George:

In Banbridge town, in the County Down one morning last July
By a boreen green came a sweet colleen, 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 to see I was really there

Chorus: (George, Emmet, Neil, Colm)

From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin Town
No maid I've seen like the fair colleen that I met in the County Down

Neil:

As she onward sped, sure, I scratched my head
And I looked with a feeling rare
And I said, says I, to a passer-by
Who's the maid with the nut-brown hair?
She smiled at me, and he said, said he, she's the gem of Irelands crown
Young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann
She's the star of the County Down

Chorus: (George, Emmet, Neil, Colm)

From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin Town
No maid I've seen like the fair colleen that I met in the County Down

Colm:

I've travelled a bit for was never was smit since my roving career began
But fair and square, I surrendered there to the charms of Rosie McCann
I'd a heart to let, and no tenant yet had I met in a shawl or gown
But in she went, and I asked no rent from the star of the County Down

Chorus: (George, Emmet, Neil, Colm)

From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin Town
No maid I've seen like the fair colleen that I met in the County Down

Emmet:

At the harvest fair, she'll be surely there, when I'll 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 I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke, 'til my plough is a rust-colored brown
'Til a smiling bride by my own fireside sits the Star of the County Down

Chorus: (George, Emmet, Neil, Colm)

From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin Town
No maid I've seen like the fair colleen that I met in the County Down

Chorus: (George, Emmet, Neil, Colm)

From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin Town
No maid I've seen like the fair colleen that I met in the County Down

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Patricia

History Behind the Song

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"Star of the County Down" is a old Irish ballad set near Banbridge in County Down, in Northern Ireland. The words are by Cathal McGarvey (1866–1927) from Ramelton, County Donegal. The tune is similar to that of several other works, including the almost identical English tune "Kingsfold", well known from several popular hymns, such as "Led By the Spirit". The folk tune was the basis for Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus.

The melody was also used in an old Irish folk song called "My Love Nell". The lyrics of "My Love Nell" tell the story of young man who courts a girl but loses her when she emigrates to America. The only real similarity with "Star of the County Down" is that Nell too comes from County Down. This may have inspired McGarvey to place the heroine of his new song in Down as well. McGarvey was from Donegal.

The song is sung from the point of view of a young man who chances to meet a charming lady by the name of Rose (or Rosie) McCann, referred to as the "Star of the County Down". From a brief encounter the writer's infatuation grows until, by the end of the ballad, he imagines wedding the girl.

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Patricia

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