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Black Velvet Band

In the style of

The Dubliners

Lyrics

in a neat little town
they call belfast
apprentice to trade
i was bound

and many an hour's
sweet happiness
have i spent in that
neat little town
a sad misfortune
came over me
which caused me to
stray from the land

far away from
me friends
and relations
betrayed by
the black velvet band

her eyes they shone
like diamonds
i thought her
the queen of the land

and her hair
it hung over
her shoulder
tied up with
a black velvet band

i took a stroll
down broadway
meaning not long
for to stay

when who
should i meet
but this
pretty fair maid
come a-traipsing
along the highway

she was both fair
and handsome
her neck it was
just like a swan

and her hair
it hung over
her shoulder
tied up with
a black velvet band

her eyes they shone
like diamonds
i thought her
the queen of the land

and her hair
it hung over
her shoulder
tied up with
a black velvet band

i took a stroll
with this pretty
fair maid
and a gentleman
passing us by

well i knew she meant
the doing of him
by the look in her
roguish black eye

a gold watch
she took
from his pocket
and placed it
right into my hand

and the very
first thing
that i said was
bad cess to
the black velvet band

her eyes they shone
like diamonds
i thought her
the queen of the land

and her hair
it hung over
her shoulder
tied up with
a black velvet band

before the judge
and the jury
next morning
i have to appear
the judge he says
to me young man
your case
it is proven clear

we'll give you
seven years
penal servitude
to be spent far
away from the land

far away
from your friends
and relations
betrayed by
the black velvet band

her eyes they shone
like diamonds
i thought her
the queen of the land

and her hair
it hung over
her shoulder
tied up with
a black velvet band

so come all
you jolly
young fellows
a warnin' take by me
when you are out
on the town me lads
beware of the
pretty colleens

they'll feed you with
strong drink me lads
till you
are unable to stand

and the very
first thing
that you'll know is
you've landed
in van diemen's land

her eyes they shone
like diamonds
her neck it was
just like a swan

and her hair
it hung over
her shoulder
tied up with
a black velvet band

Details

  • Duration : 4:35
  • Key : G
  • Genre : Specialty
  • Year released : 1967
  • Language : English

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