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 Songs to Sing:


All the Pretty Little Horses - a soft and repetitious lullaby, quite pretty


Colorado Trail Song - an American tune written by a real cowboy


Come By the Hills - another popular Irish melody


Down By the Salley Gardens - a famous and pretty song, very sweet 


Green Bushes - a brisk little song that is pretty while being good for breath control training


Grenadier and the Lady - my favorite folk song of all.  Find out why


Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier - very beautiful, very moving, and a chance for your young singer to learn how to let her voice soar


Keegan's Waltz - this is a traditional Gaelic tune, but the lyrics are very new, supplied by a visitor to this site!


Lavender's Blue - this simple song is not only satisfying for beginning pianists, but also young singers who need to focus on basics.  With a lovely piano accompaniment.


Loch Lomond - the famous and sad song about never meeting again


Mari's Wedding - a singable tune with bouncy chords that is fun to play or sing


Minstrel Boy - a lovely and patriotic song about a warrior-poet


Molly Bawn - a sad story of a young hunter who thought he was shooting at a swan


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White, Orange and Green - though not widely known, this charming melody about fighting for the right to carry the flag of Ireland has stirring lyrics and soaring phrases. A favorite of my vocal & guitar students








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