Christy Moore - Only Our Rivers Run Free Guitar Chords

Christy Moore

celtic, irish folk

Chords: C, G, F, Am, E, E7
Written by Michael McConnell
Recorded by Christy Moore, Wolf Tones & others

intro C C or C G C C - theyre just suggestions

C G C C
F C G G
F F C C
G G Am Am
F F C C
F F G G  (or E E7 to replace G G)
F F C C
G G Am Am

Key of Am
6/8 time
Chords and a suggested picking pattern
320033 G 643123
x22100 Am 543123
x32010 C 543123
xx3211 F 432123


     C                G            C
When apples     still grow    in November
     F                  C                G
When blossoms     still bloom    on each tree
     F                   F             C
When leaves    are still green    in December
     G                G               Am
It's then    that our land    will be free
  F              F            C
I wander     her hills    and valleys
    F                   F            G (or E and pull off to E7 after first strum)
And still    through my sorrow     I see
  F                F               C
A land    that has never     known freedom
G            G              Am
Only     her rivers     run free


  C               G               C
I drink    to the death    of her manhood
      F               C             G
Those men   who would rather   have died
        F              F                 C
Than to live    in the cold    chains of bondage
   G                G               Am
To bring back their rights     were denied
F                F              C
Where    are you now    when we need you
     F                  F                G (or E and pull off to E7 after first strum)
What burns    where the flame    used to be
       F                F                C
Are ye gone    like the snows    of last winter
     G            G              Am
Will only     our rivers     run free


    C            G                 C
How sweet     is life    but we're crying
    F              C                 G
How mellow     the wine    but we're dry
    F                F                C
How fragrant     the rose    but it's dying
    G              G              Am
How gentle     the wind    but it sighs
     F             F                  C
What good    is in youth    when it's ageing
     F            F                  G (or E and pull off to E7 after first strum)
What joy    is in eyes    that can't see
             F             F                C
When there's sorrow     in sunshine     and flowers
    G            G              Am (passing bass notes of E & G before the Am worth a try)
And only     our rivers     run free

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