The Banks of the Roses

Melody -

Chorus: On the banks of the roses
My love and I sat down
And I took out a fiddle
For to play my love a tune
In the middle of the tune, oh,
She sighed and she said
Young Johnny, lovely Johnny,
Would you leave me?

When I was just a young lad,
I heard my father say
I'd sooner see you dead
And buried in the clay
Rather than be married
To any runaway
On the lovely sweet banks of the roses.

2. Oh, then I am a runaway
And soon I'll let you know
That I can drink a bottle
And drink with anyone
And if her father doesn't like me,
He can keep his daughter home
Then Johnny will go roving with another.

3. If ever I get married 'twill be
In the month of May
When the leaves they are green
And the meadows they are gay
And me and my true love will sit
And sport and play
By the lovely sweet banks of the roses.


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