Red Is The Rose Song Lyrics And Chords
A traditional song. The video is of myself singing Red Is The Rose. It was also recorded by The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem, more recent it has been recorded by The High Kings, Nancy Griffits and by Orla Fallon to name a few. If you want to play along with the youtube video of myself then I'm playing in the key of D Major.
[D]Come over the hills, my[A] bonnie Irish [G]lass
Come [D]over the hills to your[G] dar[A]ling
[G]You choose the [D]rose love, and[G] I'll make the[A] vow
And [D]I'll be your[G] true[D] love for[A]ev[D]er
Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows
Fair is the lily of the valley
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne
But my love is fairer than any
'Twas down by Killarney's green woods we strayed
The moon and the stars they were shining
The moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair
She swore she'd be my love forever
It's not for the parting that my sister pains
It's not for the grief of my mother
'Tis all for the loss of my bonnie Irish lass
That my heart is breaking forever
There has been much speculation as to who wrote Red Is The Rose and was it written by Tommy Makem. Well I can't say who wrote it but I can say for certain that it wasn't Tommy. The first recording was done by Josephine Beirne And George Sweetman who called it My Bonnie Irish Lass and recorded it in 1934 on the Decca Record label. It's on youtube. So it's still safe to call it a ''Traditional Song''.
Here's the guitar chords in the key of G.
[G]Come over the hills, my[D] bonnie Irish [C]lass
Come [G]over the hills to your[C] dar[D]ling
[C]You choose the [G]rose love, and[C] I'll make the[D] vow
And [G]I'll be your[C] true[G] love for[D]ev[G]er