Come all you young fowlers
That handle a gun
Beware of night rambling
By the setting of the sun

And beware of an accident
That happened of late
To young Molly Bawn
And sad was her fate

She was going to her uncle's
When a shower came on
She went under a green bush
The shower to shun

With her white apron 'round her
He took her for a swan
And he shot her and killed her
By the setting of the sun

He ran home to his father's
With his gun in his hand
Crying "Father dear father
I have shot Molly Bawn.

"I have shot that fair damsel
I have taken the life
Of the one I intended
To take as my wife.

"She was going to her uncle's
When a shower came on
She went under a green bush
The shower to shun.

"With her white apron around her
I took her for a swan
And I shot her and killed her
By the setting of the sun."

"O Jimmy dear Jimmy
Do not run away
Do not leave your own country
Before your trial day.

Do not leave your own country
Til your trial come on
For they never will hang you
For the killing of that swan.

The night before Molly's funeral
Her ghost did appear
Crying "Uncle dear uncle
Let Jimmy go clear.

"I was going to my uncle's
When a shower came on
I went under a green bush
The shower to shun.

"With my white apron around me
He took me for a swan
Won't you tell him he's forgiven
By his own Molly Bawn."

All the girls of this country
They are all glad we know
To see Molly Bawn
Brought down so low

You coul take those fair damsels
Put them all in one row
And her beauty will outshine them
Like a mountain of snow.


Lyrics submitted by fall poetaster, edited by allmyvinyl

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