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Lyr Req: Forty Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)

06 Feb 98 - 08:20 AM (#20787)
Subject: 40 Shades O' Green
From: Celtic-End Singer

I was somewhat surprised not to find this in the database. If anyone has got the full lyrics it would be much appreciated.


06 Feb 98 - 09:32 AM (#20794)
Subject: Lyr Add: FORTY SHADES OF GREEN (Johnny Cash)
From: Benjamin Bodhra/nai

Here's another copy of the lyrics, with a few corrections compared to the site given above

Sla/n

FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
Words and music by Johnny Cash
As recorded by Johnny Cash on "Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash" (1963)

I close my eyes and picture the emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle to the shores of Donaghadee.
I miss the River Shannon and the folks at Skibbereen,
The moorlands and the meadows with their forty shades of green.

CHORUS: But most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town,
And most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown.
Again I want to see and do the things we've done and seen,
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalimar and there's forty shades of green.

I wish that I could spend an hour at Dublin's churning surf.
I'd love to watch the farmer drain the bogs and spade the turf.
To see again the thatching of the straw the women glean,
I'd walk from Cork to Larne to see the forty shades of green. CHORUS


06 Feb 98 - 05:56 PM (#20836)
Subject: RE: 40 Shades O' Green
From: alison

Hi,

Nobody has mentioned it yet, but this was written by Johnny Cash.

There is an alternative version for girls......

" But most of all I miss a boy in Tipperary town,, And most of all I miss his arms when evening comes around."

Slainte

Alison


06 Feb 98 - 09:27 PM (#20845)
Subject: RE: 40 Shades O' Green
From: leprechaun

I thought it was Dublin's churning surf, and the straw the women glean.


07 Oct 98 - 10:47 PM (#40805)
Subject: Forty Shades of Green
From: Dee

Looking for the tunes and words to Forty Shades of Green


08 Oct 98 - 01:30 AM (#40833)
Subject: Tune Add: FORTY SHADES OF GREEN (Johnny Cash)
From: alison

Hi,

I'm sure we had a thread on this but I can't find it, so here it is again.

FORTY SHADES OF GREEN (J. Cash)

I close my eyes and picture the emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle to the shores of Donaghadea
I miss the River Shannon, and the folks at Skibbereen.
The moorlands and the meadows with their forty shades of green.

But most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town.
And most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown.
Again I want to see and do the things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalamar
And there's forty shades of green.

I wish that I could spend an hour at Dublin’s churning surf
I'd love to watch the farmer drain the bog and spade the turf
To see again the thatching of the straw the women clean
I'd walk from Cork to Larne to see the forty shades of green

But most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town
And most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown
Again I want to see and do the things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalamar
And there's forty shades of green

Or the alternative.... if being sung by a girl.....

(But most of all I miss a boy in Tipperary town
And most of all I miss his arms when evening comes around.)

