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The Banks Of The Roses (Padraig Grimes) video
See also: The Banks Of The Roses (Kenneth Peacock)
#2383: YouTube video by tillyireland
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On the banks of the roses, my love and I sat down,
And I took out me fiddle for to play my love a tune;
In the middle of the tune, me boys,
she smiled and she said,
O, Johnny, lovely Johnny, don't you leave me.

O, when I was a young man, I heard my father say,
He would rather see me dead and buried in the clay;
Than off and be married to just any runaway,
By the lovely sweet banks of the roses.

On the banks of the roses, my love and I sat down,
And I took out me fiddle for to play my love a tune;
In the middle of the tune, me boys,
she smiled and she said,
O, Johnny, lovely Johnny, don't you leave me.

Well, I am no runaway and soon I'll let them know,
Well, I can take a bottle or leave it alone;
If a father doesn't like me,
he can keep his daughter at home,
And Johnny will go roving with another.

On the banks of the roses, my love and I sat down,
And I took out me fiddle for to play my love a tune;
In the middle of the tune, me boys,
she smiled and she said,
O, Johnny, lovely Johnny, don't you leave me.

O, when I get married, 'twill be in the month of May,
When the flowers are blooming
and the meadows are gay;
And me and my true love
will dance and sport and play,
By the lovely sweet banks of the roses.

On the banks of the roses, my love and I sat down,
And I took out me fiddle for to play my love a tune;
In the middle of the tune, me boys,
she smiled and she said,
O, Johnny, lovely Johnny, don't you leave me.

On the banks of the roses, my love and I sat down,
And I took out me fiddle for to play my love a tune;
In the middle of the tune, me boys,
she smiled and she said,
O, Johnny, lovely Johnny, don't you leave me.

O, Johnny, lovely Johnny, don't you leave me.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an 18th-century traditional Irish ballad ....####
The video above features a live performance by Padraig Grimes of Castlebar, Ireland.

A variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1952 from Kenneth Monks [1877-?] of King's Cove, NL, and published as The Banks Of The Roses in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.497-498, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that a similar variant appears in Irish Street Ballads, p.158, collected by Colm O Lochlainn, whose mother had learned it from her father who was born in 1918 in Limerick, Ireland. Another quite different Newfoundland version called The Banks Of The Dizzy was sung in 1929 by Thomas (Tom) White Jr [1892-?] of Sandy Cove, St Barbe, NL, and published in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1968). Sometimes Jimmy (or Johnny) plays on his fiddle rather than on his flute, but in either case the symbolism is obvious.



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