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SALLEY GARDENS 3

Traditional Irish Song

Musical Arrangement and Solo Ukulele - Colin Tribe

Recording appears here with kind permission (from Colin Tribe)


Learn the song using vocal / instrumental versions by

Dancing Willow, Sláinte, Colin Tribe, Benjamin Britten, and others.

When the melody and lyrics are familiar, prepare

your solo or small group singalong.


Colin Tribe offers ukulele players the chance to download the tab

for his version of Salley Gardens “with a touch of Benjamin Britten”.

He also has “a nice simple arrangement” available in his publication by

Schott of ‘Irish Folk Tunes for Ukulele’.


Poem by W.B. Yeats from 1889:

Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;

She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.

She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;

But I being young and foolish, with her would not agree.


In a field down by the river my love and I did stand,

And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.

She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;

But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.