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SouthernCelt Lyr Add: Black Velvet Band (Jed Marum's version) (6) Lyr Add: BLACK VELVET BAND (Jed Marum's version) 05 Dec 07

Here's "Black Velvet Band" as best I can transcribe it from Jed's Lonestar Stout album:

Jed Marum version

In a neat little town they call Belfast
An apprentice to trade I was bound
And many's hours sweet happiness
I have spent in that neat little town
'Til bad misfortune o'ercame me
And caused me to stray from the land
Far away from me friends and relations,
To follow that black velvet band

    But her eyes they shone like the diamonds
    Ye'd think she was queen of the land
    And her hair hung over her shoulders
    Tied up with a black velvet band

Well, now I was out strolling one evening
Not meaning to go very far,
When I met with a pretty young damsel
Plyin' her trade in the bar.
When a watch she took from a customer
And she slipped it right into me hand
And the law came and put me in prison
Bad luck to her black velvet band


Now next morning before judge and jury
At trial I had to appear
And the judge he said, "You young fellow
The case against you is quite clear.
Ah, seven long years is your sentence
You're going to Van Dieman's land
Far away from your friends and relations
Bad luck to her black velvet band


Now come all ye jolly young fellows,
I'll have ye take warning by me
Whenever you're out on the liquor, me lad
Beware of those pretty colleens.
They'll fill you with whiskey and porter,
Until you're not able to stand;
And the very next thing that you know, me lad,
You've landed in Van Dieman's land.



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