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-
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-
`Who's the maid with the nut-
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-
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);
Star of the County Down with Tacoma Youth Chorus
Issued with Attribution-
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
STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN