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An Irish Harvest Day

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An Irish Harvest Day Song Lyrics And Guitar Chords. Words and music by Michael Molloney. The youtube video is by Roisin Crawley and friends. There's a key change in her version, it starts in the key of C Major and the final verse and chorus is played in D Major. This is an optional key change. Chords by Angela who also provided the tin whistle sheet music notes.

C / F – C – G / F – C

 1. As (C) I walk round (F) London (C) city 'neath the (F) skies so dark and (C) grey,
  I cannot (F) hear fa(C)miliar sounds; my (F) mind is (C) drifting a(G)way
  A(C)cross the (F) deep blue (C) ocean and (F) down that old road(C)way
  To see a(F)gain that (C) threshing mill on an (G) Irish (F) harvest (C) day.
 

It's An Irish (F) harvest (C) day now (F) long past a(C)way,
  Beau(F)tiful (C) memories (F) will ne(C)ver de(G)cay.
  And no (C) matter (F) where I (C)wander and no (F) matter where I (C) stray,
  I tread a(F)gain my (C) footsteps on an (G) Irish (F) harvest (C) day.
 
C / F – C – G / F – C
 

I can see my (F) dear old (C) mother out(F)side our cabin (C)door
  Singing (F) some old (C) Irish song I (F)  long to (C) hear once (G) more,
  And I (C) wonder (F) if she's (C)waiting with those (F) kind word she might (G) say.
  God (C) bless you (F) all and (C) welcome home on this (G) Irish (F) harvest (C) day.
 

It's An Irish (F) harvest (C) day now (F) long past a(C)way,
  Beau(F)tiful (C) memories (F) will ne(C)ver de(G)cay.
  And no (C) matter (F) where I (C) wander and no (F) matter where I (C) stray,
  I tread a(F)gain my (C) footsteps on an (G) Irish (F) harvest (C) day.
 
 
(D) Every(G)thing has (D) changed now; there's (G) no one there no (D) more.
  The roses (G) they’re all (D) dead and gone a(G)round that (D) homestead (A) door.
  The (D) young folks (G) are all (D) scattered and the (G) old ones passed a(D)way.
  There's no one (G) left to (D) greet me on this (A) Irish (G) harvest (D) day.
 
It's An Irish (G) harvest (D) day now (G) long past a(D)way,
  Beau(G)tiful (D) memories (G) will ne(D)ver de(A)cay.
  And no (D) matter (G) where I (D)wander and no (G) matter where I (D) stray,
  I tread a(G)gain my (D) footsteps on an (A) Irish (G) harvest (D) day
  I tread a(G)gain my (D) footsteps on an (A) Irish (G) harvest (D) day

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Country music in Ireland didn't start until the 1970s. This was well after it became popular in America and elsewhere. Country music in general is a  spin-off from Folk music, that's why when you have a good listen to a country song and it's timing you'll notice that it's very close to the beat of a folk song. At times it's hard to distinguish between the two. Country music in Ireland has really taken off in the last 20 years. There are now more bands playing country songs than folk.

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The sheet music notes above are in the key of G and can be played on a D whistle. The original version is in a key that wasn't suitable for the whistle. I have also included the letter notes below for those who don't read music. The notes in CAPITAL LETTERS are the ones up as far as middle B and the lower case letters are the higher ones. I have listened to a couple of version of this song and they all included a key change near the end, it's not necessary to change the key of most songs and it's usually only done to make the tune more interesting to listen to.

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