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Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl

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Galway Girl

[Chorus]
She played the fiddle in an Irish band
But she fell in love with an English man
Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand
Said, "Baby, I just want to dance"
 
[Verse 1]
I met her on Grafton street right outside of the bar
She shared a cigarette with me while her brother played the guitar
She asked me what does it mean, the Gaelic ink on your arm?
Said it was one of my friend's songs, do you want to drink on?
She took Jamie as a chaser, Jack for the fun
She got Arthur on the table with Johnny riding a shotgun
Chatted some more, one more drink at the bar
Then put Van on the jukebox, got up to dance
 
[Chorus]
You know, she played the fiddle in an Irish band
But she fell in love with an English man
Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand
Said, "Baby, I just want to dance"
With my pretty little Galway Girl
You're my pretty little Galway Girl
 
[Verse 2]
You know she beat me at darts and then she beat me at pool
And then she kissed me like there was nobody else in the room
As last orders were called was when she stood on the stool
After dancing the céili singing to trad tunes
I never heard Carrickfergus ever sung so sweet
A cappella in the bar using her feet for a beat
Oh, I could have that voice playing on repeat for a week
And in this packed out room swear she was singing to me
 
[Chorus]
You know, she played the fiddle in an Irish band
But she fell in love with an English man
Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand
Said, "Baby, I just want to dance"
My pretty little Galway Girl
My, my, my, my, my, my, my Galway Girl
My, my, my, my, my, my, my Galway Girl
My, my, my, my, my, my, my Galway Girl
 
[Verse 3]
And now we've outstayed our welcome and it's closing time
I was holding her hand, her hand was holding mine
Our coats both smell of smoke, whisky and wine
As we fill up our lungs with the cold air of the night
I walked her home then she took me inside
To finish some Doritos and another bottle of wine
I swear I'm gonna put you in a song that I write
About a Galway Girl and a perfect night
 
[Chorus]
She played the fiddle in an Irish band
But she fell in love with an English man
Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand
Said, "Baby, I just want to dance"
My pretty little Galway Girl
My, my, my, my, my, my, my Galway Girl
My, my, my, my, my, my, my Galway Girl
My, my, my, my, my, my, my Galway Girl
 
  • She played the fiddle in an Irish band:

    It is speculated that Ed is referring to Niamh Dunne, a member of the Irish folk group Beoga, who collaborated with Sheeran on this track. Dunne fits the description of a “Galway Girl,” coined by Steve Earle.

  • I met her on Grafton street right outside of the ...:

    Grafton street does have bars, they’re just in the connecting alleys. For example, Lilly’s a nightclub connected to Porterhouse on Nassau

  • She asked me what does it mean, the Gaelic ink on ...:

    Ed has a tattoo in Irish Gaelic on his arm that reads, “Nuair is gá dom fháil bhaile, is tú mo réalt eolais.” which means, “When I need to get home, you’re my guiding light.”

  • She took Jamie as a chaser, Jack for the fun:

    “Jamie” is short for Jameson, a popular brand of Irish Whiskey. “Jack” refers to Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

  • She got Arthur on the table with Johnny riding a ...:

    Arthur Guinness was a brewer who pioneered Guinness beer, Ireland’s most famous export, in the 18th century.

  • With my pretty little Galway Girl You're my ...:

    Both the girl in this song and the girl in Steve Earle’s “The Galway Girl” are black-haired, blue-eyed beauties, and both cast their spell over their respective artists. This might lead some to believe that if you’re a male musician, and you come to Galway, Ireland to perform and to learn more about Irish music, and you happen to meet a lovely young Irish girl with black hair and blue eyes, you are either about to fall in love or you’ve met your muse.

  • As last orders were called was when she stood on ...:

    A céili, is a traditional Scottish or Irish folk-social gathering with an emphasis on song and storytelling. ‘Trad’ is slang for ‘traditional.

  • Doritos:

    This is actually a reference to his cat Dorito, who he also has an Instagram account for both of his cats

  • I swear I'm gonna put you in a song that I ...:

    They’ve already stated that Ed’s going to write a song about Galway Girl, and everyone knows that’s a good foreshadowing though.

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Submitted by Rungroj TaweeRungroj Tawee on Thu, 02/03/2017 - 14:54
Last edited by Jethro ParisJethro Paris on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 23:54
Submitter's comments:

Guitar Chords https://woonz.jimdo.com/2017/03/08/galway-girl-chords-ed-sheeran/

Official lyrics verified by Ed Sheeran himself in Genius.

 

Comments
FelicityFelicity    Thu, 25/05/2017 - 21:58

*riding as shot gun
*ever sung so sweet

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