The lyrics to Raglan Road can both enchant and baffle people in equal measure.
It tells the story of a failed relationship in which the singer loves a woman from afar but is not loved in return.
The chords are given in the key of D major, the key used by Luke Kelly when he recorded one of the most popular versions of the song.
Raglan Road lyrics and chords
DOn Raglan Road of an AutumnGdayIDsaw herGfirst andDknew,ThatGher dark hair wouldDweave a snareThat I mightBmsomedayArue.IGsaw the dangerDand I passedAlong the enBmchantedAway.And IDsaid, “Let grief be a fallenGleafAt theDdawningGof theDday.”
On Grafton Street in November, we
Tripped lightly along the ledge
Of a deep ravine where can be seen
The worth of passion play.
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts
And I not making hay;
Oh, I loved too much and by such and such
Is happiness thrown away.
I gave her gifts of the mind,
I gave her the secret signs,
That’s known to the artists who have known
The true gods of sound and stone.
And her words and tint without stint
I gave her poems to say
With her own name there and her own dark hair
Like clouds over fields of May.
On a quiet street where old ghosts meet
I see her walking now,
And away from me so hurriedly
My reason must allow.
That I had loved, not as I should
A creature made of clay,
When the angel woos the clay, he’ll lose
His wings at the dawn of day.