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The Star Of The County Down (Traditional) w/MIDIs and videos

               #1022: YouTube video by mamasaid ©2006
                             ~ Used with permission ~

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Near to Banbridge Town, in the County Down,
One morning in July,
Down a boreen green came a sweet colleen,
And she smiled as she passed me by;
Oh, she looked so neat from her two white feet,
To the sheen of her nut-brown hair,
Sure the coaxing elf, I'd to shake myself,
To make sure I was standing there.

Oh, from Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay,
And from Galway to Dublin town,
No maid I've seen like the brown colleen,
That I met in the County Down.

As she onward sped I shook my head,
And I gazed with a feeling quare,
And I said, says I, to a passer-by,
"Who's the maid with the nut-brown hair?"
Oh, he smiled at me, and with pride says he,
"That's the gem of Ireland's crown,
She's young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann,
She's the Star of the County Down."

Oh, from Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay,
And from Galway to Dublin town,
No maid I've seen like the brown colleen,
That I met in the County Down.

I've travelled a bit, but never was hit,
Since my roving career began,
But fair and square I surrendered there,
To the charms of young Rose McCann;
I'd a heart to let and no tenant yet,
Did I meet within shawl or gown,
But in she went and I asked no rent,
From the Star of the County Down.

Oh, from Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay,
And from Galway to Dublin town,
No maid I've seen like the brown colleen,
That I met in the County Down.

At the crossroads fair I'll be surely there,
And I'll dress in my Sunday clothes,
And I'll try sheep's eyes, and deludering lies,
On the heart of the nut-brown Rose;
No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke,
Though with rust my plow turns brown,
Till a smiling bride by my own fireside,
Sits the Star of the County Down.

Oh, from Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay,
And from Galway to Dublin town,
No maid I've seen like the brown colleen,
That I met in the County Down.

####.... 18th century Irish traditional credited by Colm O'Lochlainn to Cathal McGarvey (Irish Country Songs, 1936) ....####
A variant was recorded by Sons of Erin (The Sons Of Erin. Volume 1, Alive 'N' Kickin', trk#2;, 1991, Erinson Music, St. John's, NL).

See more songs by Sons of Erin.

The tune for this song was also used for The Banks Of Newfoundland.

The YouTube video above features the Orthodox Celts (The Celts Strike Again, trk#13, 1997) in a 1997 music video directed by Darko Debelic, who notes that the Orthodox Celts is Belgrade's most popular Irish and Celtic music band. They are very popular in Serbia and neighbouring states as well, mainly for their vibrant live shows.

The YouTube video below features an excellent cover performance by Stephen Rowe of Heart's Content and Gander, NL.



                #230: YouTube video by bodhrannf ©2008
                             ~ Used with permission ~

The YouTube video below features an excellent cover performance by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, Australia.


            #1593: YouTube video by raymondcrooke ©2011
                              ~ Used with permission ~


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Notes On Guitar Tabs:
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All guitar tabs have been contributed by visitors to this site and represent their interpretation of the tune. We are unable to verify their accuracy.

[Em] Near to Banbridge Town, in the [G] County [D] Down,
One [Em] morning in [D] July,
Down a [Em] boreen green came a [G] sweet [D] colleen,
And she [Em] smiled as she [D] passed me [Em] by;
Oh, she [G] looked so neat from her [D] two white feet,
To the [G] sheen of her [Em] nut-brown [D] hair,
[Em] Sure the coaxing elf, [G] I'd to [D] shake myself,
To [Em] make sure I was [D] standing [Em] there.

Oh, from [Em] Bantry Bay up to [G] Derry [D] Quay,
And from [Em] Galway to Dub- [D] lin town,
No [Em] maid I've seen like the [G] brown [D] colleen,
That I [Em] met in the [D] County [Em] Down.





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