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Near Banbridge Town, in the County Down

One morning in July,

Down the boreen came a sweet colleen,

And she smiled as she passed me by;

Oh she looked so sweet from her two bare feet

To the crown of her nut-brown hair,

Such a winsome elf, that I pinched myself

To be sure I was really there


And from Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay,

And from Galway to Dublin town,

No maid I've seen like the sweet colleen

That I met in the County Down.


As she onward sped I shook my head

And I gazed with a feeling rare,

And I said, says I, to a passer-by,

`Who's the maid with the nut-brown hair?`

He smiled at me, and with pride says he,

`That's the gem of all Ireland's crown,

Young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann,

She's the Star of the County Down.`


At the harvest fair She'll be surely there

So I'll dress in my Sunday clothes

With my shoes shined bright and my hat just right

Win the heart of the nut-brown Rose.

No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke

And my plough will rust and brown,

Till a smiling bride by my own fireside

Sits the Star of the County Down.


boreen = dirt track or green lane











colleen = Irish Gaelic ‘cailín’, meaning young woman or maid

Sláinte in performance: Jeff Bremer (concertina/bass);

Lawson Dumbeck (guitar); Kent Hooper (whistles);

Jean Huskamp (mandolin); Anthea Lawrence (lead vocals/fiddle);

Bob McCaffery-Lent (guitars/cittern/vocals); Brynn Starr (fiddle/vocals)

Star of the County Down with Tacoma Youth Chorus

Performers - Sláinte - Album: Sláinte Mohr

Audio - Free Music Archive - CURATOR - Oddio Overplay

Issued with Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Puget Sounds (1995); Mooncoyne (2007) feature some of the same musicians.


The audio for Tanbur Music Education is unchanged. Lyrics have been added.

Listen to more music by TacomaYouthChorus on Soundcloud.


For further information about Irish Folk Music see the 2008 Slideshare

- a group English Project by Gemma, Marzena, Daniel and others.

STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN

Irish Music project from gemslila
Cleanderry - geograph.org.uk - 267961