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Chord Req: Mrs. McGrath

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KERRY RECRUIT
MRS. MCGRATH
MY SON JOHN


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GUEST,Gerard 28 May 04 - 06:39 PM
Amos 28 May 04 - 07:02 PM
McGrath of Harlow 28 May 04 - 07:12 PM
GUEST,Gerard 29 May 04 - 03:37 PM
GUEST,Gerard 02 Jun 04 - 03:03 PM
Amos 02 Jun 04 - 03:08 PM
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Subject: Chord Req: Mrs. McGrath
From: GUEST,Gerard
Date: 28 May 04 - 06:39 PM

Looking for the chords to this song


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Subject: Chords Add: MRS MCGRATH
From: Amos
Date: 28 May 04 - 07:02 PM

CGCGCFG

CFCGCG Am

Am Em Am C G C

and repeat.

A


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Subject: Chords Add: MRS MCGRATH
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 28 May 04 - 07:12 PM

I don't think I've ever heard it with an accompaniment. I can't see how it needs one.

If you must, these would do:
      G                           D
"Oh, Mrs. McGrath," the sergeant said,
            G
"Would you like to make a soldier out of your son, Ted?
                D          G          D
With a scarlet coat, and a big cocked hat,
       G       D                      G
Sure, Mrs. McGrath, wouldn't you like that?"
          em          G
With your too- ri- ay, fol the diddle day,
D       em      D       G
Too- ri- you- ri too- ri- ay.

(Fewer chords than Amos suggested - just another demonstartion of how, as has been discussed in another thread, there's never just one set of chords to a song. Even aside from the differenmt key.)

(The chord symbol have slipped a little bit to the left on that, but it should be easy enough to adjust that when you play.)


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Mrs. McGrath
From: GUEST,Gerard
Date: 29 May 04 - 03:37 PM

Thank you very much. Actually, I did figure out the chords, when Burl Ives sings it the progression revolves around E A and B7; the refrain is C#m, B7, C#m-B7-E


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: MRS MCGRATH
From: GUEST,Gerard
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 03:03 PM

E    A             E       B7
Oh, Mrs. McGrath," the sergeant said,
          E                            B7
"Would you like to make a soldier out of your son, Ted?
       E       B7          E
With a scarlet coat, and a big cocked hat,
      E                      B7
Sure, Mrs. McGrath, wouldn't you like that?"
               C#m          B7
cho: With your too- ri- ay, fol the diddle day,
C#m      B7      E
Too- ri- you- ri too- ri- ay.

Now Mrs. McGrath lived by the seashore
For the space of seven long years or more;
Till she say a big ship sail into the bay,
"Here's my son, Ted, will ye clear the way!"

"Oh, Captain, dear, where have ye been? ;
Have you been in the Meditereen?
Will ye tell me the news of my son, Ted?
Is the poor boy livin', or is he dead?"

Ah, well up comes Ted without any legs
An in their place he had two wooden pegs,
Well, she kissed him a dozen times or two,
Saying "Glory to God?, sure it wouldn't be you!"

"Oh were ye drunk, or were ye blind
That ye left your two fine legs behind?
Or was it while walkin' on the sea
A big fish ate your legs from the knees away?"

"Well, I wasn't drunk and I wasn't blind
When I left my two fine legs behind.
But a cannon ball, on the fifth of May,
Tore my two fine legs from the knees away."

"Oh, Teddy, me boy," the old widow cried,
"Yer two fine legs were yer mammy's pride,
Them stumps of a tree wouldn't do at all,
Why didn't ye run from the big cannon ball?"

"Well, all foreign wars I do proclaim
Between Don John and the King of Spain,
And bejasus I'll make them rue the time
That they swept the legs from a child of mine."


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Mrs. McGrath
From: Amos
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 03:08 PM

ALternative last pair of lines:

"FOr I'd rather havve my Ted as he used to be
Than the King of Spain and his whole Nae-vee...".

ALso I never heard the big fish line before -- as I learned it, the line was just "Wore yer two fine legs from the knees away".

But that's folk music for ya!


A


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