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As I roved out one morning fair,

Bright and early as I strayed,

It being in the merry month of May

As the birds sang on each tree.

The sun it shone so merrily

And billowing with pride,

Where primroses and daisies there,

Down by Blackwaterside

I'd scarcely gone but half a mile,

When there by chance I spied

two lovers talking as they walked

Down by Blackwaterside.

And as he held her in his arms,

These words to her did say,

`When I am in Americay,

I'll be true to my Irish maid.`

`When you go to Americay

Those Yankee girls you'll find.

And you'll have sweethearts of your own

More pleasing to your mind.

Do not forget the promises

Or the vows you made to me.

Oh, stay at home, love, do not roam

From your only Irish Maid.`

These two young hearts together

So fondly did embrace.

Like dew upon the honey drops,

The tears run down her face.

`There's not a day while your away

I'll visit soon this place.

Until you do return again

to your lonely Irish maid.`

Vocal solo - Maranna McCloskey

Bouzouki - Micky McCluskey

Flute - Barry Kerr

As Maranna explains, a young man is leaving for America. But will he remain true to his Irish maid? Recording and images from live concert, youtube, bennyram.

Audio unchanged, lyrics added.


‘Lonely Irish Maid’ is Track 4 of Maranna’s 2008 album ‘At Last’.

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