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The Ballad Of St. Annes Reel Lyrics And Chords. Written by David Mallett, recorded by Johnny McEvoy , The Dubliners and John Denver recorded this lovely sweet song. The video is The Dublin City Ramblers.

He[D] was stranded in some tiny town
On[G] fair Princes[D] Isle
Awaiting for a ship to[A] come and find him
A one[G] horse place a[A] friendly face
Some[D] coffee[G] and a tiny trace
Of[D] fiddlin in the[A] distant far be[D]hind him
A dime across the counter then
A shy hello a brand new friend
A walk along the street in the wintry weather
A yellow light an open door
And a welcome friend there's room for one more
And then they'er standing there inside together
He said[A] I've heard that tune before somewhere
But I[G] cant re[D]member when
Was[A] it on some other friendly shore
Or did I[G] hear it on[Bm] the wind
Was it[D] written on the[A] sky above
I think I[G] heard it from[D] someone I loved
But I[G] never heard it[A] sound so sweet [D]since then
Now his feet begin to tap
A little boy says I'll take your hat
He's cought up in the magic of her smile
And leap the heart inside him went
And off acrosse the floor he sent
His clumsey body graceful as a child
He said there's magic in the fiddlers arm
There's magic in this town
There's magic in the dancers feet
And the way they put them down
People smiling everywhere
Boots and ribbons locks of hair
And laughter and old blue suits and easter gowns
Now the sailor's gone the room is bare
The old piano sitting there
Someone's hat left sitting on the rack
And empty chair the wodden floor
That feels the totch of shoes no more
Awaiting for the dancers to come back
And the fiddle's in the closet
Of some daughter in the town
The strings are broke and the bow is gone
And the cover's buttened down
But sometimes on december nights
When 5the air is cold and the wind is right
There's a melody that passes through this town


Lyrics and chords as used by the band North Sea Gas on the album ‚Folkmusic from Scotland’

For the Dubliner’s version change key to G mayor (Capo on 5th fret)


Intro: Use the below melodic part or just play a couple of D-chords


He was (D)stranded in a tiny town on (G)fair Prince Edward (D)Island

Waiting for a ship to come and (A)find him

A (G)one horse place, a (A)friendly face, some (D)coffee and a (G)tiny trace

Of (D)fiddling in the (A)distance far be(D)hind him


A (D)dime across the counter then, a (G)shy hello, a (D)brand new friend

A walk along the street in the wintry (A)weather

A (G)yellow light, an (A)open door, and a (D)"Welcome friend, there's (G)room for more

(D)Then they're standing (A)there inside to(D)gether


He said, "I've (A)heard that tune before somewhere but I (G)can't remember (D)when,

Was it (A)on some other friendly shore, did I (G)hear it on the (Bm)wind

Was it (D)written on the (A)sky above, think I (G)heard it from some(D)one I love

But I (G)never heard a (A)sound so sweet since (D)then


Melodic part from St. Anne’s Reel:

DADD              eeDD               DADD              EAA7D            (play once or twice)

DheA7             eA7E7A           DheA7             eAA7D             (play once or twice)


Easier alternative:

DDDD             eeDD               DDDD             AAAD

DDGG             AAAA               DDGG             AAAD


And (D)now his feet begin to tap, a (G)little boy says, "I'll (D)take your hat."

He's caught up in the magic of her (A)smile

And (G)leap the heart in(A)side him went, and (D)off across the (G)floor he sent

His (D)clumsy body, (A)graceful as a (D)child


He said, "There's (A)magic in the fiddler's arms and there's (G)magic in this (D)town

There's (A)magic in the dancers' feet and the (G)way they put them (Bm)down

(D)Smiling people (A)everywhere, (G)boots and ribbons, (D)locks of hair

(G)Laughter, old blue (A)suits and Easter (D)gowns"


Repeat melodic part


Now the (D)sailor's gone, the room is bare, the (G)old piano's setting (D)there

Someone's hat's left hanging on the (A)rack

Some (G)empty chairs, the (A)wooden floor that (D)feels the touch of (G)shoes no more

A(D)waiting for the (A)dancers to come (D)back


And the (A)fiddle's in the closet of some (G)daughter of the (D)town

The (A)strings are broke, the bow is gone and the (G)cover's buttoned (Bm)down

But (D)sometimes on de(A)cember nights, when the (G)air is cold and the (D)wind is right

There's a (G)melody that (A)passes through the (D)town.


Repeat melodic part


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