The Minstrel Boy | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics and Video

“The Minstrel Boy” is an Irish patriotic song written by Thomas Moore (1779-1852) who set it to the melody of The Moreen, an old Irish air. It is widely believed that Moore composed the song in remembrance of a number of his friends, whom he met while studying at Trinity College, Dublin and who had participated in (and were killed during) the 1798 rebellion of the United Irishmen. However, the song gained widespread popularity and became a favourite of many Irishmen who fought during the United States Civil War and gained even more popularity after World War I. The song is notably associated with organisations that historically had a heavy representation of Irish-Americans, in particular the police and fire departments of New York, Boston and Chicago and those of various other major US metropolitan areas, even after those organisations have ceased to have a substantial over-representation of personnel of Irish ancestry.

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Lyrics for ‘The Minstrel Boy’

The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father’s sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;”
Land of Song!” said the warrior bard,
“Tho’ all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!”

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You can get free printable sheet music for a wide variety of instruments at The band and orchestra instrument arrangements also include piano accompaniment.

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The Minstrel Boy for Harp Solo


Video for ‘The Minstrel Boy’

Brian “Hacksaw” Williams performs of “The Minstrel Boy” by Thomas Moore. The clip is from motion picture, Black Hawk Down.


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