and the tune

Slainte

alison

MIDI file: FORTYSHA.MID

Timebase: 480

Name: FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Key: A
Tempo: 150 (400000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
1440 1 64 031 0478 0 64 031 0002 1 64 032 0478 0 64 032 0002 1 61 020 0478 0 61 020 0002 1 61 030 0687 1 60 026 0031 0 61 030 0242 0 60 026 0000 1 61 033 0484 1 60 020 0023 0 61 033 0451 0 60 020 0002 1 61 027 0718 0 61 027 0010 1 69 031 0205 0 69 031 0027 1 69 031 0478 0 69 031 0002 1 66 019 0950 0 66 019 0010 1 66 029 0238 0 66 029 0002 1 65 019 0238 0 65 019 0002 1 66 024 1438 0 66 024 0002 1 66 029 0238 0 66 029 0002 1 68 026 0238 0 68 026 0002 1 69 030 0718 0 69 030 0002 1 69 024 0238 0 69 024 0002 1 68 035 0468 1 69 029 0006 0 68 035 0440 1 66 027 0032 0 69 029 0494 1 64 022 0022 0 66 027 0936 0 64 022 0002 1 63 020 0238 0 63 020 0002 1 64 017 0238 0 64 017 0002 1 66 021 0718 0 66 021 0002 1 59 023 0228 1 59 024 0010 0 59 023 0472 0 59 024 0010 1 61 024 0478 0 61 024 0002 1 59 029 1438 0 59 029 0002 1 64 030 0478 0 64 030 0002 1 64 036 0478 0 64 036 0002 1 61 024 0478 0 61 024 0002 1 61 033 0718 0 61 033 0002 1 60 013 0238 0 60 013 0002 1 61 023 0478 0 61 023 0002 1 61 028 0958 0 61 028 0002 1 57 028 0238 0 57 028 0002 1 69 034 0238 0 69 034 0002 1 69 033 0478 0 69 033 0002 1 66 023 0478 0 66 023 0002 1 66 033 0478 0 66 033 0002 1 65 019 0478 0 65 019 0002 1 66 035 1455 0 66 035 0225 1 68 033 0238 0 68 033 0002 1 69 033 0718 0 69 033 0002 1 69 031 0238 0 69 031 0002 1 68 030 0478 0 68 030 0002 1 69 027 0478 0 69 027 0002 1 66 028 0478 0 66 028 0002 1 64 034 0958 0 64 034 0002 1 61 026 0238 0 61 026 0002 1 61 031 0238 0 61 031 0002 1 62 029 0358 0 62 029 0002 1 62 022 0598 0 62 022 0002 1 61 028 0716 1 59 028 0023 0 61 028 0211 0 59 028 0010 1 57 027 1438 0 57 027 0002 1 57 026 0478 0 57 026 0002 1 69 028 0478 0 69 028 0002 1 69 033 0478 0 69 033 0002 1 69 028 0718 0 69 028 0002 1 69 026 0240 0 69 026 0000 1 68 030 0718 0 68 030 0002 1 68 028 0238 0 68 028 0002 1 66 036 0478 0 66 036 0002 1 66 035 0462 0 66 035 0498 1 64 032 0238 0 64 032 0002 1 69 022 0238 0 69 022 0002 1 64 026 0718 0 64 026 0002 1 61 026 0238 0 61 026 0002 1 61 029 1438 0 61 029 0002 1 57 032 0478 0 57 032 0002 1 69 037 0478 0 69 037 0002 1 69 038 0478 0 69 038 0002 1 69 028 0718 0 69 028 0002 1 69 030 0206 0 69 030 0034 1 68 024 0668 0 68 024 0052 1 68 028 0238 0 68 028 0002 1 66 028 0478 0 66 028 0002 1 66 027 0478 0 66 027 0002 1 64 024 0718 0 64 024 0002 1 69 024 0238 0 69 024 0002 1 64 026 0478 0 64 026 0002 1 61 027 0478 0 61 027 0002 1 59 022 1438 0 59 022 0002 1 64 032 0478 0 64 032 0002 1 64 028 0478 0 64 028 0002 1 61 025 0478 0 61 025 0002 1 61 029 0712 1 60 018 0006 0 61 029 0232 0 60 018 0010 1 61 026 0478 0 61 026 0002 1 60 023 0478 0 60 023 0002 1 61 013 0699 1 69 014 0044 0 61 013 0206 0 69 014 0011 1 69 027 0478 0 69 027 0002 1 66 029 0958 0 66 029 0002 1 66 023 0238 0 66 023 0002 1 65 022 0238 0 65 022 0002 1 66 026 1438 0 66 026 0002 1 66 026 0238 0 66 026 0002 1 68 032 0238 0 68 032 0002 1 69 030 0718 0 69 030 0002 1 69 020 0238 0 69 020 0002 1 68 023 0478 0 68 023 0002 1 69 021 0478 0 69 021 0002 1 66 019 0238 0 66 019 0002 1 64 021 0238 0 64 021 0002 1 64 034 0958 0 64 034 0002 1 61 018 0238 0 61 018 0002 1 61 029 0192 0 61 029 0052 1 62 029 0238 0 62 029 0002 1 62 022 0716 1 61 031 0014 0 62 022 0704 0 61 031 0002 1 59 027 0238 0 59 027 0002 1 57 029 1455 0 57 029
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
M:4/4
Q:1/4=150
K:A
E8|E2C2C11/4=C5/4|C2=C2C3A|A2F4F=F|F6FG|A3AG2A7/4F/4|
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A2F2F2=F2|F7G|A3AG2A2|F2E4CC|D3/2D5/2C3B,|
A,6A,2|A2A2A3A|G3GF2F2|-F2EAE3C|C6A,2|A2A2A3A|
G3GF2F2|E3AE2C2|B,6E2|E2C2C3=C|C2=C2C3A|A2F4F=F|
F6FG|A3AG2A2|FEE4CC|DD3C3B,|A,8||


12 Jul 99 - 04:11 AM (#94311)
Subject: 40 shades of green
From: SueH

Does anyone have the music & words for 40 shades of green> I wouldn't have thought this would be hard to find, being an Irish 'pub' type of song, bu7t no, I can't find it.....

