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Star of the County Down

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Near Bambridge town in the County Down
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One morning in last July
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Down a boreen green came a sweet colleen
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And she smiled as she passed me by

She looked so neat from her two bare feet
To the sheen of her nut-brown hair
Such a coaxing elf, sure I shook myself
To see she was really there

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From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
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And from Galway to Dublin Town
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No maid I've seen like the brown colleen
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That I met in the County Down.

As she onward sped, sure I scractched my head
And I looked with a feeling rare
And I said, says I, to a passer-by,
"Who's the maid with the nut-brown hair?"
He smiled at me, and he said says he,
"She's the gem on Ireland's crown,
Young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann,
She's the Star of the County Down."


At the harvest fair I'm sure she'll be there
And I'll dress in my Sunday clothes
with my hat tucked right, and my shoes shown bright
And a smile for my nut-brown Rose.
No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke
Though my plow with rust turns brown,
Till by my own fireside as my smiling bride
Sits the Star of the County Down.