Recorded live, at Mannion's Irish Pub in Somerville NJ, on January 21, 2011.
"And who are you, me pretty fair maid, and who are you, me honey?"
She answered me quite modestly,
"I am me mother's darling."
With me too-ry-ay
"Will you come to me mother's house, when the moon is shining clearly?
I'll open the door and I'll let you in
And devil a one would hear us."
So I went to her house in the middle of the night when the moon was shining clearly.
She opened the door and she let me in
And devil a one did hear us.
She took my horse by the bridle and the bit and she led him to the stable,
Saying "There's plenty of oats for a soldier's horse,
Leave him eat it if he's able."
Then she took me by the lily-white hand and she led me to the table,
Saying "There's plenty of wine for a soldier boy,
Drink it if you're able."
Then she got up and she made the bed and made it nice and easy
She got up, she laid me down, she said "Laddie, are you able?"
And there we lay till the break of day and devil a one did hear us
She arose, put on her clothes saying "Darling, I must leave you."
"When will I return again and when will we be married?"
"When broken shells make Christmas bells, we might well be married."
Patrick Clifford is an Irish-American musician, songwriter, and producer.
He performs and
records Irish traditional standards; skillfully crafted original songs and compositions; and discerning covers of contemporary Irish and American songwriters such as Pete St. John, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.