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Molly Bawn (Ryan's Fancy) tabs, videos
See also: Molly Bawn (Collected by Karpeles)
And also: Molly Bawn (Collected by Leach)
#272: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
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'Tis I am sad and lonely down in the distant west,
The happy dreams of boyhood years at night disturb my rest;
For it's in this weary heart of mine to forget it ne'er shall be,
Of the days I spent with Molly Bawn a-boating on Loch Ri.

She was young and beautiful, as gentle as the fawn,
Her eyes they shone like diamonds bright, like stars at early dawn;
A smile she had for every lad, but her love was all for me,
When first I gazed on Molly Bawn a-boating on Loch Ri.

And when she said she'd be my bride how happy then was I,
The pleasant dreams of boyhood years, how swiftly they've flown by;
The heaven's light shone in her eyes, she was too good for me,
An angel claimed her for his own and took her from Loch Ri.

Oh, I have lived the stormy life, my hair is a silvery hue,
A plaintive voice rings in my ear in tones I can't subdue;
A lovely form still lingers there and a face I think I see,
Oh, that's the face of Molly Bawn a-boating on Loch Ri.

####.... Originally based on a selection from Amatory Poems by John Keegan Casey [1816-1849] this arrangement is by Dennis Ryan of Ryan's Fancy ....####
This variant recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Brand New Songs ©1977, RCA Records; and Sea People ©1979, Boot Records)

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A variant of Molly Bawn was sung in 1950 by Alphonse (Alphonse) O'Driscoll [1901-?] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The variant in the video below was arranged and recorded by Sons Of Erin (Pleasant And Delightful, trk#9, 1980, Erinson Records, St John's, NL).


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#631: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
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[G] 'Tis I am sad and [C] lonely [G] down in the dis-[ D] tant west, [G]
The [C] happy dreams of boyhood years at [G] night disturb my [D] rest;
For [C] it's in this weary heart of mine to [G] forget it ne'er shall [D] be,
Of the [G] days I spent with [C] Molly [G] Bawn a-boating [D] on Loch [G] [G] Ri.

[G] She was young and [C] beautiful, [G] as gentle [D] as the [G] fawn,
Her [C] eyes they shone[D] like diamonds bright, [G] like stars at early dawn;
A [C] smile she had for every lad but her [G] love was all for [D] me,
[G] When first I gazed on [C] Molly [G] Bawn a-boating [D] on Loch [G] Ri.

[G] And when she said she'd [C] be my bride, [G] how happy [D] then was [G] I,
The [C] pleasant dreams of boyhood years, how [G] swiftly they've flown [D] by;
The [C] heaven light shone in her eyes, she [D] was too good for [G] me,
An [G] angel claimed her for [C] his own [G] and took her [D] from Loch [G] Ri.

Oh, I have lived the [C] stormy [G] life, my hair is a [D] silvery [G] hue
A [C] plaintive voice rings in my ear in [G] tones I can't sub- [D] due,
A [C] lovely form still lingers there and a [G] face I think I [D] see;
Oh, [G] that's the face of [C] Molly [G] Bawn a-boating [D] on Loch [G] Ri.


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