Monday, July 20, 2009

Red Is the Rose

Adapted and arranged by Tommy Makem from a traditional Scottish tune, Irish song
The tune is the same as "Loch Lomond"
Rise Up Singing chapter: Love
C Am F G / C Am F G / F C Dm G / C Am G C
C Am F G / C Am F G / F C Dm FG / C Am G C

Come over the hills my bonny Irish lass
Come over the hills to your darling
You choose the road, love and I'll make a vow
That I'll be your true love forever

Red is the rose that in yonder 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

It's down in Killarney's* green woods that we strayed...

*The Boyne:

"Killarney has the largest yew wood in Europe (some 32 hectares/80 acres) as well as the most extensive native oak woodland in Ireland (c.600 hectares/1,500 acres).
As well there are extensive swamp woodlands -alder and sally."

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