Mickey Macconnell - The Tinkermans Daughter chords

Tinkerman's Daughter - Mickey MacConnell

These are the correct lyrics, as song by Mickey himself on Live at John B Keane's.

C    C    F    G
Em   Am   D    G

C F G All the wee birds were lining the bleak autumn branches
G Am DPreparing to fly to a far sunny shore
C F GWhen the tinkers made camp at a bend in the river
G Am D GComing back from the horse fair in Ballinasloe
G Bb F GNow the harvest being over the farmer came walking
G Bb F DAll along the Faele River that bordered his land
G D G DAnd 'twas there he first saw her twixt firelight and water
C G D GThe tinkerman's daughter, the red-headed Ann.
C G D G Next morning he rose from a night without resting Went straight to her father and made his case known In a pub in Listowel they worked out the bargain For the tinker a pony, for the daughter a home Where the trees peg their shadows along the Faele River The tinker and the farmer inspected the land And a white gelding pony was the price they agreed on For the tinkerman's daughter, the red-headed Ann. C G D G The wedding soon over the tinkers departed They were eager to travel on south down the road But the crunch of the iron-shod wheels on the gravel Was as bitter to her as the way she'd been sold Yet she tried hard to please him she did all his bidding She slept in his bed and she worked on his land But the walls of that cabin pressed tighter and tighter On the tinkerman's daughter, the red-headed Ann. C G D G As white as the hands of the priest or the hangman The snow spread it's blanket the next Christmas round When the tinkerman's daughter slipped out from the bedside Turned her back on the land and her face to the town It was said someone saw her at dusk that same evening She was making her way out toward Lyreacrompane And that was the last time the settled folk saw her The tinkerman's daughter, the red-headed Ann. C G D G Where the north Kerry hills cut the Faele near Listowel In a farm on its banks lives a bitter old man And he swears by the shotgun he keeps at his bedside That he'll kill any tinker who camps on his land Yet whenever he hears iron-shod wheels crunch on gravel Or a horse in the shafts of a bright caravan Then his day's work's tormented, his night's sleep's demented
C G D C G D GBy the tinkerman's daughter, the red-headed Ann
That is the key that Mickey sings it in, but you might find the chords a bit easier taking it up 2 semi-tones and doing it in D, as follows: D D G A A Bm E E D D G A A Bm E A A C G A A C G E A E A E D A E A
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