Star of the County Down Lyrics - Wolfe Tones

Release information
Release Date: 2005-2-21
length: 2:42
lyricist: Cathal McGarvey
composer: [traditional]

Near Banbridge Town in the county down one morning last July

Down a boarding green came a sweet colleen
And she smiled as she passed me by
She looked so sweet in her two bare feet
To the fringe of her nut-brown hair
Young Rosee McCann from the banks of the Bann;
She's the star of the County down
Refrain: From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay, from Galway to Dublin town
No maid I have seen like the fairy colleen that I met in the county down

As she onward sped sure I scratched my head
And I looked with a feeling rare:
"Ay" says, says I to a passer-by
"Who's the maid with the nut-brown hair?"
And he smiled at me and he says, says he: "that's the gem if an Irelands crown!"
It's Rosee McCann from the banks of the Bann - she's the star of 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 upright for a smile from my nut-brown rose
No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke, till my plough was a rust-coloured brown
'Till a smiling bride by my own fireside is the star of the county down
Refrain (2x)

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CD 1
  • 1 This Is the Day
  • 2 The Patriot Game
  • 3 The Song of Partition
  • 4 Children of Fear
  • 5 Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • 6 Plastic Bullets
  • 7 The Men Behind the Wire
  • 8 The Lough Sheelin Eviction
  • 9 Go on Home British Soldiers
  • 10 Danny Boy (The Derry Air)
  • 11 Star of the County Down
  • 12 In Belfast
  • 13 Up the Border
  • 14 The Green Glens of Antrim
  • 15 The Old Orange Flute
  • 16 The Old Brigade Dance Medley: The Old Brigade / On the One Road / The Broad Black Brimmer / Celtic Symphony
    CD 2
  • 1 Lament for the Lost
  • 2 We Shall Overcome
  • 3 You'll Never Beat the Irish, Part III
  • 4 Tyrone
  • 5 Must Ireland Divided Be
  • 6 Song of Liberty
  • 7 The Orange and the Green
  • 8 Long Kesh
  • 9 The Sash Me Father Wore
  • 10 Fermanagh Love Song
  • 11 Hills of Glenswilly
  • 12 Joe McDonnell
  • 13 County of Armagh
  • 14 Guildford Four
  • 15 Billy Reid
  • 16 Up the Rebels Dance Medley: Teddy Bears Head / Helicopter Song / Sean South / A Nation Once Again