11. Red is the Rose

Almost the national anthem of Ireland, land of the Rose. Margot fell in love with this song years ago as it was sang at a session she visited in Boston, USA. She has been singing it ever since.


Red is the rose that in yonder Is the garden grows
Fair is the lily of the valley
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne
But my love is fairer than any.

Come over the hills, my bonnie Irish lass
Come over the hills to your darling
You choose the road, love, and I’ll make the vow
And I’ll be your true love forever.

‘t Was down by Killarney’s green woods that we strayed
When the moon and the stars they were shining
The moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair
And she swore she’d be my love forever.

It’s not for the parting that my sister pains
It’s not for the grief of my mother
‘t Is all for the loss of my bonny Irish lass
That my heart is breaking forever.

***These lyrics are traditional***