Leaving Nancy Song lyrics and guitar chords
Recorded by The Fureys, Signe Svendsen & Niels Hausgaard, Ronnie Drew With The Dubliners, Paddy Reilly. written by Eric Bogle as a farewell to his mother while emigrating from Scotland to Australia. I have included the chords in the key of D and F. The fureys play the song in the key of F with Finbar singing. The tin whistle sheet music is included along with the letter notes.
In[D] comes the train and the[Em] whole platform [G]shakes,
It[D] stops with a shutter,and a[G] screaming of[D] brakes,
The parting has come,and my[Em] weary soul[G] aches,
Im[A] leaving my[A7] Nancy[D] O'
But you stand there so calmly determindly gay,
And you talk of yhr weather and events of the day,
But your eyes tell me all that your tongue doesn't say,
Goodbye my Nancy O'
And come a little closer,put your head upon my shoulder,
And let me hold you one more time,before the whistle blows.
My suitcase is lifted and stowed on the train,
And a thousand regrets whirl around in my brain,
And the ache in my heart is a black sea of pain,
Im leaving my Nancy O'
And you stand there so calmly so lovely to see,
But the grip of your hand is an unspoken plea,
Your not fooling yourself,and your not fooling me,
Good-by my Nancy O'
For our time has run out and the whistle has blown,
And here I must leave you standing alone,
We have so little time and now the time's gone
Good-bye my Nancy O'
And as the train starts gently to roll,
And as I lean out to wave and to call,
I see your first tears,trickle and fall,
Good-bye my Nancy O'
Here are the basic letter notes. All the F notes are sharp.
G G G G G G G E E E
In comes the train and the whole platform shakes
E F F F F F G A G G E D
It stops with a shudder and a screaming of brakes
G G G G G G G F E F E
The parting has come and my weary soul aches
E F F E DE F G
I'm leaving my Nancy, oh
G G G G G F E
And come a little closer
G G F FF A B G E D
Put your head upon my shoulder
G G G G G F E E
And let me hold you one last time
E F E D E F G
Before the whistle blows
Here's the chords as played in the Fureys version.
In[F] comes the train and the[Bb] whole platform shakes,
It[C] stops with a shutter,and a[Bb] screaming of[F] brakes,
The parting has come,and my[Bb] weary soul aches,
Im[C] leaving my Nancy[F] O'
And [F]come a little [Bb]closer,put your [C]head upon my [F]shoulder,
And let me hold you [Bb]one more time,be[C]fore the whistle [F]blows.