Sue


12 Jul 99 - 05:07 AM (#94323)
Subject: RE: 40 shades of green
From: alison

Here you go... I'm sure we mentioned this before in a thread.......

written by Johnny Cash

FORTY SHADES OF GREEN (J. Cash)

I close my eyes and picture the emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle to the shores of Donaghadea
I miss the River Shannon, and the folks at Skibbereen.
The moorlands and the meadows with their forty shades of green.

But most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town.
And most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown.
Again I want to see and do the things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalamar
And there's forty shades of green.

I wish that I could spend an hour at Dublin's churning surf
I'd love to watch the farmer drain the bog and spade the turf
To see again the thatching of the straw the women clean
I'd walk from Cork to Larne to see the forty shades of green

But most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town ………..
Again I want to see and do the things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalamar
And there's forty shades of green

alternatively you can sing....

(But most of all I miss a boy in Tipperary town
And most of all I miss his arms when evening comes around.)

slainte

alison


12 Jul 99 - 05:11 AM (#94324)
Subject: Tune Add: FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
From: alison

And here's the tune....

MIDI file: FORTYSHA.MID

Timebase: 480

Name: FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Key: A
Tempo: 150 (400000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
1440 1 64 031 0478 0 64 031 0002 1 64 032 0478 0 64 032 0002 1 61 020 0478 0 61 020 0002 1 61 030 0687 1 60 026 0031 0 61 030 0242 0 60 026 0000 1 61 033 0484 1 60 020 0023 0 61 033 0451 0 60 020 0002 1 61 027 0718 0 61 027 0010 1 69 031 0205 0 69 031 0027 1 69 031 0478 0 69 031 0002 1 66 019 0950 0 66 019 0010 1 66 029 0238 0 66 029 0002 1 65 019 0238 0 65 019 0002 1 66 024 1438 0 66 024 0002 1 66 029 0238 0 66 029 0002 1 68 026 0238 0 68 026 0002 1 69 030 0718 0 69 030 0002 1 69 024 0238 0 69 024 0002 1 68 035 0468 1 69 029 0006 0 68 035 0440 1 66 027 0032 0 69 029 0494 1 64 022 0022 0 66 027 0936 0 64 022 0002 1 63 020 0238 0 63 020 0002 1 64 017 0238 0 64 017 0002 1 66 021 0718 0 66 021 0002 1 59 023 0228 1 59 024 0010 0 59 023 0472 0 59 024 0010 1 61 024 0478 0 61 024 0002 1 59 029 1438 0 59 029 0002 1 64 030 0478 0 64 030 0002 1 64 036 0478 0 64 036 0002 1 61 024 0478 0 61 024 0002 1 61 033 0718 0 61 033 0002 1 60 013 0238 0 60 013 0002 1 61 023 0478 0 61 023 0002 1 61 028 0958 0 61 028 0002 1 57 028 0238 0 57 028 0002 1 69 034 0238 0 69 034 0002 1 69 033 0478 0 69 033 0002 1 66 023 0478 0 66 023 0002 1 66 033 0478 0 66 033 0002 1 65 019 0478 0 65 019 0002 1 66 035 1455 0 66 035 0225 1 68 033 0238 0 68 033 0002 1 69 033 0718 0 69 033 0002 1 69 031 0238 0 69 031 0002 1 68 030 0478 0 68 030 0002 1 69 027 0478 0 69 027 0002 1 66 028 0478 0 66 028 0002 1 64 034 0958 0 64 034 0002 1 61 026 0238 0 61 026 0002 1 61 031 0238 0 61 031 0002 1 62 029 0358 0 62 029 0002 1 62 022 0598 0 62 022 0002 1 61 028 0716 1 59 028 0023 0 61 028 0211 0 59 028 0010 1 57 027 1438 0 57 027 0002 1 57 026 0478 0 57 026 0002 1 69 028 0478 0 69 028 0002 1 69 033 0478 0 69 033 0002 1 69 028 0718 0 69 028 0002 1 69 026 0240 0 69 026 0000 1 68 030 0718 0 68 030 0002 1 68 028 0238 0 68 028 0002 1 66 036 0478 0 66 036 0002 1 66 035 0462 0 66 035 0498 1 64 032 0238 0 64 032 0002 1 69 022 0238 0 69 022 0002 1 64 026 0718 0 64 026 0002 1 61 026 0238 0 61 026 0002 1 61 029 1438 0 61 029 0002 1 57 032 0478 0 57 032 0002 1 69 037 0478 0 69 037 0002 1 69 038 0478 0 69 038 0002 1 69 028 0718 0 69 028 0002 1 69 030 0206 0 69 030 0034 1 68 024 0668 0 68 024 0052 1 68 028 0238 0 68 028 0002 1 66 028 0478 0 66 028 0002 1 66 027 0478 0 66 027 0002 1 64 024 0718 0 64 024 0002 1 69 024 0238 0 69 024 0002 1 64 026 0478 0 64 026 0002 1 61 027 0478 0 61 027 0002 1 59 022 1438 0 59 022 0002 1 64 032 0478 0 64 032 0002 1 64 028 0478 0 64 028 0002 1 61 025 0478 0 61 025 0002 1 61 029 0712 1 60 018 0006 0 61 029 0232 0 60 018 0010 1 61 026 0478 0 61 026 0002 1 60 023 0478 0 60 023 0002 1 61 013 0699 1 69 014 0044 0 61 013 0206 0 69 014 0011 1 69 027 0478 0 69 027 0002 1 66 029 0958 0 66 029 0002 1 66 023 0238 0 66 023 0002 1 65 022 0238 0 65 022 0002 1 66 026 1438 0 66 026 0002 1 66 026 0238 0 66 026 0002 1 68 032 0238 0 68 032 0002 1 69 030 0718 0 69 030 0002 1 69 020 0238 0 69 020 0002 1 68 023 0478 0 68 023 0002 1 69 021 0478 0 69 021 0002 1 66 019 0238 0 66 019 0002 1 64 021 0238 0 64 021 0002 1 64 034 0958 0 64 034 0002 1 61 018 0238 0 61 018 0002 1 61 029 0192 0 61 029 0052 1 62 029 0238 0 62 029 0002 1 62 022 0716 1 61 031 0014 0 62 022 0704 0 61 031 0002 1 59 027 0238 0 59 027 0002 1 57 029 1455 0 57 029
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
M:4/4
Q:1/4=150
K:A
E8|E2C2C11/4=C5/4|C2=C2C3A|A2F4F=F|F6FG|A3AG2A7/4F/4|
-F2E4^DE|F3B,B,2C2|B,6E2|E2C2C3=C|C2C4A,A|
A2F2F2=F2|F7G|A3AG2A2|F2E4CC|D3/2D5/2C3B,|
A,6A,2|A2A2A3A|G3GF2F2|-F2EAE3C|C6A,2|A2A2A3A|
G3GF2F2|E3AE2C2|B,6E2|E2C2C3=C|C2=C2C3A|A2F4F=F|
F6FG|A3AG2A2|FEE4CC|DD3C3B,|A,8||

