I’ll Tell Me Ma – Tablature for One-String Canjo

“I’ll Tell Me Ma” is a popular children’s song dating back to 19th century England.

Also known as “The Belle of Belfast City”, it has since become somewhat of a staple in Irish music sessions.

Below we bring you a version of this popular tune for Diatonically fretted one-string Canjos, as well as the first verse of the song.

 

0    2  2  2    3 2  2
Tell me ma when I go home

2   2    1     1     2   1     0 0
The boys won’t leave the girls a-lone

0    2    2  2     3    2     2  2
They pull my hair, they stole my comb

2   2      1 1     2    1 0  0
But that’s alright till I go home

4   4  4   2     3   3  3   1 
She is handsome, she is pretty

2   2  2   2     0  1  1   1 
She is the Belle of Dublin city

4   4  4 4   2    3    3    3   
She is a-courting one, two, three

2      1     1   0    1  2   1  0   
Please won’t you tell me who is she