Streets of Derry lyrics

by Cara Dillon

After the morning there comes an evening
And after the evening another day
And after a false love there comes a true love
I'd have you listen now to what I say

I swear my love is the finest young man
As fair as any the sun shines on
But how to save him, I do not know it
For he has got a sentence to be hung

As he was marching the streets of Derry
I own he marched upright manfully
Being much more like a commanding officer
Than a man to die upon the gallows tree

He looked around and he saw her comin'
And she was dressed all in woolen fine
The weary steed that my love was riding
It flew more swiftly than the wind


Come down, come down from the cruel gallows
I've got your pardon from the king
And I'll let them see that they dare not hang you
And I'll crown my love with a bunch of green...

Song Details

Cara Dillon
Cara Dillon

Author: unknown - earliest known date of circulation ~ 1929.

Alternate Titles: After the Morning, Gallows, The Gallows Tree

Brief: The song is about a young man who is about to be hanged. Just before the event, his true love arrives with a royal pardon and he is saved.

Genre: Folk

Covers: Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra, The Bothy Band, Solid Ground, Paddy Kelly, Al O'Donnell, Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, Tradisjon...

Album by Cara Dillon - After The Morning (Sept 12, 2006)

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