Gerald Griffin (1803-1840), from the Gaelic of Carrol O’Daly (1300’s)
As played by Bob Dylan in St Louis, MO, June 17th 1988
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem
E 022100 Esus4 022200 A 002220 F#m7' 202200 (w/thumb on 6th string) E/g# 422100 or 476454 or some other variant with the two lowest strings open; the only essential tone is the G# on the 6th string A' 577600 B' 799800 C#m x46654 or x46650
E Esus4 E Esus4 E Esus4 E There is a valley fair A F#m7' E Eileen Aroon E Esus4 E There is a cottage there A F#m' E Eileen Aroon E/g# A' E/g# B' Far in the valley shade I know a tender maid E/g# A C#m A F#m7' E Flow'r of the hazel glade, Eileen Aroon. Were she no longer true Eileen Aroon What would her lover do Eileen Aroon Fly with a broken chain far cross the sounding main Never to love again, Eileen Aroon. Who in the time so fleet Eileen Aroon Who in the song so sweet Eileen Aroon Dearer her charms to me dearer her laughter free Dearer her constancy Eileen Aroon. Youth will in time decay Eileen Aroon Beauty must fade away Eileen Aroon Castles are sacked in war chieftains are scattered far Truth is a fixed star Eileen Aroon.
Additional first verses, not sung by Dylan
Posted at the dylanpool by esmith
1. When, like the early rose, Eileen aroon! Beauty in childhood blows; Eileen aroon! When, like a diadem, Buds blush around the stem, Which is the fairest gem? Eileen aroon! 2. Is it the laughing eye? Eileen aroon! Is it the timid sigh? Eileen aroon! Is it the tender tone, Soft as the string'd harp's moan? Oh, it is the truth alone. Eileen aroon! 3. When, like the rising [/dawning] day, Eileen aroon! Love sends his early ray, Eileen aroon! What makes his dawning glow Changeless through joy or woe? Only the constant know - Eileen aroon!