Down By The Salley Gardens (Key of 'D')

Words from "The Rambling Boys of Pleasure" adapted by W.B Yeats

From Earlier air "Maids Of Mourne Shore"

Salley or sally -from Gaelic 'saileach' meaning 'willow'.

Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her did not agree.
In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she placed her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.


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