Red is the Rose; Irish Song; Lyrics; Video; Ireland Podcast

The Irish Song and Recitation Festival
Shownotes From the Irish Roots Cafe at
With Your Host Mike O’Laughlin

Todays Song:  Red is the Rose
Sung by:         Karen Ziel
run time:        25:05
Todays Video: Makem and Clancy

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Karen Ziel is todays interview and singer.
We chat a bit with Karen about how she
came into Irish music, her singing, her bodhran,
and her local band.  As you might expect it
involves a trip to Ireland, and becoming familiar
with some Irish-American organizations along
the way.

Irish Family Ties
Karen is a long time listener to the Irish Family
History and genealogy podcast that I began in
1985. Luckily, that led to our contact and
Karens appearance here today.
Our thanks to todays artist for taking that ‘leap’
into cyberspace, on our Irish Song Podcast.

We also note that there is more than one way
to sing a song, and always more than one set
of lyrics !  She properly sings the song from her
perspective, with minor adaptations in the
more often heard lyrics, which fit perfectly.
Karen also notes the similarity to the tune of
‘Loch Lomond’.

I post here today, the lyrics we have taken to
using here at the Irish Roots Cafe.  Although
it is often sung in its alternate forms as well.
Those below (A) are similar to those I have heard
used by Joe Heaney in years gone by. Karen
notes that she was introduced to the tune by
Makem and Clancy (see video link below).

Most notably perhaps is the substitution of
‘yonder stream’ for ‘the Boyne’, and the ‘down
into the glen’ segment.

Video: Red is the Rose by Makem and Clancy:

Lyrics (two of several variations):

Red is the Rose (A)

Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows
Fair is the lily of the valley
Clear is the water that flows in yonder stream
and my love, it is fairer than any.

Over the Mountain, and down into the Glen
To a little Irish Cot in the Valley
Where the Thrush and the Linnett
Sing there Dittees and there songs
and my love leaning over the half door

Down by the sea shore,
on a cool summers eve,
with the wind blowing over the heather,
Oh, the moon it shone fair,
through her threads of golden hair
and she vowed she would love me forever

It’s not for parting with my sister Kate,
It’s not for the loss of my Mother….
It’s all for the loss of my bonnie Irish lass
That I’m Leaving my homeland forever.

Red is the Rose (B)
Come over the hills, my bonnie Irish lass
Come over the hills to your darling
You choose the rose, love, and I’ll make the vow
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 that we strayed
When the moon and the stars they were shining
The moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair
And 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 bonny Irish lass
That my heart is breaking forever.

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Mike is the worlds most published author in his field, with over 40 books, 700 articles, two newsletters, a blog, 200 podcasts and 170 videos. He also publishes rare books like "The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters" and Keatings "History of Ireland". Mike also sings in the Irish (Gaeilge) Language, with 3 albums to his credit. Mike descends from the O’Loughlins of Kilfenora, County Clare, and the O’Donahues of Glenflesk, County Kerry and also bears Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots. He has led tours to Ireland and maintains a 3,000 volume Irish library.
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