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Star Of The County Down
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tar of the County Down" is an old Irish ballad set near Banbridge in County Down, in Northern Ireland. The words are by Cathal McGarvey (18661927) from Ramelton, County Donegal It has been covered by many artists, including Van Morrison, the Pogues,
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Mon Aug 22, 2005
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Star of the County Down is an old Irish ballad which has been re-recorded many times. This song shares its melody with the church hymn "Led By the Spirit" and many other works. It has been covered by many artists, including Van Morrison, the Pogues, the Chieftains, the Flash Girls, Béla Fleck and Orthodox Celts. The song is notable for its particularly intricate rhyme scheme, whereby the lines are in rhyming couplets, but every line also has an internal rhyme on the second and fourth feet.

The song is sung from the point of view of a young man who chances to meet a charming lady by the name of Rose McCann, referred to as the "star of the County Down". From a brief encounter the writer's infatuation grows until, by the end of the ballad, he plans to wed the girl.
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Star Of The County Down

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Near Banbridge town in the County Down
One morning last July
Down a Boreen green came a sweet coleen
And she smiled as she passed me by
She looked so sweet from her two bare feet
To the sheen of her nut-brown hair
Such a coaxing elf, sure I shook myself
For to see I was really there

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

As she onward sped, sure I scratched my head
And I looked with a feeling rare
And I says, says I, to a passer-by:
Who's the maid with the nut-brown hair?
He smiled at me and he says, says he:
That's the gem of Irelands crown
Young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann
She's the star of the County Down

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

At the harvest fair she'll be surely there
So I'll dress in my Sunday clothes
With my shoes shone bright and my hat cocked right
For a smile from my nut-brown rose
No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke
Til my plough is a rust-coloured brown
Til a smiling bride by my own fireside
Sits the star of the County Down

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

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