Parting Glass, The

Key: G*

Form: Song* (in 4/4 time)


X: 107
T:The Parting Glass
N: page 36
N: hexatonic
R: Reel
BA| "G"G3E E D2 E| G2 G2 "C"A2GA|"G" B2 B2BAGA| B3D D2BA| G3E ED2E|
G2 G2 "C"A2GA|B2 e2dBAB| G3E E3 B|"G"dBde d3 B|dBde d3 B|"C" c2 B2 A2GA|
"G"B3D D2BA| G3E ED2E| G2 G2 "C"A2GA|"G" B2 e2dBAB| G3E E2||


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Simple chords

Complex but richer chords







Sheet Music in PDF:
the-parting-glass – simple chords
The Parting Glass – complex chords


Source: Trad.

Other Tunes in Set:

Region: Scotland

*Notes: The key in the ABC and sheet music is G major, but as a song it is usually transposed into keys suited to the singers’ voices, viz the two videos above.

According to Rise Again this is a traditional Scottish tune. Very popular in pub sings.

Lyrics (from Rise Again):

Of all the money that e’er I spent, I spent it in good company
And all the harm that e’er I’ve done, alas it was to none but me
And all I’ve done for want of wit, to mem’ry now I can’t recall
So fill to me the parting glass, good night & joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend, and leisure time to sit awhile
There is a fair maid in this town that sorely has my heart beguiled
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips I own she has my heart enthralled
So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

Of all the comrades that e’er I had, they’re sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had would wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot that I should rise & you should not
I gently rise and softly call “Good night & joy be with you all.”