slainte

alison


12 Jul 99 - 06:10 AM (#94330)
Subject: RE: 40 shades of green
From: SueH

Great Alison, I knew I could rely on you....

I hadn't realised Johnny Cash wrote it, altho' I'm sure my other half knew, being a great fan of his.

Lots of thanks

Sue


09 Apr 00 - 03:04 PM (#209274)
Subject: Chords Add: FORTY SHADES OF GREEN (Johnny Cash)
From: Snuffy

FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
Word and Music by Johnny Cash
Copyright 1961 by Southwind Music Inc

I | (F) close my eyes and | picture the | (Bb) em'rald of the | sea, From the |
fishing (C7) boats at | (F) Dingle to the | (G7) shores of Duna- | (C7) dee. I |
(F) miss the River | Shannon and the | (Bb) folks at Skippa- | ree The |
(F) Moorlands and the | Midlands with them | (Gm7) forty (C7) shades of | (F) green. But |
(Bb) most of all I | miss a girl in | (F) Tippe- (Bb) rary | (F) town. And |
most of all I | (Bb) miss her lips, as | (F) soft as eider- | (Gm7)down (C7) A- |
(F) gain I want to | see and do the | (Bb) things we've done and | seen, Where the |
breeze is sweet as | Shalimar and there's | (Gm7) forty (C7) shades of | (F) green. ||

From "Songs and Dances of Ireland, arranged for recorder, flute and penny whistle with full lyrics, chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams"

They put it in "F", not me!!

