Henrik Norbeck's Song Lyrics

On the Banks of Red Roses

(Banks of the Roses)
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On the banks of red roses me love and I sat down
And I took out me fiddle for to play me love a tune
In the middle of the tune, oh, she sighed and she said:
"Oh, me Johnny, lovely Johnny would you leave me?"

Oh, when I was a young girl I heard me mother say,
That I was a foolish lass and easy led astray,
And before that I would work, I would sooner sport and play
With my Johnny on the banks of red roses.

Well he took her to his lodge and he treated her to tea,
Saying "Drink my dearest Mary and come along with me",
Saying "Drink my dearest Mary and come along with me
To the sweet and lovely banks of red roses."

Then they walked and they talked till they came unto a cave,
Where Johnny all the day had been digging up a grave,
Where Johnny all the day had been digging up a grave,
For to leave his lassie low among the roses.

Then he took out a pen knife, it was both long and sharp,
And he plunged it right into his own dear Mary's heart,
And he plunged it right into his own dear Mary's heart,
And he left her lying low among the roses.

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