Come over the hills my bonny Irish lass
Come over the hills to your darling
You choose the road love and I'll make a vow
That I'll be your true love forever

Chorus:
Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows
Fair is the lily of the valley
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne
But my love is fairer than any

It's down in Killarney's green woods that we strayed
When the moon and the stars, they were shining
For the moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair
And she said she'd be my love forever

Chorus

It's not for the parting with my sister Kate
It's not for the grief of my mother
It's all for the loss of my bonny Irish lass
That my heart is breaking forever


Lyrics submitted by spinachsalad

Red Is the Rose song meanings
Add your thoughts

2 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentOh no. No comments? This is one of the most beautiful songs (lyrics and vocals). Both Liam and his musical partner (Liam Clancy) are now deceased. Their legacy is very special and this duet is incredible. It's obviously a love song and it's one of my personal favorites.
    1little2little3littleIndianson February 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGawd this is a gorgeous song. It's sad how many people are not familiar with it. These two men (Clancy, who does a duet with this song) were so talented. Check out Youtube to see some black and white performances.
    SweetCheeks2on February 28, 2012   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain