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Thread #21965   Message #475155
Posted By: Peg
02-Jun-01 - 11:58 AM
Thread Name: ADD: Irish songs (lots of songs here)
Subject: Lyr Add: BANKS OF CLAUDY
Well I would also like to add some "improvements" to Banks of Claudy, taken from Loreena McKennitt's version:


1. As I walked out one morning all in the month of May
Down by a flowery garden I carelessly did stray
I overheard a young maid in sorrow did complain
All for her absent lover who ploughed the raging main.

2. I boldly stepped up to her and put her in surprise
I know she did not know me, I being in disguise
I said, "Me charming creature, my joy, my heart's delight
How far have you to travel this dark and dreary night?"

3. "I'm in search of a faithless young man, Johnny is his name,
And along the Banks of Claudy I'm told he does remain."
"This is the Banks of Claudy, fair maid, whereon you stand,
But don't depend on Johnny, for he's a false young man.

4. No don't depend on Johnny, for he'll not meet you here
But tarry with me in yon green wood, no danger need ye fear."
"It's six long weeks or better, since Johnny left the shore,
He's crossing the wide ocean, where the foam and the billows roar."

5. "He is crossing the wide ocean, for honor and for fame,
But this I've heard, the ship was wrecked, along the coast of Spain."

5. And it's when she heard this dreadful news, she flew into despair,
By the wringing of her milk-white hands, the tearing of her hair.
Saying "If Johnny he be drown-ed, no man nor love I'll take,
But through lonesome groves and valleys I'll wander for his sake."

6. And it's when he saw her loyalty, no longer could he stand,
He flew into her arms, saying, "Betsy, I'm the man!
I am that faithless young man, the cause of all your pain,
But since we've met on Claudy Banks we'll never part again."