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The Star Of The County Down (Traditional) MIDIs, videos
#1022: YouTube video by mamasaid ©2006
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Near Banbridge Town in the County Down,
One morning last July,
From a boreen green came a sweet colleen,
And 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,
For to see I was really there.

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, sure I scratched my head,
Then I looked with a feeling rare;
And I says, says I, to a passer-by,
"Who's the maid with the nut-brown hair?"
He smiled at me and he says, says he,
"That's the gem of the Ireland crown;
Young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann,
She's the star of the County Down".

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 harvest fair she'll be surely there,
So I'll dress in my Sunday clothes;
With my shoes shone bright and my hat cocked right,
For a smile of a nut-brown rose.
No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke,
Till my plough is rust coloured brown;
Till a smiling bride, by my own fireside,
Sits the star of the County Down.

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.

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.

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

#1593: YouTube video by raymondcrooke ©2011
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[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.
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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