The Rose Of Tralee lyrics

by John McDermott

The pale moon was rising above the green mountains,
The sun was declining beneath the blue sea;
When I strayed with my love to the pure crystal fountain,
That stands in the beautiful Vale of Tralee.

She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer,
Yet 'twas not her beauty alone that won me;
Oh no, 'twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning,
That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.

The cool shades of evening their mantle were spreading,
And Mary all smiling was listening to me;
The moon through the valley her pale rays was shedding,
When I won the heart of the Rose of Tralee.

She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer,
Yet 'twas not her beauty alone that won me;
Oh no, 'twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning,
That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.

In the far fields of India 'mid war's bloody thunders,
Her voice was solace and comfort to me,
But the cool hand of death has now torn us asunder,
I'm lonely tonight for my Rose of Tralee.

She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer,
Yet 'twas not her beauty alone that won me;
Oh no, 'twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning,
That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.

She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer,
Yet 'twas not her beauty alone that won me;
Oh no, 'twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning,
That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.

Song Details

The Rose Of Tralee

Music: Charles William Glover

Lyrics: Windmill Studios, Dublin, Ireland

Date: 19th century

Brief: An old Irish ballad from the 19th century, the song was written about a young woman called Mary who was called The Rose Of Tralee because of her outstanding beauty.

Category: Irish Ballad / Irish Love Song

Popular Recording Artists: John McDermott (featured), John McCormack, Foster & Allen, The Celtic Angels, The Irish Tenors, Jim McCann, The Irish Dreamers, Phil Coulter, Morton Downey, Frank Patterson, Phil Klein, Tina Mulrooney...

Logo The Rose Of Tralee by John McDermott is featured on the album Danny Boy (released 1st Jan, 1992).

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