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This is a traditional song, which appears to be Irish in origin. Many traditional singers have performed it. My version is based on Nic Jones' recording on 'Penguin Eggs', but I've made some major changes to the lyrics.
COURTING IS A PLEASURE
Traditional, arranged and adapted by Tim Chesterton
Courting is a pleasure between my love and I,
And it’s down in yon green valley I will meet her by and by
Way down in yon green valley, she is my heart’s delight
Molly, lovely Molly I would stay ‘til broad daylight.
Going to church last Sunday my love she passed me by,
I knew her mind was altered by the roving of her eye,
I knew her mind was altered toward a lad of high degree
Molly, lovely Molly your looks have wounded me.
I went to her on Monday with a bottle in my hand
Saying, “Here’s to you, lovely Molly,
for our courting is at an end.
So raise your glass, lovely Molly,
raise your glass and then go free
Ten guineas I will wager
that married we ne’er shall be”.
Farewell, Ballymorrie, likewise the sweet Bann shore
Farewell to your rolling hills I will never see no more
Americay lies far away across the ocean blue
But it's there I’d go lovely Molly and never more see you.
released February 24, 2016
Guitar and Voice: Tim Chesterton
Engineered, tracked and mixed by Stew Kirkwood at Sound Extractor Studios, Edmonton, Alberta
Tim Chesterton is inspired by the rich heritage of traditional folk music of the British Isles and North America, and enjoys interpreting traditional songs as well as writing new songs in the traditional style.