Roseville Fair lyrics

by Liam Clancy ft. Gemma Hayes

May they dance all night
To the fiddle and the banjo,
The way we did at the Roseville Fair.

Oh, the night was clear, the stars were shining,
The moon came up so quiet in the sky.
And people gathered 'round, the bands were tuning,
I can hear them now, playin' "Comin' Through The Rye."

You were dressed in blue, you looked so lovely,
Just a gentle flower of a small-town girl.
You took my hand and we danced to the music,
With a single smile, you became my world.

And we danced all night
To the fiddle and the banjo.
Their drifting tunes seemed to fill the air.
So long ago, but I still remember
When we fell in love at the Roseville Fair.

We courted well, we courted dearly,
We'd sit for hours on the front porch chair.
And a year went by from the time I met you,
And I made you mine at the Roseville Fair.

And we danced all night
To the fiddle and the banjo,
Their drifting tunes seemed to fill the air.
So long ago, but I still remember
When we fell in love at the Roseville Fair.

[Instrumental]

So here's a song for all the lovers,
And here's a tune that they can share.
May they dance all night
To the fiddle and the banjo,
The way we did at the Roseville Fair.

May they dance all night
To the fiddle and the banjo,
The way we did at the Roseville Fair.

Song Details

Music & Lyrics: Bill Staines - American singer songwriter and folk musician.

Brief: A love song about a couple who meet and fall in love at the Roseville Fair. As the band fires up and dancing begins, he takes her hand and they dance through the night to the fiddle and the banjo... and with a smile he wins her heart forever.

References:
Roseville - a city in SE Michigan, near Detroit
Comin' Through The Rye - a poem written in 1782 by Robert Burns (1759–96) - well known as a traditional children's song with the lyrics put to the melody of the Scottish Minstrel Common' Frae The Town.

Category: Folk Song.

Please Note: Although emanating from America, Liam Clancy has adopted the song with its inclusion in several of his studio albums. This version with Gemma Hayes is on The Parting Glass (The Very Best of Liam Clancy) and The Wheels of Life album (pictured) - also on Liam Clancy's Favourites 1 & 2, and Makem and Clancy's We've Come A Long Way album.

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