The Leaving Of Liverpool polka

There are 31 recordings of this tune.

The Leaving Of Liverpool has been added to 16 tune sets.

The Leaving Of Liverpool has been added to 265 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Leaving Of Liverpool
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE|F3 A|GF ED|d3 B|A2 DE|
F2 A2|B2 A2|E4|E2 DE|
F3 A|GF DE|d3 B|A2 DE|
F2 AF|E2 E2|D4|
|:D2 cd|e3 c|A2 ce|d3 B|
A3 D|F3 A|B A G F|E4|
A2 A G|F2 FA|G F E D|d3B|
A D2E|F A A F|E2 E2|D4:|
X: 2
T: The Leaving Of Liverpool
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE|F3A|GF ED|d2 B2|A2 DE|FAAA|B2 AF|E4|z|
A AG|F3A|GF ED|d2 B2|A2 DE|FA AF|E3 D|D4|Dz||
cd|e3c|A2 ce|d2 B2|A2 DE|FAAA|B2 AF|E4|z|
AAG|F3A|GF ED|d2 B2|A2 DE|FA AF|E3 D|D4|Dz||

Twelve comments

Never thought of this as a dance tune (polka) but it was a great song at the sessions back in the sixties (was it Dominic behan who wrote it?) - I know the Dubliners recorded a geat and spirited version of it back in those times.

Yes, me neither. Beth recorded it with Siucra on their first album.

The Pogues

made a great version , too

Also a dance tune

A dance has been created to this song tune and is found within the English tradition. The tune can never really be described as a Polka but when used for the dance it is played in march tempo. I think it’s a great tune and enjoy playing it immensely.

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I like the Gaelic Storm version if you haven’t heard it check it out.

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i’ve got a really slow and boring version on some Irish CD i got for 5 bucks at Best Buy…the Gaelic Storm version is much better.

I love this song…makes a great dance tune too doesn’t it?

Farewell to you my own true love, I am going far far away…

Clancy Brothers

Check out the Clancy Brother’s live version of this song. Its a pretty cool intro, and nice banjo work.

Does anyone have or know the chords for this one?


T:The Leaving of Liverpool
P:V “Verse”
DE|F3A |GF ED|d2 B2 |A2 DE|FA-AA|B2 AF|E4|z|
A AG|F3A |GF ED|d2 B2 |A2 DE|FA AF|E3 D|D4|-Dz ||
z2|“D”z4|“A”z4|“G”z4 |“D”z4|“D”z4|“G”z4|“A”z4|“A7”z|
z3|“D”z4|“A”z4|“G”z4 |“D”z4|“D”z4|“A”z4|“D”z4|“D”z2||
P:C “Chorus”
cd|e3c|A2 ce|d2 B2|A2 DE|FA-AA|B2 AF|E4|z |
AAG|F3A |GF ED|d2 B2 |A2 DE|FA AF|E3 D|D4|-Dz ||
z3|“D”z4|“A”z4|“G”z4 |“D”z4|“D”z4|“A”z4|“D”z4|“D”z2||

Pipe Tune

We have played this for years in the pipe band as a 4/4 march. I also play it in sessions up tempo at 120 BPM. Nice catchy tune.

Re: The Leaving Of Liverpool

I first heard the song version by the Corries, on an album with Paddie Bell. It’s great and I’d really recommend it. I’ll check out the Dubliners, the Pogues and other versions.