  
B7 
clung to each  
E 
other
 
They went arm and arm along the road like sister and  
B7 
brother
 
They went  
E 
arm and arm along the road, till they came to a  
B7 
stream
 
And the  
E 
both sat down tog
A 
ether to hear the  
B7 
nightingale 
 
 
E 
sing.

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From out of his knapsack he took out a fine fiddle
And he played her such merry tunes that you ever did hear
Ans he played her such merry tunes that the valleys did ring
And they both sat down together to hear the nightingale sing.

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O soldier, O soldier will you marry me
O no said the soldier, that never can be
For I have my own wife at home in my own country
And she is the sweetest little thing that you ever did see.

Chorus

Now I’m off to India for seven long years
Drinking wines and strong whiskey instead of cool beers;
And if I ever return again it’ll be in the spring
And we’ll both sit down together and hear the nightingale sing.

Chorus

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The Nightingale lyrics and chords print version

[E]As I went a walking one [B7]morning in [E]May
I met a young couple who fondle did [B7]stray
[E]One was a young maid so sweet and so [B7]fair
And the [E]other was a [A]soldier and a [B7]brave grena[E]dier.

Chorus

And they kissed so sweet and [A]comforting, as they [B7]clung to each [E]other
They went arm and arm along the road like sister and [B7]brother
They went [E]arm and arm along the road, till they came to a [B7]stream
And the [E]both sat down tog[A]ether to hear the [B7]nightingale [E]sing.

From out of his knapsack he took out a fine fiddle
And he played her such merry tunes that you ever did hear
Ans he played her such merry tunes that the valleys did ring
And they both sat down together to hear the nightingale sing.

Chorus

O soldier, O soldier will you marry me
O no said the soldier, that never can be
For I have my own wife at home in my own country
And she is the sweetest little thing that you ever did see.

Chorus

Now I’m off to India for seven long years
Drinking wines and strong whiskey instead of cool beers;
And if I ever return again it’ll be in the spring
And we’ll both sit down together and hear the nightingale sing.

Chorus

The Nightingale lyrics and chords
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