Luke Kelly

On Raglan Road

Luke Kelly

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On Raglan Road


   D                        G 
On Raglan Road on an autumn day, 
  D       G         D 
I saw her first and knew 
     G                   D 
That her dark hair would weave a snare, 
             Bm      A 
that I might one day rue 
  G              D 
I saw the danger and I passed, 
            Bm      A 
along the enchanted way, 
      D                             G 
and I said: 'Let grief, be a fallen leaf 
       D       G      D 
at the dawning of the day' 

   D                      G 
On Grafton Street in November, 
           D        G        D 
we tripped lightly along the ledge 
     G                  D 
Of a deep ravine, where can be seen, 
             Bm        A 
the worth of passion's pledge 
    G                      D 
The Queen of Hearts, still making tarts, 
          Bm     A 
and I not making hay 
Oh, I loved too much and by such, 
   G        D         G       D 
by such, is happiness thrown away 

  D                     G 
I gave her gifts of the mind, 
  D            G      D 
I gave her the secret signs 
       G                    D 
That's known to the artists who have known, 
                 Bm        A 
the true gods of sound and stone 
    G                  D 
And word and tint, without stint, 
           Bm       A 
I gave her poems to say 
         D                                G 
With her own name there, and her own dark hair, 
     D           G         D 
like clouds over fields of May 

     D                              G 
On a quiet street, where old ghosts meet, 
  D       G       D 
I see her walking now 
 G              D 
Away from me so hurriedly, 
          Bm     A 
my reason must allow 
     G                D 
That I had loved, not as I should, 
           Bm      A 
a creature made of clay 
When the angel woos the clay, 
     G         D            G       D 
he'd lose, his wings at the dawn of day  

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