My Wild Irish Rose lyrics

by The Irish Tenors ft. Ronan Tynan

If you listen I'll sing you a sweet little song
Of a flower that's now drooped and dead,
Yet dearer to me, yes than all of its mates,
Though each holds aloft its proud head.
'Twas given to me by a girl that I know,
Since we've met, faith I've known no repose.
She is dearer by far than the world's brightest star,
And I call her my wild Irish Rose.

My wild Irish Rose, the sweetest flower that grows.
You may search everywhere, but none can compare
With my wild Irish Rose.
My wild Irish Rose, the dearest flower that grows,
And some day for my sake, she may let me take
The bloom from my wild Irish Rose.

They may sing of their roses, which by other names,
Would smell just as sweetly, they say.
But I know that my Rose would never consent
To have that sweet name taken away.
Her glances are shy when e'er I pass by
The bower where my true love grows,
And my one wish has been that some day I may win
The heart of my wild Irish Rose.

My wild Irish Rose, the sweetest flower that grows.
You may search everywhere, but none can compare
With my wild Irish Rose.
My wild Irish Rose, the dearest flower that grows,
And some day for my sake, she may let me take
The bloom from my wild Irish Rose.

Song Details

Wild Irish Rose

Music & Lyrics: Chancellor 'Chauncey' Olcott

Date: 1899

Brief: Olcott was born on July 21st, 1858 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He was a singer, songwriter, and stage actor, eventually becoming a big star on Broadway.

The song was composed for his show, 'A Romance of Athlone'. Another famous song by Olcott was When Irish Eyes Are Smiling written for the show, The Isle O’ Dreams in 1912.

When he retired, he moved to Monte Carlo where he later died on March 18, 1932 at the age of 73. He was brought home to be buried - Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, New York, United States.

Warner Brothers made a movie about his life story in 1947 called My Wild Irish Rose.

Category: Traditional Irish Folk Song

Popular Recording Artists: Ronan Tynan (featured), Claire Hamilton, Brian Dullaghan, Ciaran Sheehan, Frank Munn, Mark Shelton, Shamrocks in the Wind...

Logo My Wild Irish Rose by The Irish Tenors is featured on the album Live From Ellis Island

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