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Origins: The Banks of Sullane

MartinRyan 07 Nov 11 - 12:30 PM
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Subject: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: MartinRyan
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 12:30 PM

Surprised to find that this one hasn't got a thread of its own - although I posted the words on the Digital Tradition many years ago. Here's the basics and we can see what we can add:

DT set of lyrics
Niamh Parsons singing it on Youtube.

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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: MartinRyan
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 12:33 PM

Here's the DT set, with some minor correction of typos etc.:

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THE BANKS OF SULLANE

It was early on a bright harvest morning,
I strayed by the banks of Sullane
To gaze on such beauties of nature
As grace every woodland and lawn
Oh the prospect was surely enchanting,
As gay lassies in juvenile bloom
Promenaded by the banks of that river
That flows by the town of Macroom

I being airy and fond of recreation
To the river(side) I ventured to rove
When weary of rambling and roving
I sat myself down by a grove
I sat there some time meditating
Till the sun its bright rays had withdrawn
And a damsel of queenly appearance
Came down by the banks of Sullane

I stood in great joy and admiration
And accosted this damsel most fair
For to me she appeared like Venus
Adorned with jewels so rare
Were I ruler of France or of Prussia
Oh It's with me you'd soon wear the crown
And I'd join you in wedlock my darling
You're the beauty of sweet Masseytown

We walked and we talked on together
Inhaling the bright pleasant air
Until in a voice most alarmed
She said "See - my father goes there!"
His presence to me was appalling
With his cross angry look and his frown
Which pierced through my heart like an arrow
On my way back to sweet Masseytown

And its now I've retired from my roving
With a heart full of sorrow and grief
There is no one on earth can console me
Or give me one moment's relief
I will roam through the African Desert
Until death summons me to my tomb
For the sake of that charming fair Helen
That I met near the town of Macroom



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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 12:54 PM

The tune makes for a wonderful slow air. Jackie Daly played it beautifully on his album Music From Sliabh Luachra Vol. 6.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Banks of Sullane
From: MartinRyan
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 01:02 PM

Yes - it's a beautiful air, alright. Very similar to "Cailin Deas Cruite na mBo" (The Pretty Girl milking her cow) - but then so are several other songtunes!


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