"Black Velvet Band" as written by and Kenneth William Casey Alexander Martin Barr....
In a neat little town they call Brockton
Apprenticed in trade I was bound
And many an hour of sweet happiness
I spent in that neat little town
Then bad misfortune befell me
And caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and companions
To follow the black velvet band

As I was out strolling one evening
Not intending to stay very long
And there met a frolicsome damsel
As she came tripping along
A watch she pulled out her pocket
And slipped it right into my hand
On the very first night that I met her
Bad luck to the black velvet band

Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
You'd think she was queen of the land
And her hair hung over her shoulder
Tied up in a black velvet band

Before judge and jury next morning
Both of us did appear
A gentleman claimed his jewelry
And the case against us was clear
Now seven long years transportation
Right down to Van Dieman's land
Far away from my friends and companions
To follow the black velvet band

Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
You'd think she was queen of the land
And her hair hung over her shoulder
Tied up in a black velvet band

So come all you jolly young fellows
I'll have you take warning by me
That whenever you're out on the liquor
Beware of the pretty Colleen

She'll fill you with whiskey and porter
Until you're not able to stand
And the very next thing that you know
You've landed in Van Dieman's Land

Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
You'd think she was queen of the land
And her hair hung over her shoulder
Tied up in a black velvet band

BLACK VELVET BAND!


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"Black Velvet Band" as written by Kenneth William Casey Alexander Martin Barr

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    General Commentfuck yeah!
    Verthon June 25, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwhoever submitted these lyrics should either go to the DKM site, buy the Blackout CD and read the insert, or actually listen to the fucking song once. These lyrics are like a wierd distortion of the original and not the DKM version in the slightest. Just because the band is from Boston doesn't mean that this song is about Boston. As a shining example of the numerous mistakes and fuck ups in these lyrics the very first line of the song in the insert and on the website is "in a neat little town they call Quincey" which is where DKM's mailing address was on Blackout and when they actually sing the song they say "in a neat little town they call Brockton" which is from the original Black Velvet Band lyrics. dont argue with me on this one, I'm Irish
    Dropkick_Roveron May 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentErm... I've heard a series of versions of this song, and all of them say "in a neat little town they call Belfast", except the DKM version, of course. That one says Brockton, cos they're from Massachusetts.
    I'm tempted to say, "don't argue with me on this one, I'm from Belfast" ;)
    As for the rest of the lyrics, I suspect they're ripped from a trad Irish lyrics site with the city name changed at the beginning.
    tronakon May 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThat's something cause both of the other two versions I've heard (The Bucaneers [awesome band from Saskatchewan :)] and The Irish Rovers) say Brockton.
    Dropkick_Roveron May 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThey're both American bands, aren't they? Maybe they sing a different version over there to appeal to a different audience. Any time we have a session we always sing Belfast. So do the likes of the Dubliners.
    tronakon May 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbefore DKM i always heard it say Belfast. it surprises me that u have only heard 2 other versions of the song
    sl8ron September 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHere's the real lyrics:

    In a neat little town they call Brockton
    Apprenticed to trade I was bound
    And many an hour's sweet happiness
    I spent in that neat little town

    Then bad misfortune befell me
    That caused me to stray from the land
    Far away from my friends and companions
    To follow the black velvet band

    As I was out strolling one evening
    Not intending to stay very long
    I met with a frolicsome damsel
    As she came trippin' along

    A watch, she pulled out her pocket
    And slipped it right into my hand
    On the very first night that I met her
    Bad luck to the black velvet band

    Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
    You'd think she was queen of the land
    And her hair hung over her shoulder
    Tied up in a black velvet band

    Before judge and jury next morning
    Both of us did appear
    A gentleman claimed his jury
    And the case against us was clear

    Now seven long years transportation
    Right down to Van Dieman's land
    Far away from my friends and companions
    To follow the black velvet band

    Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
    You'd think she was queen of the land
    And her hair hung over her shoulder
    Tied up in a black velvet band

    So come all you jolly young fellows
    I'd have you take warning by me
    Whenever you're out on the liquor
    Beware of the pretty Colleen

    She'll fill you with whiskey and porter
    Until you're not able to stand
    And the very next thing that you'd know
    You've landed in Van Dieman's land

    Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
    You'd think she was queen of the land
    And her hair hung over her shoulder
    Tied up with a black velvet band
    punkpirateon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThey didn't write it, its a traditional irish song.
    Holdencfldon November 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere's just something about hearing someone sing about your home. Love it.
    couitneyyon March 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is traditionally belfast,
    Its about getting sent to australia
    TomMorelloIsAGODon February 03, 2009   Link

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