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Kerry Dance       6/8 time ie: 123123 - 123123
"The Kerry Dance" was written by James L. Molloy in 1879, but this first verse musically might have been written in 1790 and attributed to Margaret Casson of London. The dance is known since at least 1549. It was originally called the Rinnce Fada prononciation =  "reenka faudha ".

CHORUS
G                              C        G
Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing
G                             A          D7
Oh, the ring of the piper's tune
G                               C             G
Oh, for one of those hours of gladness
G                               D7            G
Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon!


D              Bm         D         Bm     
When the boys began to gather
D         D7          E7            A7
In the glen of a summer's night
D           D7     D         Gm 
And the Kerry piper's tuning
D                            A7       D
Made us long with wild delight!
C                        Bm
Oh, to think of it Oh, to dream of it
C          Dm7          D7
Fills my heart with tears!

CHORUS

D               Bm       D           Bm     
Was there ever a sweeter Colleen
D         D7              E7  A7
In the dance than Eily Moore
D      D7         D           Gm
Or a prouder lad than Thady
D                  A7           D
As he boldly took the floor.
C                        Bm
Oh, to think of it Oh, to dream of it
C          Dm7          D7
Fills my heart with tears!
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D             Bm       D         Bm     
Lads and lasses to your places
D         D7               E7       A7
Up the middle and down again
D           D7     D           Gm
Ah, the merry hearted laughter
D                             A7         D
Ringing through the happy glen!
C                        Bm
Oh, to think of it Oh, to dream of it
C          Dm7          D7
Fills my heart with tears!
CHORUS

Gm                              Cm                       D7                        
Time goes on, and the happy years are dead
       Gm                    D7                       D
And one by one the merry hearts are fled
Bb  F     Eb              Bb          C7       F
Si - lent now is the wild and lonely glen
                  Bb      Gm    Dm           A7                Dm
Where the bright glad laugh will echo ne'er again
Cm                       Dm                 Cm                D
Only dreaming of days gone by in my heart I hear.

D          Bm         D         Bm   
Loving voices of old companions
D            D7            E7             A7
Stealing out of the past once more
D            D7                 D           Gm
And the sound of the dear old music
D                                A7        D
Soft and sweet as in days of yore.

D              Bm         D         Bm     
When the boys began to gather
D         D7          E7            A7
In the glen of a summer's night
D           D7     D         Gm 
And the Kerry piper's tuning
D                            A7       D
Made us long with wild delight!
C                        Bm
Oh, to think of it Oh, to dream of it
C          Dm7          D7
Fills my heart with tears!

CHORUS


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