Red Is The Rose

Words & Music:

Traditional Irish


              Bm        Em           G

Come over the hills, my bonnie Irish lass

     D        Bm            G   A

Come over the hills to your darling

    G          F#m            G             Bm

You choose the rose love, and I'll make the vow

    D            Bm           Em A D

And 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


'Twas down by Killarney's green woods we strayed

The moon and the stars they were shining

The moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair

She swore she'd be my love forever




It's not for the parting that my sister pains

It's not for the grief of my mother

'Tis all for the loss of my bonnie Irish lass

That my heart is breaking forever




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