Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)

Traditional song
First published in 1913
Words by the English lawyer and lyricist Frederic Weatherly

First verse (excerpt):
Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.
The summer's gone, and all the roses falling ...


Danny Boy guitar tab and notes (pdf)

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Danny Boy instrumental guitar (mp3)

Danny Boy - guitar tab, notes, chords and lyrics

"Londonderry Air" originates from County Londonderry of Northern Ireland (air is from the Italian aria). The composer of the music is unknown, although a few names has turned up in various speculations. The lyrics of the best known version "Danny Boy" which is actually a modern version of "Londonderry Air" (a.k.a. "Derry Air"), is written by Frederic Weatherly.

The music transcriptions of the song with tabs and notes are available for download as PDFs. It's free for personal use only.

Danny Boy (full accompaniment)

"Danny Boy" ("Londonderry Air") for guitar with full accompaniment. Free download in pdf-file and audio.

Danny Boy guitar accompaniment

Danny Boy for flute

"Danny Boy" for flute in the key of C. Free download in pdf-file and audio.

Danny Boy flute

Danny Boy (only melody)

"Danny Boy" standard and tablature notation for guitar.

Danny Boy notes and tabs

Tips on how to learn this song

This song is often played slow (listen to the audio above), although different tempos can be applied. Noticing the 32-bar structure together with the repeating patterns will get familiar with the melody more easily.

Lyrics and chords

Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) chords in the key of G
Verse 1:
(D)Oh, Danny (G)boy, the (Bm)pipes, the pipes are (A)calling
From glen to (G)glen, and (Bm)down the mountain (A)side.
(D)The summer's (Em7)gone, and (Bm)all the roses (A)falling,
It's you, it's (G)you must (C)go and I must (G)bide.

But come ye (Em)back when (C)summer's in the (G)meadow,
(D)Or when the (Em)valley's (C)hushed and white with (A)snow,
(D)It's I'll be (Em)here in sunshine or in (G)shadow,
(Bm)Oh, Danny (Em7)boy, oh Danny (C)boy, I love you (G)so!

Verse 2:
(D)But when ye (G)come, and (Bm)all the flowers are (A)dying,
If I am (G)dead, as (Bm)dead I well may (A)be,
(D)You'll come and (Em7)find the (Bm)place where I am (A)lying,
And kneel and (G)say an (C)Ave there for (G)me.


Uncommon, poetic and archaic words:
ye = you

The song presented above with lyrics and chords are in the key of G, but it includes also the A major, which is outside the key. The A can be replaced with C and also D is played as D7 in some arrangements of the song.

The key of the song can be transposed with a capo:

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Danny Boy" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

Key signature music symbol


The presented version of Danny Boy is played in the key of F.

Time signature music symbol

Time signature

The song is played in 4/4 tempo (counted one, two, three, four for each measure)

Tuning overview


The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

BPM symbol and numbers

Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 80 for the presented version.

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