Banks of the Roses

Melody -

1. On the banks of the roses,
My love and I sat down
And I took out my violin
To play my love a tune
In the middle of the tune,
Oh she sighed and she said
Oh Johnny, lovely Johnny, would you leave me.

2. Oh when I was a young man,
I heard my father say
That he'd rather see me dead
And buried in the clay
Sooner than be married
To any runaway
By the lovely sweet banks of the roses.
  3. Oh then I am no runaway
And soon I'll let them know
I can take a good glass
Or leave it alone
And the man that doesn't like me,
He can keep his daughter home
And young Johnny will go roving with another.

4. And if ever I get married,
T'will be in the month of May
When the leaves they are green
And the meadows they are gay
And I and my true love
Can sit and sport and play
On the lovely sweet banks of the roses.

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