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BLACK VELVET BAND (Irish - Traditional) Recorded by: The Dubliners; Paddy Reilly; Johnny Logan; Grehan Sisters; Slim Dusty; Foster & Allen; Ann Mooney; Tommy Makem; Martin Flynn; Johnny Kelly; Irish Rovers; Ewan MacColl; Frank Carson; Tom Donovan; Ronnie Drew; ..........and many others. In a neat little town they call Belfast Apprentice to trade I was bound Many an hours sweet happiness Have I spent in that neat little town A sad misfortune came o'er me Which caused me to stray from the land Far away from my friends and relations Betrayed by the black velvet band Her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the queen of the land And her hair, it hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band I took a stroll down Broadway Meaning not long for to stay When who should I meet but this pretty fair maid Come a tripping along the highway She was both fair and handsome Her neck it was just like a swans And her hair it hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band Her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the queen of the land And her hair, it hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band I took a stroll with this pretty fair maid And a gentleman passing us by Well I knew she meant the doing of him By the look in her roguish black eye A gold watch she took from his pocket And placed it right into my hand And the very first thing that I said Was bad luck to the black velvet band Her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the queen of the land And her hair it hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band Before the judge and the jury Next morning I had to appear The judge he says to me "Young man, your case it is proven clear We'll give you seven years penal servitude To be spent faraway from this land Far away from your friends and companions Betrayed by the black velvet band" Her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the queen of the land And her hair it hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band So come all you jolly young fellows A warning take by me When you are out on the town, me lads Beware of them pretty colleens For they feed you with strong drink, oh yeah 'Til you are unable to stand And the very next thing that you'll know is You've landed in Van Diemens Land Her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the queen of the land And her hair it hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band ****** ALTERNATE VERSION (1): Her eyes they shone like the diamonds You'd think she was Queen of the land And her hair hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band In a neat little town they call Belfast Apprenticed to trade I was bound And many an hour's sweet happiness I spent in that neat little town Till bad misfortune came o'er me That caused me to stray from the land Far away from my friends and relations To follow the black velvet band Her eyes they shone like the diamonds You'd think she was Queen of the land And her hair hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band Well, I was out strolling one evening Not meaning to go very far When I met with a pretty young damsel who Was selling her trade in the bar When a watch she took from a customer And slipped it right into my hand Then the Watch came and put me in prison, me lads Bad luck to the black velvet band Her eyes they shone like the diamonds You'd think she was Queen of the land And her hair hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band Next morning before judge and jury For a trial I had to appear And the judge, he said, "You young fellow The case against you is quite clear And seven long years is your sentence You're going to Van Dieman's Land Far away from your friends and relations To follow the black velvet band" Her eyes they shone like the diamonds You'd think she was Queen of the land And her hair hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band So come all you jolly young fellows I'd have you take warning by me Whenever you're out on the liquor, me lads Beware of the pretty colleen She'll fill you with whiskey and porter Until you're not able to stand And the very next thing that you'll know, me lads You're landed in Van Dieman's Land Her eyes they shone like the diamonds You'd think she was Queen of the land And her hair hung over her shoulder Tied up with a black velvet band ****** ALTERNATE VERSION (2): 'Twas in the town of Tralee Apprenticed to trade I was bound With plenty of bright amusement To see the days going round 'Til misfortune and trouble came over me Which caused me to stray from the land Far away from my friends and relations To follow the Black Velvet Band Her eyes they shone like diamonds You'd think her the Queen of the Land And her hair hung over her shoulder Tied up with a Black Velvet Band As I went walking down Broadway Not intending to stay very long I met with a frolicsome damsel As she came tripping along I took a stroll with this pretty fair maid And a gentleman passing us by I knew she meant a-doing for him By the look in her roguish black eye A watch she pulled out of his pocket And slipped it right into my hand On the very first day that I met her Bad luck to the Black Velvet Band Before the judge and the jury The both of us had to appear And a gentleman swore to the jewelry The case against us was clear For seven years transportation Right into Van Dieman's Land Far away from my friends and relations To follow the Black Velvet Band So all you brave young fellas A warning take now from me Beware of the pretty young damsels Beware of the pretty coleens They'll treat you to whiskey and porter Until you're unable to stand And before you have time for to leave them You're banished to Van Dieman's Land Her eyes they shone like diamonds You'd think her the Queen of the Land And her hair hung over her shoulder Tied up with a Black Velvet Band ****** AUSTRALIAN VERSION: It was in the city of London In apprenticeship I was bound And many's the gay old hour I spent in that dear old town And her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the pride of the land The hair that hung down on her shoulder Was tied with a black velvet band One day as I was walking Along my usual beat A pretty little young maiden Came tripping along the street And her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the pride of the land the hair that hung down on her shoulder Was tied with a black velvet band One day as we were a walking A gentleman passed us by I could see she was bent on some mischief By the rolling of her dark blue eye And her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the pride of the land The hair that hung down on her shoulder Was tied with a black velvet band Gold watch she picked from his pocket And slyly placed into my hand I was taken in charge by a copper Bad luck to that black velvet band And her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the pride of the land The hair that hung down on her shoulder Was tied with a black velvet band Before the Lord Mayor I was taken "Your case, Sir, I plainly can see And if I'm not greatly mistaken You're bound far over the sea" And her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the pride of the land The hair that hung down on her shoulder Was tied with a black velvet band It's over the dark and blue ocean Far away to Van Diemens Land Away from my friends and relations And the girl with the black velvet band And her eyes they shone like diamonds I thought her the pride of the land The hair that hung down on her shoulder Was tied with a black velvet band ****** (Contributed by Mel - June 2009)

    


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