Loreena McKennitt - The star of the County Down

Banbridge Town in the County Down
One morning last July,
From a boreen green came a sweet colleen
And she smiled as she passed me by.
She looked so sweet from her two bare feet
To the sheen of her nut brown hair
Such a coaxing elf, sure I shook myself
For to see I was really there.

Chorus
From Bantry Bay into Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin Town
No maid Ive seen like the fair colleen
That I met in the County Down

As she onward sped, sure I scratched my head,
And I looked with a feelin rare,
And I says, says I, to a passer-by,
Whos the maid with the nut brown hair?
He smiled at me and he says, says he,
Thats the gem of Irelands crown.
Young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann,
Shes the star of the County Down.

Chorus
From Bantry Bay into Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin Town
No maid Ive seen like the fair colleen
That I met in the County Down

The Harvest Fair shell be surely there
And Ill dress in my Sunday clothes,
With my shoes shone bright and my hat cocked right
For a smile from my nut brown rose.
No pipe Ill smoke, no horse Ill yoke
Till my plough turns rust coloured brown.
Till my smiling bride by my own fireside
Sits the star of the County Down.

Chorus
From Bantry Bay into Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin Town
No maid Ive seen like the fair colleen
That I met in the County Down

Repeat chorus


music: traditional, arranged by Loreena McKennitt
lyrics: traditional
From: The wind that shakes the barley (2010).

The song can also be found on The journey so far - The Best of Loreena McKennitt (2014).

 
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created: 3 December 2010
last modified: 25 January 2014