Spancil Hill lyrics and chords
Recorded by Christy Moore with Shane MacGowan, The Wolfe Tones, also by Johnny McEvoy. the sheet music and tin whistle notes are included. Written by Michael Considine Spancil Hill is between Ennis and Tulla County Clare The song dates back to the 1870s. This ballad was recently recorded by the Irish ballad group ''The High Kings'' on their album Grace And Glory. The ukulele chords are now included.
Last[Am] night as I lay[G] dreaming,of pleasant days gone[Am] by,
Me mind being bent on rambling,to[C] Ireland I did[G] fly,
I[Am] stepped on board a vision,and[C] followed with a[G] will,
Till the[Am] first I came to[G] anchor at the cross at Spancil[Am] Hill,
T'was on the twenty third of June,the day before the fair,
When Ireland's sons and daughters,and friends assembled there,
The young the old the brave the bold,thier duty to full fill,
At the parish Church near Clooney,a mile from Spancil Hill.
I went to see me neighbours to see what they might say,
The old one's were all dead and gone,the young one's turning grey,
I met with tailor Quigley,he's as bold as ever still,
Sure he used to make me britches when I lived in Spancil Hill.
I paid a flying visit to my first and only love,
She's as fair as any lilly as gently as a dove,
She threw her arms around me saying Johnny I love ye still,
She was Meg the farmer's daughter,the pride of Spaincil Hill.
Here's the chords as played by Christy Moore with Shane MacGowan. If you don't like playing Bm chords then put a capo on the 2nd fret and play the version above and you'll be in the key of Bm.
Last[Bm] night as I lay[A] dreaming,of pleasant days gone[Bm] by,
Me mind being bent on rambling,to[D] Ireland I did[A] fly,
I[Bm] stepped on board a vision,and[D] followed with a[A] will,
And I shortly[Bm] came to[A] anchor at the cross at Spancil[Bm] Hill,
The Dubliner's version with Jim McCann singing is in
the key of Dm and uses the chords below.
[Dm]Last night as I lay [C]dreaming, of pleasant days gone Dm]by,
Me mind being bent on rambling, to [C]Ireland I did [G]fly.
I [Dm]stepped on board a vision and I [C]followed with the [G]will,
'Til [Dm]next I came to [C]anchor at the Cross of Spancil[Dm]hill.