Who Sang Star of the County Down? Van Morrison & The Chieftains

The Chieftains Irish Heartbeat cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1988-6-20
length: 2:43
producer: Van Morrison and Paddy Moloney
recording engineer: Brian Masterson
arranger: Paddy Moloney and Van Morrison
additional lead vocals: Kevin Conneff
Some other versions of "Star of the County Down"

Lyrics
In 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 fronn 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 up to derry quay and
From galway to dublin town,
No maid I’ve seen like the brown 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 say’s, say’s i, to a passer-by,
"whose the maid with the nut brown hair"?
He smiled at me and he says’s, say’s he,
"that’s the gem of ireland’s crown.
It’s rosie mccann from the banks of the bann,
She’s the star of the county down".

Chorus:
From bantry bay up to derry ouay and
From galway to dublin town,
No maid I’ve seen like the brown colleen
That I met in the county down.

At 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 a smiling bride, by my own fireside
Sits the star of the county down.

Chorus / repeat

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Star of the County Down
  • 2 Irish Heartbeat
  • 3 Tá Mo Chleamhnas Déanta
  • 4 Raglan Road
  • 5 She Moved Through the Fair
  • 6 I’ll Tell Me Ma
  • 7 Carrickfergus
  • 8 Celtic Ray
  • 9 My Lagan Love
  • 10 Marie’s Wedding

  • Release information
    label: Mercury Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    script: Latin