Banks of the Bann

Lyrics

As I went out a-strolling down by Hill-town
The lovely fresh mountains, they did me surround
I spied a pretty fair maid, to me she looked grand
She was gathering wild roses on the banks of the Bann

I stepped up to this fair maid, to her I did say
Since nature, it has formed us to meet in this way
Since nature, it has formed us, then here is my hand
And we’ll walk now together on the banks of the Bann

So then into a corner where the change it took place
I knew by the bright flush that arose in her face
Her feet fell away from her on a soft bed of sand
She fell into my arms there on the banks of the Bann

Now young man you have wronged me, come tell me your name
So that when the baby is born, I can give it the same
My name is Willie Archer, and you will understand
My home and habitation lies close to the Bann

But I cannot marry you now for apprentice I’m bound
To the spinning and the weaving in Ratfriland town
When my term it is ended, so then here is my hand
We will join then in wedlock on the banks of the Bann

Now come all you pretty fair maids take warning by me
Don’t go out a courting by one two or three
Don’t go out a courting by three two or one
Or you’ll meet a Willie Archer on the banks of the Bann

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Notes

This song is dated sometime during the nineteenth century when home weaving was superseded by industrialized power spinning and weaving.

Clip – Reg Keating



County

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Song Themes

Love and romance

Songwriter