by Tom Swan
On this page are links to the song PDF files plus the lyrics.
Star of the County Down: Lead Sheet PDF: Download/View
Star of the County Down: Arpeggio PDF: Download/View
Banbridge Town in the County Down One morning last July, From a boreen green came a sweet colleen And she smiled as she passed me by. She looked so sweet from her two bare feet To the sheen of her nut brown hair Such a coaxing elf, sure I shook myself For to see I was really there.
From Bantry Bay into Derry Quay From Galway to Dublin Town No maid I've seen like the fair colleen That I met in the County Down
As she onward sped, sure I scratched my head, And I looked with a feeling rare, And I says, says I, to a passer-by, "Who's the maid with the nut brown hair?" He smiled at me and he says, says he, "That's the gem of Ireland's crown. Young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann, She's the star of the County Down."
The Harvest Fair she'll be surely there And I'll dress in my Sunday clothes, With my shoes shone bright and my hat cocked right For a smile from my nut brown rose. No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke Till my plough turns rust coloured brown. Till my smiling bride by my own fireside Sits the star of the County Down.