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K:D {i}The original lyrics are as follows:{/i} The [D]minstrel boy to the war is [G]gone, In the [D]ranks of death you'll [A]find [D]him; His father's sword he has girded [G]on, And his [D]wild harp slung be-[A]hind him; "Oh [Bm]Land of Song!" said the [F#m]warrior bard, "Though [Bm]all the world be-[G]trays thee, One [D]sword, at least, thy rights shall [G]guard, One [D]faithful harp shall [A]praise [D]thee!" The [D]Minstrel fell! But the foeman's [G]chain Could not [D]bring his proud soul [A]un-[D]der; The harp he loved ne'er spoke a-[G]gain, For he [D]tore its chords a-[A]sunder; And [Bm]said "No chains shall [F#m]sully thee, Thou [Bm]soul of love and [G]bravery! Thy [D]songs were made for the pure and [G]free They shall [D]never sound in [A]slave-[D]ry!" {i}During the American Civil War a third verse{/i} {i}was written by an unknown author, and is{/i} {i}sometimes included in renditions of the song:{/i} The [D]Minstrel Boy will return we [G]pray When we [D]hear the news we all will [A]cheer [D]it, The minstrel boy will return one [G]day, Torn per-[D]haps in body, not in [A]spirit. Then [Bm]may he play on his [F#m]harp in peace, In a [Bm]world such as [G]heaven intended, For [D]all the bitterness of man must [G]cease, And [D]ev'ry battle must be [A]end-[D]ed.