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Idir An Dá Sholas The Banks Of Claudy
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill & Dónal Lunny
Appears On: Idir An Dá Sholas
Language: English
Other Versions: "Banks Of Claudy" on Loreena McKennitt's album Elemental
"Banks Of Claudy" by Susan McKeown on the Voices Of Celtic Women 2 compilation


It was on a summer's morning all in the month of May
Down by yon flowery gardens I carelessly did stray
I overheard a fair maid in sorrow did complain
All for her absent lover who plowed the raging main

I boldly stepped up to her and gived her a surprise
I knew she did not know me, for I being in disguise
I said, "My charming creature, my heart and joy's delight
How far do you mean to wander this dark and dreary night?"

"Kind sir, the way to Claudy, if you will please to show
Oh take pity on a fair maid that knows not where to go
I am on the search of a faithless young man and Johnny is his name
And all on the Banks of Claudy I am told he does remain"

"This is the Banks of Claudy, fair maid, where on you stand
But don't depend on Johnny for he's a false young man
Oh don't depend on Johnny, for he'll not meet you here
But tarry with me in yon greenwoods, no danger need you fear"

"Oh if Johnny, he was here this night, he'd keep me from all harm
But he's in the field of battle all in his uniform
Since he's in the field of battle, his foes he does defy
Like a ruling king of honor, he fought in the war of Troy"

"It is six long weeks and better since Johnny left the shore
He is crossing the wide ocean where the foaming billows roar
Since he's crossing the wide ocean for honor and for fame
But this I heard, the ship was wrecked on the fatal coast of Spain"

Oh it's when she heard the dreadful news, she flew into despair
With a wringing of her hands and a toring of her hair
Saying, "If Johnny, he is drowned, no man on earth I'll take
But through lonesome groves and valleys I'll wander for his sake"

Oh it's when he saw her loyalty, no longer could he stand
He flew into her arms saying, "Betsy, I'm the man"
Saying, "Betsy, I'm the young man, the cause of all your pain
But since we've met on Claudy's banks, we shall never part again"