banks of the roses lyrics – clancy brothers

on the banks of the roses, my love and i sat down
and i took out my violin to play my love a tune
in the middle of the tune, o she sighed and she said
o johnny, lovely johnny, would you leave me
o when i was a young man, i heard my father say
that he’d rather see me dead and buried in the clay
sooner than be married to any runaway
by the lovely sweet banks of the roses
o then i am no runaway and soon i’ll let them know
i can take a good gl*ss or leave it alone
and the man that doesn’t like me, he can keep
his daughter home
and young johnny will go roving with another
and if ever i get married, twill be in the month of may
when the leaves they are green and the meadows
they are gay
and i and my true love can sit and sport and play
on the lovely sweet banks of the roses

/ clancy brothers lyrics