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Black Velvet Band - Lyrics

In Tralee in the sweet County Kerry,
to the carpenter's trade I was bound.
Many's the hour sweet happiness, I had in that neat little town.
A sad misfortune came over me, which caused me to stray from the land.
Far away from my friends and
relations, betrayed by the Black Velvet Band.

Her eyes they shone like diamonds,
you'd swear she was Queen of the Land.
With her hair hung over her
shoulder, tied up with the Black Velvet Band.

As I was going down Broadway, not intending to stay very long.
Who should I meet but a pretty fair maid as she came a tripping along?
She was both fair and handsome, her neck it was white as a swan.
With her hair hung over her
shoulder, tied up with the Black Velvet Band.

Her eyes they shone like diamonds,
you'd swear she was Queen of the Land.
With her hair hung over her
shoulder, tied up with the Black Velvet Band.

I took a stroll with this pretty
fair maid and a gentleman passing us by.
I knew she had the doing of me by the look in her roguish black eye.
A gold watch she took from his
pocket and placed it right into my hand.
Then the law came and took me to
prison, bad luck to the Black Velvet Band.

Her eyes they shone like diamonds,
you'd swear she was Queen of the Land.
With her hair hung over her
shoulder, tied up with the Black Velvet Band.

Before the judge and the jury, next morning I had to appear.
The judge he says to me, "Young man, the case against you is clear.
Seven long years is your sentence,
to be spent far away from your land.
Far away from your friends and
relations, betrayed by the Black Velvet Band."

Her eyes they shone like diamonds,
you'd swear she was Queen of the Land.
With her hair hung over her
shoulder, tied up with the Black Velvet Band.

So come all you jolly young fellows, a warning take by me.
When you are out on the town, me lads, beware of the pretty colleens.
They'll fill you with strong ale,
mar yah! Until you are unable to stand.
Then the very next thing that you'll know me
lands, is you've landed in Van Diemen's Land.

Her eyes they shone like diamonds,
you'd swear she was Queen of the Land.
With her hair hung over her
shoulder, tied up with the Black Velvet Band.

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