You chose the red rose, song

Jim McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English
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Lyrics

As I went out walking one morning in May
For to view those green meadows and to watch those lambs play
True lovers were talking and the fair one did say
Young man you're false-hearted have you led me astray.

It's many days I have courted you many days and long nights
And it's oft-times you told me you would be my bride
But if you'd have to proved loyal and to me tell your mind
Sure tonight you would be rolling in those arms of mine.

Oh he said my wee lassie sire I'm not to blame
For I'm not the beginning nor the end of your shame
For you went with another and you left me far far behind
Oh did ever I once think love you would prove so unkind.

Now you choose the red rose love and I'll choose the thyme
For its oft-times you told me that you would be mine
But the lilies will wither and the time will come soon
But the red rose of summer will flourish in June.

Now farewell to old Ireland sure we now love must part
Farewell to old Ireland it does break my heart
For you went with another and you left me far far behind
Oh did ever I once think love you'd prove so unkind.