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.
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