Spanish Ladies Guitar Tabs  
& Piano Music Downloads

Spanish Ladies, with a new performance-ready sheet for you & your student guitarist.  Take a look at the new music and you will see at once that it will be easy to read & sing the lyrics (& play the chords!) in a recital!

I have arranged this great song in several keys.  Here is page one of the new LARGER LYRICS version, suitable for singing on stage:

Spanish Ladies for voice & guitar

Please scroll down the page for the download links.


This is a swashbuckling song of old England, a sea chantey.  Your students are sure to enjoy this free sheet music for voice, piano, and guitar! 

Here is a look at page two of the new "stage performance" ready lyrics:

Page two of Spanish Ladies for guitar, with extra-large lyrics.

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

This is VERY FUN to play and sing... you might be surprised to know that even little boys will belt this out!  I've had two different boys play AND SING it with me at recitals in the last year.

Here is a vocal duet for lower voices:

Tenor and baritone vocal duet


Men's vocal duet

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Though the parts look as if they are for two men, I actually arranged this duet for a sister and brother. She is capable of singing quite low, so I set the melody as for a tenor (admittedly, rather a high tenor).  

Her brother's voice is changing - that is, he is in the middle of puberty! - so I didn't want to send his voice too low.

The bottom part is almost exactly the same on pages 1 & 2, until you get to "From Ushant to Scilly, it's thirty-five leagues!", where I have got the bass line moving stepwise.  It may be a bit tricky...

If the parts seem either too high or too low for your singers to execute well, have them learn it anyway, and transpose it.

Now for the BEAUTIFUL piano arrangement!

While the piano part is probably too challenging for younger students, with an accompaniment similar to Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier, it is enjoyable to play, with a bit of delicacy called for at the beginning, giving way to big chords that you can push on if you want!

For players who aren't ready to play inversions, the melody is quite doable as single notes, with careful fingering, and simple block chords in the left hand can take the place of the arrangement offered here.  

See the free lead sheet with guitar tabs at the bottom of  the page - it is in the key of A minor, almost as easy as this song gets. (Even easier- Check out the Middle C version for piano.)

Beautiful piano arrangement of


Sea shanty Spanish Ladies for piano

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Though I first heard this old sea shanty sung by the captain in "Jaws" (only a tiny part, and sung rather badly), I later came across it in Cecil Sharp's "One Hundred English Folksongs", a treasure trove of old folk songs.

My piano arrangement is quite different from his, which has giant chords in the right hand and lots of octaves in the left.

A word about pronunciation: after careful listening to several video versions of Spanish Ladies, I decided that "From Ushant to Scilly" should be pronounced "from OOO-shunt to SEE-lee".

I hope I'm right; I like the way it sounds and it's fun to sing. 

Update: In "Poldark" Season 2, there's an episode where smugglers are stopping off in Scilly, and they pronounce it just as I thought: SEE-lee.

And here are the guitar tabs for this great song, in the key of Am. 

The key of Am is the easiest for guitar players, though it is a bit high for some singers.  Or too low!  So make this a capo song (I like it from frets 3 to 5) and both you and your student will have a fun song to practice the capo with.  

This is the arrangement I ponied off of to make the "larger lyrics" version at the top of the page... both my student & I were peering at the tiny words here:

Easy guitar tabs for Spanish Ladies


Sea chanty guitar tabs

For younger students who want the fun of playing this song on the piano in a simple version (and even playing a duet version) go to this page to check out the Middle C arrangements... one is in Cm, and one is in Dm.

Have fun! 





The new guitar version with easy-to-read lyrics:


Download new guitar arrangement of Spanish Ladies with large words



The vocal parts:


Download vocal duet for baritone and tenor (or low alto!)



The links to the piano arrangements:


Download piano sheet music free printable Spanish Ladies in Am 


Download free printable sheet music Key of Gm 


Download free folk sheet music in Em 



The link to the original guitar music, with all the verses:


Download free guitar tabs for folk tune in Key of Am





More Folk & Traditional Songs

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Ash Grove - an elegant melody that sounds more classical than folk, the lyrics are old-fashioned and poignant

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Green Bushes - a fast, light, pretty melody that speaks of false-hearted love, and feels very "English" in both lyrics and chord progressions

Grenadier and the Lady - Number One with me!  So beautiful, somewhat sad. Lots of opportunities for expressive singing

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier - Lovely.  Important for breath control and learning to mold a phrase

Lavender's Blue, a pretty song that is VERY simple to sing!  Perfect for young girls just starting out.  Many basics of singing can be taught with this easy song!

Loch Lomond, the most famous song of all from Scotland.  Still beautiful

Mari's Wedding - lots of energy in this Scottish tune, which sounds great with guitar and fiddle backup

The Minstrel Boy - though rather difficult with its long phrases & reaches, this Irish song about the love for one's country is very moving and beautiful.  A great song for BOYS.

Molly Bawn - So sad, but so IRRESISTIBLE.  Lovely and evocative, and requiring good air support, it is educational as well as being satisfying to the musical soul

Muss i denn or Abschied (Wooden Heart) - from Germany by way of Elvis, an adorable folk tune!

Once I Had a Sweetheart - another sad, pretty, and image-arousing song, once sung by Joan Baez

Parting Glass - There are many versions of this GREAT Irish melody.  Download mine free, then check out others!

Scarborough Fair - an old favorite from England, still lovely

She Moved Through the Fair - a strange, shifting melody, with almost creepy lyrics that will haunt you

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Skye Boat Song - a singable old Scottish song with a great tune about the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden

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The Spanish Lady - Upbeat and energetic, this song is fun to perform with a group

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