Banks of the Bann

In a faraway country a stranger was I 
I placed my affection in a girl that was young 
She was so fair and tender, her waist small and slender
 ‘Twas nature that formed her for my overthrow. 

On the banks of the Bann, it was there I first met her 
She appeared like an angel or Egypt’s fair queen 
Her eyes were like diamonds or stars brightly shining 
She was the fairest in the world that I’ve seen 

Oh it was her cruel parents that first caused a variance 
Because she is rich and above my degree 
But I did endeavor to gain my love’s favor 
Although she is come of a high family 

oh, me name is Delaney, a name that don’t shame me 
And if I’d saved money, she’d never have roamed 
But drinking and sporting, night rambling and courting 
Are the cause of my ruin and her absence from home 

Had I but the wealth that is found in the Indies 
I’d put rings on her fingers and gold in her ears 
And there on the banks of the lovely Bann River 
In comfort and splendour I’d live with my love. 

Trad. Arr! 

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Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

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