#01982
Red Is The Rose (Ennis Sisters)
See also: Red Is The Rose (Joe Heaney)
#202 YouTube video by bodhrannf
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

Come over the hills, my bonny Irish lass,
Come over the hills to your darling;
You choose the rose, love, and I'll make the vow,
And I'll be your true love forever.

Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows,
Fair is the lily of the valley;
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne,
And my love is fairer than any.

'Twas down by Killarney's green woods that we strayed,
The moon and the stars they were shining;
The moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair,
She swore she'd be my love forever.

Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows,
Fair is the lily of the valley;
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne,
And my love is fairer than any.

It's not for the parting that my sister pains,
It's not for the grief of my mother;
It's all for the loss of my bonny Irish lass,
That my heart is breaking forever.

Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows,
Fair is the lily of the valley;
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne,
And my love is fairer than any.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an Irish traditional ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by the Ennis Sisters (Red Is The Rose, 1997; Can't Be The Same, 2003, WEA International).

Liner notes: This was one of the first songs that we learned as a trio. It's a beautiful Irish traditional love song that we've been singing for years and it's still one of our favourite songs to perform in concert.


See more songs by Ennis.

A variant was also recorded as Red Is The Rose by old-style Irish traditional singer Joe Heaney [1919-1984] who claimed his grandfather taught him this traditional Irish lament.

A variant was also recorded in the LP Makem And Clancy Collection, 1980 (Shanachie Recordings, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, trk#9.)


See more songs by Makem and Clancy.

The video below features a guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

#820 YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

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