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Chords Req: St. Brendan's Voyage (Christy Moore)

26 Feb 02 - 10:09 PM (#658688)
Subject: St. Brendan's Voyage - Christy Moore
From: GUEST,


Anyone have the chords to Christy Moore's song St. Brendan's Voyage?

Is the tune played at the end original or traditional?


27 Feb 02 - 05:02 AM (#658830)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: St. Brendan's Voyage - Christy Moo
From: Fibula Mattock

There's tab and lyrics for a lot of Christy Moore songs to be found at St. Brendan's Voyage is in there. Dunno about the tune though - I haven't heard it in a while and can't remember it!

27 Feb 02 - 05:58 PM (#659425)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: St. Brendan's Voyage - Christy Moo
From: boglion

Can't help with the chords but I have been known to sing the song.

Christy recorded it after spending a day singing and playing with the locals at Tig a Cuinne (the Corner House) in Bradon village, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry. I'm often involved in the Saturday night sessions in that very bar - they can be mighty.

The photos of that day with Christy are fairly poor and virtually anyone could claim to be in them! Two good mates of mine, Eamonn Murphy (Box Player) and Frank Maunsell (Bodhran and vocals) were by all accounts at the session.

10 Mar 09 - 08:17 AM (#2585484)
Subject: RE: Chords Req: St. Brendan's Voyage (Christy Moore)
From: GUEST,peter mcc

I think its in C. For verse Play C,F,C,G x 4 for main part of verse.
Then at 'did you know that..' Play F,C,G7,C,C7 then at 'when he was reaching...' Play F,C,C,G,C
The chorus is the same as 2nd part of verse.

Good luck.

This is my version anyhow!

10 Mar 09 - 08:41 AM (#2585495)
Subject: RE: Chords Req: St. Brendan's Voyage (Christy Moore)
From: clueless don

Is this the song that includes the line

Is it right? or left? for Gibraltar?



11 Mar 09 - 04:16 AM (#2586188)
Subject: RE: Chords Req: St. Brendan's Voyage (Christy Moore)
From: Sooz


11 Mar 09 - 12:46 PM (#2586448)
Subject: RE: Chords Req: St. Brendan's Voyage (Christy Moore)
From: open mike

so it is not the same song as St. Brendan's Fair Isle by Jimmy Driftwood? they both would be good for Saint Paddy's month...
as we are in it now..

11 Mar 09 - 10:58 PM (#2586875)
Subject: Lyr Add: ST BRENDAN'S VOYAGE (Christy Moore)
From: GUEST,leeneia

Sorry, no chords, but here are the words for everyone's enjoyment. (It took me a while to wrest them from the site.)

St. Brendan's Voyage
Christy Moore
    A boat sailed out of Brandon in the year of 501
    'twas a damp and dirty mornin' Brendan's voyage it began.
    Tired of thinnin' turnips and cuttin' curley kale
    When he got back from the creamery he hoisted up the sail.
    He ploughed a lonely furrow to the north, south, east and west
    Of all the navigators, St, Brendan was the best.
    When he ran out of candles he was forced to make a stop,
    He tied up in Long Island and put America on the map.
    Did you know that Honolulu was found by a Kerryman,
    Who went on to find Australia then China and Japan.
    When he was touchin' 70, he began to miss the crack,
    Turnin' to his albatross he sez "I'm headin' back".
    To make it fast he bent the mast and built up mighty steam.
    Around Terra del Fuego and up the warm Gulf Stream,
    He crossed the last horizon, Mt. Brandon came in sight
    And when he cleared the customs into Dingle for the night.
    Whe he got the Cordon Bleu he went to douse the drought,
    He headed west to Kruger's* to murder pints of stout
    Around by Ballyferriter and up the Conor Pass
    He freewheeled into Brandon, the saint was home at last.
    The entire population came (281) the place was chock-a-block
    Love nor money wouldn't get your nose inside the shop.
    The fishermen hauled up their nets, the farmers left their hay,
    Kerry people know that saints don't turn up every day.
    Everythin' was goin' great 'til Brendan did announce
    His reason for returnin' was to try and set up house.
    The girls were flabbergasted at St. Bredan's neck
    To seek a wife so late in life and him a total wreck.
    Worn down by rejection that pierced his humble pride,
    "Begod", sez Brendan "If I run I'll surely catch the tide"
    Turnin' on his sandals he made straight for the docks
    And haulin' up his anchor he cast off from the rocks.
    As he sailed past Inishvickallaun there stood the albatross
    "I knew you'd never stick it out, 'tis great to see you boss"
    "I'm bailin' out" sez Brendan, "I badly need a break
    A fortnight is about as much as any aul saint could take."

       "Is it right or left for Gibraltar"
       "What tack do I take for Mizen Head?"
       "I'd love to settle down near Ventry Harbour",
       St. Brendan to his albatross he said.

    * - Kruger Kavanagh's, the 'Nearest pub to the States'