Chords for the song: The handles broken on my cup

Jonathan Brocklebank requested the chords for The handles broken on my cup. Happy to oblige. :-)

First the basic chord sequence. The song hasn't got a conventional verse chorus structure so I'll write out the entire sequence:

First line first verse
D A6 D A6 D A6 D A6

Second line first verse
D A6 D A6

(oh no, oh no ..)
G A D A6 D A6

repeat above for second verse

First change (And all the plans that we made....)
G A D G Em A D A6 D A6

First line third verse
D A6 D A6 D A6 D A6

Second line third verse
D A6 D A6

(oh no, oh no ..)
G A D A6 D D A6

Second change (And all the plans that we made....)
G A D G Em A D D7

Repeat above - but with added Bm chord and no Em
G A D Bm G A D D7

Same again but back to D A6 sequence rather than D7
G A D Bm G A

Outro D A6 D A6 D A6 D A6

Tips for playing it

The Boom ching ching boom ching ching rhythm of the verse is developed by constantly switching between the D chord and an A6 chord (barr the four high strings at the second fret) - and playing the unfretted bottom four strings in between each change. Basically you change chord from D to A6 after every bass note.

It Works like this: hold a D chord play the open D bass note (fourth string) then strum the top three notes of the chord twice - then pull the chord off to ring the unfretted notes, switch to the A6 cord - then play an the open A note (fifth string) as your bass note and strum the 4 high notes that are barred at the second fret (i.e the high notes of the A6).

You could of course just use D and A - but add that high note to the A gives a different quality to the sound.

I hadn't realised that that was how I played this song until I sat down to the write the chords out. It was surprisingly difficult figure it out. :-)

» Click here to get two free tracks and a free ringtone.

Enter your name & email
address and get your free
copy of Down by the Wildwood

You will be added Jim's acoustic music adventures mailing list.

What the critics said about 'Every day is sunshine' by Jim Byrne.

  • "a heady and exotic mix. " Q Magazine.
  • "..full of cinematic turns of phrase, dressed up in alluring melodies delivered by some of the most respected players on the modern-day Celtic Folk scene." UNCUT
  • Album of the week on Celtic Music Radio
  • Added to 'God's Jukebox' on Radio Two Mark Lamarr show
  • "A beautifully produced collection of Americana" The Daily Record. Four Stars
  • "Great record... a complete, compelling listen. ", Adam Levy (Songwriter/artist, guitarist with Nora Jones)
  • "ten beautiful, atmospheric songs..", Folk, Blues and beyond
  • "a fresh, original album", Eilidh Patterson (singer songwriter, vocalist with Beth Nielsen Chapman)
  • Sounding like Johnny Cash never left Folsom prison...meditations on life that'll soon sound like old friends. Spiral Earth

Buy from iTunes today