Loreena McKennitt - The Star of the County Down Lyrics

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Banbridge Town in the County Down
One morning last July,
From a boreen green came a sweet colleen
And she smiled as she passed me by.
She looked so sweet from her two bare feet
To the sheen of her nut brown hair
Such a coaxing elf, sure I shook myself
For to see I was really there.

[Chorus:]
From Bantry Bay into Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin Town
No maid I've seen like the fair colleen
That I met in the County Down

As she onward sped, sure I scratched my head,
And I looked with a feelin' rare,
And I says, says I, to a passer-by,
"Who's the maid with the nut brown hair?
He smiled at me and he says, says he,
"That's the gem of Ireland's crown.
Young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann,
She's the star of the County Down."

[Chorus]

The Harvest Fair she'll be surely there
And I'll dress in my Sunday clothes,
With my shoes shone bright and my hat cocked right
For a smile from my nut brown rose.
No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke
Till my plough turns rust coloured brown.
Till my smiling bride by my own fireside
Sits the star of the County Down.

[Chorus]
[Repeat]
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 As I Roved Out
  • 2 On a Bright May Morning
  • 3 Brian Boru’s March
  • 4 Down by the Sally Gardens
  • 5 The Star of the County Down
  • 6 The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  • 7 The Death of Queen Jane
  • 8 The Emigration Tunes
  • 9 The Parting Glass
  • Credits
    album: Track 5 in album The Wind That Shakes the Barley
    release date: 2010-11-16
    popularity : 49 users have visited this page.
    genres: Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Celtic/Folk
    length: 3:35
    vocal: Loreena McKennitt
    violin: Hugh Marsh
    keyboard: Loreena McKennitt
    acoustic guitar: Jason Fowler
    cello: Caroline Lavelle
    bouzouki: Brian Hughes
    acoustic bass guitar: Andrew Downing
    uilleann pipes: Ian Harper
    mandola: Jeff Bird
    bells & shakers: Ben Grossman
    acoustic guitar & button accordion: Pat Simmonds
    lyricist: Cathal McGarvey
    composer: [traditional]
    Album Information
    label: Verve
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 602527539812
    script: Latin