#02708
The Black Velvet Band (Harry Hibbs) videos
See also: Black Velvet Band (The Irish Rovers)
And also: Black Velvet Band (Meredith & Anderson)
#1239: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Her eyes they shone like a diamond,
I saw her the queen of the land;
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

In the neat little town they call Belfast,
Apprenticed to trade I was bound;
And manys an hour of sweet happiness,
Have I spent in that neat little town.
Till sad misfortune came o'er me,
Which caused me to stray from the land;
Far away from me friends and relations,
Betrayed by the black velvet band.

Her eyes they shone like a diamond,
I saw her the queen of the land;
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

As I was strolling down Broadway,
Meaning not long for to stay;
When who should I meet
but this pretty fair maid,
Come a-courtin' along the highway.
She was both fair and handsome,
And her neck it was just like a swan;
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

As I was courtin' this pretty fair maid,
And a gentlemen passin' us by;
I know she meant the doing of him,
By the look in her roguish black eyes.
A gold watch she took from his pocket,
And placed it right into me hand;
And the very next thing that I said was,
That just fit a black velvet band.

Before the judge and the jury,
Next morning I had to appear;
The judge he says to me, "Young man,
Your case it is forever clear.
I'll give you seven years at hard labour,
To be served far away from this land."
Far away from me friends and relations,
Betrayed by the black velvet band.

So, come all you jolly young fellows,
A warning you'll take by me;
Whenever you're out on the town, me lads,
Beware of the pretty colleens.
They'll fill you up with some drink, me lads,
Till you are unable to stand;
And the very next thing that you'll know is,
You've landed in Van Dieman's Land.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an 18th-century British broadside ballad, Black Velvet Band to the tune of Tars Of The Blanch, published by Swindells (Manchester) sometime between 1796 and 1853, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 16(25c) ....####
This variant recorded by Harry Hibbs (Harry Hibbs At The Caribou Club, trk#6, 1968, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Ben Weatherby and recorded at Bay Studios, Toronto). In 2002 a digitally remastered CD was released by Unidisc Studios, Montreal by Robert Matichak.

See more songs by Harry Hibbs.

The video below features a variant by Harry Hibbs on a studio recording with Various Artists (Newfoundland's Greatest, trk#14, 1973 LP, ARC Sound, Toronto, Ontario); and (The Best Of Harry Hibbs, trk#1, 1978 LP, TeeVee Records, Edmonton, Alberta); and a posthumous remastered recording (The Very Best Of Harry Hibbs, Volume One, trk#8, 2001 CD, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto, Ontario, produced with extensive notes by Russell Bowers at Studio F, CBC Radio, St John's, NL).

#2335: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~
Variants were also recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador by Dick Nolan, 1968; Curtiss Clint, 1973; Eddie Coffey, 1997; Hal & Herb, 2004.

A popular variant was arranged and recorded as Black Velvet Band by The Irish Rovers (The Unicorn, trk #11, 1967, MCA-Decca).


See more songs by The Irish Rovers.

A variant was published as Black Velvet Band by Meredith and Anderson (Folksongs Of Australia, 1967, pp.145-146); (and Anderson, Colonial Ballads, 1962).

The video below features a recording of a variant by Allison Crowe of Nanaimo, British Columbia and Corner Brook, NL (Newfoundland Vinyl, trk#1, 2013 LP and CD, Rubenesque Records Ltd., Salt Spring Island, British Columbia).


See more songs by Allison Crowe.

#2375: YouTube video by Adrian22
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

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