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Red Is The Rose (Traditional) MIDI

See also: Red Is The Rose (Ennis Sisters)
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Over the mountains and down in the glen,
To a little thatched cot in the valley;
Where the thrush and the linnet
sing their ditty and their song,
And my love's leaning over the half-door.

Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows,
Fair is the lily of the valley;
Clear are the waters that flow in yonder stream,
But my love is fairer than any.

Down by the seashore on a cool summer's eve,
With the moon rising over the heather;
The moon it shown fair on her head of golden hair,
And she vowed she'd be my love forever.

Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows,
Fair is the lily of the valley;
Clear are the waters that flow in yonder stream,
But my love is fairer than any.

It is not for the loss of my own sister Kate,
It is not for the loss of my mother;
It is all for the loss of my bonnie blue-eyed lass,
That I'm leaving my homeland forever.

Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows,
Fair is the lily of the valley;
Clear are the waters that flow in yonder stream,
But my love is fairer than any.
But my love is fairer than any.

####.... Author unknown ....####
Recorded by old-style Irish traditional singer Joe Heaney [1919-1984] on Say A Song - Joe Heaney In The Pacific Northwest ℗1996 by Northwest Archives, Seattle, WA. All rights reserved. This variant was sung by American gospel hymn collector and singer Lucy Simpson and by American folk musician Helen Bonchek Schneyer [1921-2005] from the singing of Joe Heaney, who claimed his grandfather taught him this traditional Irish lament.

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