Roads of Kildare


Johnny was born in a mansion
Down in the county of Clare
Rosie was born by the road side
Somewhere in county Kildare
Destiny brought them together
On the road to Kilorglin one day
Neath her bright paisley shawl she was singing
And she stole his young heart away

For she sang
Meet me tonight by the camp fire
Come with me over the hill
Let us be married tomorrow
Please let me whisper I will
What if the neighbours are talking
Who cares if your friends stop and stare
You’d be proud to be married to Rosie
Who was rared on the roads of Kildare

Think of the parents that rared you
Think of the family name
How can you marry a gypsy
Oh what a terrible shame
Parents and friend stop your pleading
Don’t worry about my affairs
For I’ve fallen in love with a gypsy
Who was rared on the roads of Kildare

Johnny came down from his mountain
Just as the sun had gone down
Turning his back on his kinfolk
Likewise his dear native town
Facing the roads of old Ireland
With the gypsy he loved so sincere
When he came to the light of the camp fire
These are the words he did hear

Kildare 1

Songs of Kildare


Clip – Tom Donovan



Song Themes



John Duggan