Four Green Fields

Words and Music by Tommy Makem
Recorded by Makem and Clancy on "Live at the National Concert Hall"
Suggested Key=G

1         5     1                      4           1        
What did I have, said the fine old woman

 1        5    1  6m        4
What did I have, this proud old woman did say

           1      5      6m      1              4           5         

I had four green fields, each one was a jewel

        1       5     6m            4                                     5                      

But stangers came and tried to take them from me

         1       5        6m             1             4             5                   

I had fine strong sons, they fought to save my jewels

           4                        1  (6m)    1                   5               1                            

They fought and they died, and that was my grief said she.


Long time ago, said the fine old woman
Long time ago, this proud old woman did say

There was war and death, plundering and pillage

My children died, by mountain, valley and sea

And their wailing cries, they shook the very heavens

My four green fields, ran red with their blood, said she.

What have I now, said the fine old woman
What have I now, this proud old woman did say

I have four green fields, one of them's in bondage

In strangers hands, that tried to take it from me

But my sons have sons, as brave as were there fathers

My fourth green field, will bloom once again said she.

©Tipparm Music



Liam Clancy 2000-2003 - Liam Clancy Studios - Ring, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Site Design by Michael Corbett with thanks to Celtica.Web.Design