The Star of the County Down Lyrics

Loreena McKennitt


album: Track 5 in album The Wind That Shakes the Barley
release date: 2010-11-16
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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]
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