Wassail ! V


09 Apr 00 - 04:43 PM (#209308)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: forty shades of green
From: GUEST,Lee

Here's the second verse:

I wish that I could spend an hour
At Dublin's churning surf
I'd love to watch the farmers
Drain the bogs and spade the turf
To see again the thatching
Of the straw the women glean
I'd walk from Cork to Larne to see
Their forty shades of green.

In the first verse, I believe it's "the folks at Skivareen"; also "and the Midlands and their forty ..."

I sing it in C. The chording is far easier.

"May the road rise to meet you, and the wind be always at your back."

Lee


09 Apr 00 - 07:25 PM (#209346)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: forty shades of green
From: GUEST,Paddy(1)

It should read

" .. the folks at Skibbereen"

also should read

" . . the moorlands and the meadows"

There is also a "girls" version which replaces

the Bb "girl" of line 5 with a Bb "boy"!

and the next line then reads

"most of all I miss his arms, so brawny and so brown"

Paddy(1)


09 Apr 00 - 07:30 PM (#209351)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: forty shades of green
From: Snuffy

Lee

I agree C is much easier.

It says Skipparee in my book, but I think it should be Skibbereen, and Dunadee may be Donaghadee.

The second verse in the book is:
I wish that I could spend an hour in Dublin's churning surf
I'd love to watch the farmers drain the bogs and spade the turf
To see again the thatching of the straw the women glean
I'd walk from Cork to Liam to see the forty shades of green.

I guess Johnny Cash was a bit shaky on Irish geography.

Wassail! V


09 Apr 00 - 09:53 PM (#209411)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: forty shades of green
From: Iains

Thank you all who responded. For some reason with certain songs I find I run into a brick wall when trying to fit chords.(probably due to my limited musical ability) Once again thankyou all.


10 Apr 00 - 12:22 AM (#209451)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: forty shades of green
From: GUEST

I'd walk from Cork to LAREN to see the forty shades of green?


10 Apr 00 - 06:13 AM (#209511)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: forty shades of green
From: GUEST,Paddy(1)

It is, of course, Larne (not Liam)

Larne is a town in Co Antrim (North East Ireland)
Cork is down south, hence the ".. walk from Cork to Larne" a distance of over 200 miles !!

Paddy(1)


17 May 01 - 06:26 PM (#465077)
Subject: Forty Shades of Green
From: GUEST,JPC

Hi all- I've got two requests that I hope someone can help with. First off, does anyone know where I can get a midi file with the tune for 'Forty Shades of Green'? And secondly, does any one know what 'Shalamar' is that is referred to in that song?

Any help would be appreciated,

Thanks and regards,

JPC.


17 May 01 - 06:51 PM (#465089)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Forty Shades of Green
From: Sorcha

It's a fantastic garden in Lahore, Pakistan. Remnant of the great Mogul civilization, Click here for more info. It is also now the name of a perfume, spelled Shalimar.


17 May 01 - 06:51 PM (#465090)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Forty Shades of Green
From: Snuffy

I have the tune in a book of Irish songs, but I think my daughter took it to school for a project. If I ever get it back I could make you a midi. There are chords in this thread Lyr/Chords Req: forty shades of green.

The Shalimar is a river, but I can't find it in my Atlas - maybe Africa. There was a Victorian drawing-room ballad "Pale Hands I Loved Beside the Shalimar". And THE HIPPOPOTAMUS SONG(Mud, Glorious Mud) by Flanders & Swan starts " A bold hippopotamus was standing one day, by the banks of the cool Shalimar"


17 May 01 - 07:39 PM (#465105)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Forty Shades of Green
From: GUEST,JPC

Thanks all. I had done some looking around and I had found those gardens in Pakistan. However the spelling for those is 'Shal-I-mar' and every set of lyrics that I can find for Forty Shades spell the word Shal-A-mar. Is this just an extremely widespread spelling error?


17 May 01 - 07:41 PM (#465108)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Forty Shades of Green
From: Sorcha

At the site I linked to above, it is spelled with an A.


