Album: The Last WaltzThe music and lyrics to the song "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral" were written in 1913 by James Royce Shannon (1881-1946). It premiered in Chauncey Olcott"s production of "Shameen Dhu" ("Black-haired Jimmy"). The song later became a hit for Bing Crosby who sang it in "Going My Way" (1944).The live version with The Band and Van Morrison omits the first verse of the song and changes the lyrics a little.


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The originalsong goes like this:
Over in Killarney,Many years ago,Me mither sang a song to meIn tones so sweet and low.Just a simple little ditty,In her good ould Irish way,And I"d give the world if she could singThat song to me this day.Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,Too-ra-loo-ra-li,Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,Hush, now don"t you cry!Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,Too-ra-loo-ra-li,Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,That"s an Irish lullaby.Oft, in dreams I wanderTo that cot again,I feel her arms a huggin" meAs when she held me then.And I hear her voice a humin"To me as in days or yore,When she used to rock me fast asleepOutside the cabin door.Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,Too-ra-loo-ra-li,Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,Hush, now don"t you cry!Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,Too-ra-loo-ra-li,Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,That"s an Irish lullaby.
A few weird chords here. I don"t know what the first chord is so I called it Bsus2addb6.Cause essentially that"s what it is and it"s played low to high:Bsus2addb6-(x24223).The other weird chord is maybe a Gdim7 but who really cares anyways.There"s a few ways to play it:Gdim7-(xx2323),Gdim7-(x12323),Gdim7-(678686).The first is obviously the easiest but sounds empty, I think the second sound the best.The chords in brackets are single bass notes to lead up.Play the same chord progression through Van Morrison"s part as the first.Then repeat Richard Manuel"s part at the end when they"re both singing.And finally run right into the C#7 for the ending.--Neil FitzpatrickBsus2addb6 (B-C#-D#)E A E (E-F#-G#)Tura Lura LuralA Gdim7Tura Lura LieE A E C#7Tura Lura LuralF#7 B7 (B-C#-D#)Hush now Don"t you cryE A E (E-F#-G#)Tura lura luralA Gdim7Tura lura lieE A E C#7Tura lura lura F#7 B7 EThat"s an Irish LullabyWell it"s oftenSomething in dreams I"ve wonderedRight back, back to that cott againAnd I feel and I feel her arms a huggin meJust like she did like she did way back thenAnd I hear her voice a humminJust like way back in days of yuleWhen she used to rock me she used to rock meOutside, outside the kitchen doorThat"s why I"m singing tonightEnding:C#7 F#7 B7 A E Oh yes, It"s just an Irish Lullaby Webmaster