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THE MAID WITH THE BONNY BROWN HAIR (Irish - Traditional - 19th Cent.) Cathal McConnel & The Boys From The Lough - 1973 Steve Tilston & Maggie Boyle - 1996 Phil Callery - 2000 As once I roved out very early To view the green meadows in Spring It was down by the side of a river I heard a fair damsel did sing And I stood in completest amazement I gazed on that maiden so fair She appeared to me brighter than Venus That maid with the bonny brown hair Her eyes they did shine like diamonds Her cheeks like the red rose in June Her skin was as white as the lily And her breath had the rarest perfume And a dress of the best speckled velvet This charming wee lass she did wear And chains of bright gold and pure silver Were twined in her bonny brown hair For a long while we courted together Till at last we named the wedding day And one day while conversing together Very kindly to me she did say "O, it's I have another far kinder My land and my fortune to share So farewell to you now and forever" Said the maid with the bonny brown hair As I walked down by the river I spied a ship from the proud land of Spain They were singing and dancing with pleasure But mine was a heart full of pain And as the ship sailed down the river I espied my old sweetheart so fair Quite content in the arms of another Was the maid with the bonny brown hair So farewell to my friends and relations Perchance I shall see you no more And when I'm in far distant nations Sure I'll sigh for my dear native shore When I'm in some far distant nation My land and my fortune to share I hope I'll get someone more kinder Than the maid with the bonny brown hair ****** ALTERNATE 6th VERSE: And once I went over the ocean Being bound for the proud land of Spain Some singing and dancing for pleasure But I had a heart full of pain ****** (Contributed by Mel - June 2009)

    


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