Star of the County Down – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to the Star of the County Down tell the story of a young man who falls for the charms of a young Irish peasant girl he happens to meet on a country lane.

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Each verse has eight lines divided into two sections. The lyrics maintain a tight pattern with an internal rhyme in the first, third, fifth and seventh lines. The second and fourth lines rhyme with each other, as do the sixth and eighth lines. The repeating rhyming pattern gives the lyrics a very tight structure, making it easier for the singer to remember what comes next. The chords are presented here in the key of E minor. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.

 
Em 
Near to Banbridge town, in the  
G 
County 
 
 
D 
Down
 
One  
Em 
morning in Ju
D 
ly
 
Down a  
Em 
boreen 
 
 
D 
green came a  
G 
sweet 
 
coll
D 
een
 
And she  
Em 
smiled as she  
Am 
passed me  
Em 
by.
 
She  
G 
looked so sweet from her  
D 
two bare feet
 
To the  
Em 
sheen of her nut brown  
D 
hair
 
Such a  
Em 
coaxing elf, I had to  
G 
shake 
 
my
D 
self
 
To make  
Em 
sure I was  
Am 
standing 
 
 
Em 
there.
Chorus
 
From  
G 
Bantry Bay up to  
D 
Derry 
 
Quay
 
And from  
Em 
Galway to Dublin  
D 
town
 
No  
Em 
maid I’ve seen like the  
G 
sweet 
 
col
D 
leen,
 
She’s the  
Em 
star of the  
Am 
County 
 
 
Em 
Down.

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As she onward sped I shook my head
And I gazed with a feeling rare
And I said, says I, to a passerby
“Who’s the maid with the nut-brown hair?”
He smiled at me, and with pride says he
“That’s the gem of Ireland’s crown.
She’s young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann
She’s the star of the County Down.

Chorus

I’ve travelled a bit, but never was hit
Since my roving career began
But fair and square I surrendered there
To the charms of young Rose McCann.
With a heart to let and no tenant yet
Did I meet with in shawl or gown
But in she went and I asked no rent
From the star of the County Down.

Chorus

At the crossroads fair I’ll be surely there
And I’ll dress in my Sunday clothes
And I’ll try sheep’s eyes, and deludhering lies
On the heart of the nut-brown rose.
No pipe I’ll smoke, no horse I’ll yoke
Though with rust my plough turns brown
Till a smiling bride by my own fireside
Sits the star of the County Down.

Chorus

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Some versions of the lyrics to the Star of the County Down contain this extra verse.

She’d a soft brown eye and a look so sly
And a smile like the rose in June
And you hung on each note from her lily-white throat
As she lilted an Irish tune.
At the pattern dance you were held in a trance
As she tripped through a reel or a jig
And when her eyes she’d roll she’d coax, on my soul
A spud from a hungry pig.

Chorus

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[Em]Near to Banbridge town, in the [G]County [D]Down
One [Em]morning in Ju[D]ly
Down a [Em]boreen [D]green came a [G]sweet coll[D]een
And she [Em]smiled as she [Am]passed me [Em]by.
She [G]looked so sweet from her [D]two bare feet
To the [Em]sheen of her nut brown [D]hair
Such a [Em]coaxing elf, I had to [G]shake my[D]self
To make [Em]sure I was [Am]standing [Em]there.

Chorus

From [G]Bantry Bay up to [D]Derry Quay
And from [Em]Galway to Dublin [D]town
No [Em]maid I’ve seen like the [G]sweet col[D]leen,
She’s the [Em]star of the [Am]County [Em]Down.

As she onward sped I shook my head
And I gazed with a feeling rare
And I said, says I, to a passerby
“Who’s the maid with the nut-brown hair?”
He smiled at me, and with pride says he
“That’s the gem of Ireland’s crown.
She’s young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann
She’s the star of the County Down.

Chorus

I’ve travelled a bit, but never was hit
Since my roving career began
But fair and square I surrendered there
To the charms of young Rose McCann.
With a heart to let and no tenant yet
Did I meet with in shawl or gown
But in she went and I asked no rent
From the star of the County Down.

Chorus

At the crossroads fair I’ll be surely there
And I’ll dress in my Sunday clothes
And I’ll try sheep’s eyes, and deludhering lies
On the heart of the nut-brown rose.
No pipe I’ll smoke, no horse I’ll yoke
Though with rust my plough turns brown
Till a smiling bride by my own fireside
Sits the star of the County Down.

Chorus

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