The fair town of Greenock, song

Mary Ann Canny, singing in English
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In the fair town of Greenock there lived a wee soldier
That loved a wee lassie that ne’er on him frowned
He loved this lass dearly and she loved him sincerely
Till cruel fate did cause him to leave Scottish ground

When the Eighteenth Royal Regiment was called out to India
To fight for old England’s Victoria pride
John had to leave Greenock and sweet Bannockburn
And the lass he loved dear on the banks of the Clyde

On the day that they parted hard hearts might be melted
To see those two lovers so loyal and true
She threw her arms around him saying John do not leave me
When you’re in a strange land love what will I do

On the sixteenth of June when the weather was warm
John landed in India upon a strange shore
While John wept in India his lass wept in Scotland
The lass that will see her true lover no more

The sword of a Frenchman when the rage came upon him
He pierced his heart through and he fell and he died
And his last words were Greenock and sweet Bannockburn
And the lass he loved hear on the banks of the Clyde

When the news had reached Greenock young Jane was sore wounded
Like a pilgrim she wandered no rest could she find
No one could gain her favour as her own darling John did
The thoughts of her true love still ran in her mind

She went down to the quay where her true love embarked from
And among the wild waves her life put aside
Her last words were Greenock and sweet Bannockburn
And the lad she loved dear on the banks of the Clyde