Red Is The Rose

Tommy Makem

Come over the hills my bonny Irish lass

Come over the hills to your darling

You choose the road love and I'll make a vow

That I'll be your true love forever


Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows

Fair is the lily of the valley

Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne

But my love is fairer than any

It's down in Killarney's green woods that we strayed

When the moon and the stars, they were shining

For the moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair

And she said she'd be my love forever


It's not for the parting with my sister Kate

It's not for the grief of my mother

It's all for the loss of my bonny Irish lass

That my heart is breaking forever