As I Roved Out (1)

As Christy Moore explains in the opening of the video, this version of As I Roved Out comes from the singing one of the last of the traveling singers, John Reilly.

And who are you, me pretty fair maid
And who are you, me honey? (repeat)
She answered me quite modestly, “I am me mother’s darling.”

Chorus:
With me too-ry-ay
Fol-de-diddle-day
Di-re fol-de-diddle
Dai-rie oh.

And will you come to me mother’s house,
When the sun is shining clearly ( repeat )
I’ll open the door and I’ll let you in
And divil ‘o one would hear us.

So I went to her house in the middle of the night
When the moon was shining clearly ( repeat )
Shc opened the door and she let me in
And divil the one did hear us.

She took me horse by the bridle and the bit
And she led him to the stable ( repeat )
Saying “There’s plenty of oats for a soldier’s horse,
To eat it if he’s able.”

Then she took me by the lily-white hand
And she led me to the table ( repeat )
Saying “There’s plenty of wine for a soldier boy,
To drink it if you’re able.”

Then I got up and made the bed
And I made it nice and aisy ( repeat )
Then I got up and laid her down
Saying “Lassie, are you able?”

And there we lay till the break of day
And divil a one did hear us ( repeat )
Then I arose and put on me clothes
Saying “Lassie, I must leave you.”

And when will you return again
And when will we get married ( repeat )
When broken shells make Christmas bells
We might well get married.

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