Dion Boucicault - The Wearing Of The Green chords

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The Wearing Of The Green chords
Anonymous Ballad 1798 / lyrics by Dion Boucicault

D AO Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that's goin' round?
G D A DThe shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground!
ANo more Saint Patrick's Day we'll keep, his color can't be seen,
G D A Dfor there's a cruel law ag'in the Wearin' o' the Green."
D AI met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand,
G D A Dand he said, "How's poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?"
A"She's the most distressful country that ever yet was seen,
G D A Dfor they're hanging men and women there for the Wearin' o' the Green."
D A"So if the color we must wear be England's cruel red,
G D A Dlet it remind us of the blood that Irishmen have shed
AAnd pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod,
G D A Dbut never fear, 'twill take root there, though underfoot 'tis trod.
D AWhen laws can stop the blades of grass from growin' as they grow,
G D A Dand when the leaves in summer-time their color dare not show
AThen I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen,
G D A Dbut till that day, please God, I'll stick to the Wearin' o' the Green.
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