Bonnie Wood Green

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lyrics

All around the green banks of Bonnie Wood Green
Where me and my true love so oft times were seen
The hours they flew by us, so happy we were
It was little I thought that a soldier I’d be,
Oh, a soldier I’d be, a soldier I’d be,
It was little I thought that a soldier I’d be.

Oh, early next morning as the lambs they do play
It was off to Kells Barracks, it was there made my way
And there I enlisted to fight for the Queen
To uphold the great cause I left Bonnie Wood Green

An then came the orders to ship o’er the foam
For soldiers were needed to fight for their homes,
I kissed my girl Mary she appeared like a queen,
Aye and softly she whispered, ‘Remember Wood Green’

Away out in Flanders at the end of the line
They were talking of sweethearts that they’d left behind
Said one Irish soldier ‘Sure, I have a queen
and she does works for John Ross’s of Bonnie Wood Green

It was early one morning while facing the foe
The bullets were flying and he was laid low
He called out to his comrades from that terrible scene
He said ‘Kiss my love, Mary, and remember Wood Green’

So if it’s ever to Ireland you chance for to stray
There’s a bonnie wee factory near Ballymacveigh
Where the weavers and winders are plain to be seen
For they all wear white aprons around Bonnie Wood Green

credits

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

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