03 Jun 09 - 02:07 PM (#2647554)
Subject: DT Correction: Forty Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
From: Joe Offer

There are some mondegreens in the DT transcription of this song. I can't find printed lyrics, but this is what I hear, gleaned from recordings by Foster & Allen and some guy named Seamus Kennedy.
Any other corrections? Any towns spelled wrong?
-Joe-


FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
(Johnny Cash)

I close my eyes and picture the emerald of the sea,
From the fishing boats at Dingle to the shores of Donaghadea.
I miss the River Shannon and the folks at Skibbereen,
The moorlands and the meadows and the forty shades of green.
But most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town,
And most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown.
Again I long to see and do the things we've done and seen,
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalimar
And there's forty shades of green.

I wish that I could spend an hour at Dublin's churning surf;
I'd love to watch the farmers drain the bogs and spade the turf;
To see again the thatching of straw the women glean.
I'd walk from Cork to Larne to see the forty shades of green.
But most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town,
And most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown.
Again I long to see and do the things we've done and seen,
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalimar
And there's forty shades of green.


@Irish @home
filename[ GREEN40
ZX
oct99


03 Jun 09 - 08:57 PM (#2647843)
Subject: RE: DT Correction: Forty Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
From: Uncle Phil

Here are the words and chords from the Johnny Cash Show Souvenir Picture and Song Book, Copyright 1966 Southwind Music, NY, NY. -- The souvenir album sold at JR's shows in those days. I just listened to him and then Roseanne sing it on YouTube. They both sang slightly different words, noteably "meadows" for "midlands". They both played it with 3 chords in G, no C#dim or Dm7.
- Phil

FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
(Johnny Cash)

I [C]close my eyes and picture the [F]emerald of the sea,
From the fishing boats at [C]Dingle to the [D7]shores of Duna[G7]dee.
I [C]miss the River Shannon and the [F] folks at Skipparee,
The moorlands and the [C]midlands [C#dim]with their [Dm7]forty [G7]shades of [C]green.
But [F]most of all I [G7]miss a girl in [C]Tipperary town,
And [F]most of all I [G7]miss her lips as [C]soft as eider[G7]down.
A[C]gain I want to see and do the [F]things we've done and seen,
Where the breeze is sweet as [C]Shalimar, [C#dim]and there's[Dm7]forty [G7]shades of [C]green.

I wish that I could spend an hour at Dublin's churning surf;
I'd love to watch the farmers drain the bogs and spade the turf;
To see again the thatching of straw the women glean.
I'd walk from Cork to Larne to see their forty shades of green.
But most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town,
And most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown.
Again I want to see and do the things we've done and seen,
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalimar, and there's forty shades of green.


04 Jun 09 - 03:46 AM (#2647956)
Subject: RE: DT Correction: Forty Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
From: Brakn

There was a claim on Mudcat a few years ago that Claim didn't write it. Will try and find it.


04 Jun 09 - 05:59 PM (#2648567)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 40 Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
From: Joe Offer

Any more information on the question of authorship? Harry Fox Agency credits it to Johnny Cash.

-Joe-


04 Jun 09 - 07:30 PM (#2648640)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 40 Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
From: bankley

It's often overlooked that Cash wrote many fine songs.... Rosanne re-recorded 'Tennesse Flat Top Box'.. she knew her father had a hit with it years before, but only found out in the studio that he'd written it as well...


05 Jun 09 - 11:40 AM (#2649114)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 40 Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
From: Duke

I learned this tune from a lady in the snug of a pub in Bandon Ireland. She also gave me Cash's sheet music so I thought it had been written by him.


05 Jun 09 - 03:07 PM (#2649270)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 40 Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
From: Brakn

I found this on a thread from a couple of years ago, posted by a Guest.


(See thread)

"I'm sorry to say that I DO NOT think that Johnny Cash actually wrote the song Forty Shades of Green. Everywhere I look it says the idea came to him while he was flying over Ireland...but it didn't. I know the man who actually wrote that song. There was a man in Ireland, Father Patrick Coughlin, who would write songs and then sing them at local pubs. One day he sang that song at a pub where the right person heard it and he either gave johnny Cash the song or he stole it (not like he would have wanted the royalties for it..that's not who he was)...either way Johnny Cash did not actually write that song. My great Uncle Paddy did and that story has been told and will continue to be told by everyone who knew and/or is related to this wonderful man and I thought it should be said for everyone to see...."


05 Jun 09 - 03:23 PM (#2649285)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 40 Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
From: Brakn

Could be total rubbish though.


18 Mar 12 - 10:22 PM (#3324895)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 40 Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
From: justice

The "Shalimar" in the lyrics might not be a place, but a perfume: "Where the breeze is sweet as Shalimar..."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalimar_(perfume)