Banks o Reid Roses

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I am a rovin’ fiddler an I roam frae toon tae toon
Ma soldier licht is fiddlin an I’ll ne’er settle doon
I play at aa the dances where they’re jigging tae ma tunes
Aye, its every evenin’ I’ve anither true love.

Och, its when I meet a bonnie lass, its ‘Come awa wi me,
Frae yer faither an yer mither, I will set ye free.
I will roll you in my airms tho a-sleepin ye may be
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o reid roses’.

By the banks o reid rose, ma love an I sat doon
An I took oot ma fiddle for tae play ma love a tune,
In the middle o the tune, och, she cried an she said,
Och, Johnnie, lovely Johnnie, dinnae leave me

‘Weel, before I left ma hame, sir, ma faither he did say,
He’d rather see me deid, aye an buried in the clay,
Than tae see me mairried tae ony runaway
Or a lad that’s naething bit a fiddling rover’.

‘Och, weel I’m no a runaway an I will hae ye know,
I can haud ma liquor, lass, or leave it alane,
An if yer parents dinnae like it they can leave their dochter hame
An young Johnnie he’ll go rovin wi anither’.

‘Weel, I’m putting on ma boots noo an I’ll tak up ma pack
I’ll tuck awa ma fiddle an I’ll put it on ma back,
I’m gonna tak ma leave noo an swagger on ma way
Bade fare weel tae the banks o reid roses.


from My Father Told Me, released November 27, 2014
Paul Anderson - fiddle
Steve Byrne - guitar



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