Near to Banbridge town in the County Down One morning last July Down a boreen green came a sweet colleen And she smiled as she passed me by. She looked so sweet from her two bare feet To the sheen of her nut brown hair Such a coaxing elf, sure I shook myself To make sure I was standing there. Chorus: From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay And from Galway to Dublin town, No maid I've seen like the brown colleen I saw in the County Down!
2. She'd a soft brown eye and a look so sly And a smile like the rose in June And you hung on each note from her lily white throat As she lilted an Irish tune At the pattern dance you were held in a trance As she tripped through a reel or a jig, And when her eyes she'd roll, she'd coax, on my soul, A spud from a hungry pig! Chorus:
3. I've travelled a bit, but never was hit Since my roving career began, But, fair and square, I surrendered there To the charms of young Rosie McCann! With a heart to let, and no tenant yet, Did I meet in shawl or gown, But in she went, and I asked no rent From the Star of the County Down! Chorus:
4. As she onward sped sure I scratched my head And I looked with a feeling rare And I says, says I, to a passer by, "Who's the maid with the nut brown hair?" He smiled at me and he said, said he, "That's the gem of Ireland's crown. Young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann, She's the Star of the County Down." Chorus:
5. At the harvest fair she'll be surely there, So I'll dress in my Sunday clothes With my shoes shone bright and my hat cocked right For a smile from my nut brown Rose No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke, Till my plough is a rust coloured brown Till a smiling bride by my own fireside Sits the Star of the County Down. Chorus: