In a field down by the river, my love and I did stand
And upon my leaning shoulder, she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me to take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs,
But I was young and foolish, and now I am full of tears.
Down by the Sally Gardens, my love and I did meet.
She crossed the Sally Gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me to take life easy, as the leaves blow on the tree,
But I was young and foolish, and with her I did not agree.
music: traditional, arranged by Loreena McKennitt
lyrics: W.B. Yeats
From: The wind that shakes the barley (2010).
A live version appears on Troubadours on the Rhine (2012).
The song can also be found on The journey so far - The Best of Loreena McKennitt (2014).
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