Black Velvet Band

Melody -

1. 'Twas in the town of Tralee
Apprenticed to trade I was bound
With plenty of bright amusement
To see the days going round.

2. 'Til misfortune and trouble came over me
Which caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and relations
To follow the Black Velvet Band.

Her eyes they shone like diamonds
You'd think her the Queen of the Land
And her hair hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a Black Velvet Band.

3. As I went walking down Broadway
Not intending to stay very long
I met with a frolicsome damsel
As she came tripping along.

4. I took a stroll with this pretty fair maid
And a gentleman passing us by
I knew she meant a-doing for him
By the look in her roguish black eye.
  5. A watch she pulled out of his pocket
And slipped it right into my hand
On the very first day that I met her
Bad luck to the Black Velvet Band!

6. Before the judge and the jury
The both of us had to appear
And a gentleman swore to the jewelry
The case against us was clear.

7. For seven years transportation
Right into Van Dieman's Land
Far away from my friends and relations
To follow the Black Velvet Band.

8. So all you brave young fellas,
A warning take now from me Beware
of the pretty young damsels
Beware of the pretty coleens!

9. They'll treat you to whiskey and porter
Until you're unable to stand
And before you have time for to leave them
You're banished to Van Dieman's Land!

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