Four Green Fields Lyrics And Chords
Written by Tommy Makem. The Clancy Brothers.This song is a parable of the British colonization of Ireland,The old woman in the song is Ireland And the four green fields are the provinces of Ulster Munster Connaught And Leinster. Written by Tommy Makem, an Irish rebel song.
[D]What[A7] did I[D] have said the[G] fine old wo[D]man,
[D]What[A7] did I[D] have,this[Em] fine old woman did [A7]say,
I have[D] four[A7] Green[D] fields,each one[G] was a je[A]wel,
But[D] stran[A]gers[D] came and[G] tried to take them from[A] me,
I had[D] fine[A] strong[D] sons,they fought to[G] save my je[A]wels,
They[G] fought and they[D] died,and that was my[A] greef said[D] she.
Long time ago said the fine old woman,
Long time ago this fine old woman did say,
There was war and death,plundering and pillage,
My children starved,by mountain vally and streem,
And their wailing cry,it shook the very heavens,
My four Green fields ran red with their blood said she.
What have I now said the fine old woman
What have I now this proud old woman did say,
I have four Green fields,one of them's in bondage,
In strangers hands,that tried to take them from me,
But my sons have sons as brave as were their fathers,
My four Green fields will bloom once again said she,
My forth Green field will bloom once agai
FOUR GREEN FIELDS Key Of C' 3/4
I got this version from Marc Fahrbach, It's good to have a few versions in different keys as every body's voice changes over the years, a song you may have played when you were 18 years old in the key of D' will have changed to the key of E by the time you reach 30, the voice deepens with age
(C)'What (G)did I (C)have?' said the (F)fine old (C)woman,
'What (G)did I (C)have?' this (D)proud old woman did (G)say
'I had (C)four (G7)green (C)fields, each one (F)was a (G7)jewel,
But (C)stran(G7)gers (C)came and (D7)tried to take them from (G7)me.
I had (C)fine (G7)strong (C)sons they fought to (F)save my (G7)jewels,
They (F)fought (G7)and they (C)died and that was my (G7)grief' said (C)she.
(C)'Long (G)time a(C)go' said the (F)fine old (C)woman,
'Long (G)time a(C)go' this (D)proud old woman did (G)say,
'There was (C)war (G7)and (C)death, plunde(F)ring and (G7)pillage.
My (C)chil(G7)dren (C)starved by (D7)mountain valley and (G7)sea,
and their (C)wai(G7)ling (C)cries they reached the (F)very (G7)heavens.
And my (F)four (G7)green (C)fields ran red with their (G7)blood' said (C)she.
(C)'What (G)have I (C)now?' said the (F)fine old (C)woman,
'What (G)have I (C)now?' this (D)proud old woman did (G)say.
'I have (C)four (G7)green (C)fields, one of (F)them's in (G7)bondage,
In (C)stran(G7)gers (C)hands who (D7)tried to take it from (G7)me.
But my (C)sons (G7)they have (C)sons as brave as (F)were their (G7)fathers,
And my (F)four (G7)green (C)fields will bloom once a(G7)gain' said (C)she.