Gartan Mother's Lullaby Luke Kelly song lyrics and guitar chords
Written by Joseph Campbell. A sweet Irish folk song from around Donegal, first published 1904. [Gartan is Irish for small] Have a listen to Luke Kelly singing this beauty. Sheet music and whistle notes included with the guitar chords in the key that The Dubliners play the song in, key of C. The song was also recorded by folk singer Orla Fallon, The Corries and Meryl Streep to name a few.
[A]Sleep O babe, for the red bee hums the[D] silent twilight's[A] fall
Aoibheall from the grey rock comes, to wrap the world in [D]thrall
A[A] leanbhan O, my child, my joy, my love my heart's de[D]sire
And weeps to hear the[a] sad sleep tune I[D] sing 'O love for[a] you.
Dusk is drawn and the Green Man's thorn is wreathed in rings of fog
Siabhra sails his boat till morn, upon the Starry Bog
A leanbhan O, the paly moon hath brimmed her cusp in dew
And weeps to hear the sad sleep-tune, I sing O love to you.
Faintly sweet doth the chapel bell, ring o'er the valley dim
Tearmann's peasant voices swell, in fragrant evening hymn
A leanbhan O, the low bell rings, my little lamb to rest
And angel-dreams till morning sings, its music in your breast.
Here are the chords as played by Luke Kelly And The Dubliners.
The intro. chords, C F C F C F C F C F
[C]Sleep O [Em]babe, for the [Am]red bee [Emhums the[F] silent [C]twilight's fall
Aoibheall [G]from the [Am]grey rock [G]comes, to [F]wrap the [Em]world in [F]thral[G]l
A[C] leanbhan O, my [Am]child, my [G]joy, my [F]love my [Em]heart's de[F]sire[G]
The [F]crickets [C]sing you [Dm]lulla[Am]bys Be[Dm]side the [F]dying [C]fire