Red is the Rose

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  • Teideal (Title): Red is the Rose.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 855203.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): 32602.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): song.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Warren Fahey.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 1976.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): Sydney Opera House, Australia.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): concert.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows
Fair is the lily of the valley
Clear are the waters that flows in yonder stream
But my love is fairer than any.

Over the mountain and down to the glen
To a little thatched cot in the valley
Where the thrush and the linnet sing their ditties and their songs
And my love leaning over the half-door.

Down by the seashore on a cool summer’s eve
With the moon rising over the heather
The moon it shone fair o’er her head of golden hair
As she vowed she’d be my love forever.

It’s not for parting with my sister Kate
Or for the loss of my mother
It’s all for the loss of my bonnie brown-eyed lass
That I’m leaving my homeland forever.


As on this occasion, Joe frequently used this song to end a concert, inviting the audience to sing along on the chorus.

Air: Loch Lomond.

We are grateful to Warren Fahey, who promoted and recorded the concert from which this recording was taken, for allowing us to use it here; the concert can be heard in its entirety at