Molly Bán
Alison Krauss Lyrics


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Come all ye young fellas
That handle a gun
Beware of night rambling
By the setting of the sun.

And beware of an accident
That happened of late
To young Molly Ban
And sad was her fate.

She was going to her uncles
When a shower came on
She went under a green bush
The shower to shun.

Her white apron wrapped around her
He took her for a swan
But a hush and sigh
Was his own Molly Ban.

He quickly ran to her
And found she was dead
And there on her bosom
Where he soaked, tears he shed.

He ran home to his father
With his gun in his hand
Saying "Father dear father
I have shot Molly Ban."

Her white apron wrapped around her
He took her for a swan
But a hush and a sigh
'Twas his own Molly Ban.

He roamed near the place
Where his true love was slain
He wept bitter tears
But his cries were in vain.

As he look on the lake
A swan glided by




And the sun slowly sank
In the gray up sky...

Overall Meaning

The song "Molly Bán" by Alison Krauss tells a tragic story of a young woman whose life ends too soon due to mistaken identity. The opening verse warns young men to be careful when out hunting as wandering at night can be risky. The ballad then moves on to describe the incident where Molly Ban was shot dead by a young man who mistook her for a swan. Molly had sought refuge from a shower under a green bush when she was mistaken for a swan by the young man. When he realized his mistake, he was filled with sorrow and regret. He went home, told his father that he had accidentally shot Molly Ban and then roamed around the spot of her death weeping, but to no avail.


The song highlights the sad and maddeningly normal fate of young women who were caught in the crosshairs of violent men in Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries. The story behind the song is a tragedy that speaks to the profound sense of loss and sorrow inherent to shooting accidents. The lyrics emphasize the fragility of life, the fleeting nature of youth, and the tragic consequences of losing that life.


Line by Line Meaning

Come all ye young fellas That handle a gun Beware of night rambling By the setting of the sun.
Young men who hunt should be wary of wandering at nightfall.


And beware of an accident That happened of late To young Molly Ban And sad was her fate.
The tragedy that befell Molly Ban is a warning to all.


She was going to her uncles When a shower came on She went under a green bush The shower to shun.
Molly sought shelter from a passing shower under a tree.


Her white apron wrapped around her He took her for a swan But a hush and sigh Was his own Molly Ban.
Sadly, the man mistook Molly for a swan and mortally wounded her.


He quickly ran to her And found she was dead And there on her bosom Where he soaked, tears he shed.
He wept bitterly upon discovering Molly's lifeless body.


He ran home to his father With his gun in his hand Saying "Father dear father I have shot Molly Ban."
In a state of shock and remorse, the man confesses to his father that he has killed Molly.


Her white apron wrapped around her He took her for a swan But a hush and a sigh 'Twas his own Molly Ban.
Once again, the tragedy of Molly's mistaken identity is relayed.


He roamed near the place Where his true love was slain He wept bitter tears But his cries were in vain.
The man mourned over the spot where Molly died but could not bring her back from the dead.


As he look on the lake A swan glided by And the sun slowly sank In the gray up sky...
In the midst of his grief, the man sees a swan on the lake and watches the sun set.




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@JessieB_

A sad song. -- Lyrics
Come all ye young fellas
That handle a gun
Beware of night rambling
By the setting of the sun
And beware of an accident
That happened of late
To young Molly Ban
And sad was her fate
She was going to her uncles
When a shower came on
She went under a green bush
The shower to shun
Her white apron wrapped around her
He took her for a swan
But a hush and sigh
Was his own Molly Ban
He quickly ran to her
And found she was dead
And there on her bosom
Where he soaked, tears he shed
He ran home to his father
With his gun in his hand
Saying "Father dear father
I have shot Molly Ban"
Her white apron wrapped around her
He took her for a swan
But a hush and a sigh
'Twas his own Molly Ban
He roamed near the place
Where his true love was slain
He wept bitter tears
But his cries were in vain
As he look on the lake
A swan glided by
And the sun slowly sank
In the gray up sky
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@frankgehry5073

Lyrics:
Come all ye young fellas
That handle a gun
Beware of night rambling
By the setting of the sun
And beware of an accident
That happened of late
To young Molly Ban
And sad was her fate
She was going to her uncle's
When a shower came on
She went under a green bush
The shower to shun
Her white apron wrapped around her
He took her for a swan
But a hush and sigh
Was his own Molly Ban
He quickly ran to her
And found she was dead
And there on her bosom
Where he soaked, tears he shed
He ran home to his father
With his gun in his hand
Saying, 'father, dear father
I have shot Molly Ban"
Her white apron wrapped around her
He took her for a swan
But a hush and a sigh
'Twas his own Molly Ban
He roamed near the place
Where his true love was slain
He wept bitter tears
But his cries were in vain
As he looked on the lake
A swan glided by
And the sun slowly sank
In the grayed up sky



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@dawncharlonne1961

I am so very lucky to have Celtic roots as well as Indigenous I love listening to the music of my ancestors..My grandfather taught my family to be proud of who we are and to give thanks for all we have.mI dream of going home to Kilkenny Ireland some day 💚 Erin Go Bragh! 💚

@costasgiotakis3895

The one and only magnificent Alison Krauss with the legendary Chieftains.Goosebumps!

@wpm5077

My dad's pet name for my mum, my dad passed 30years ago and my mum 11years, This song brings a smile to my face. beautiful,,,,,, RIP my dearest parents.

@patriciacampbell32

Amazing voice off Alison krauss

@jeargentry1154

Her voice fits Celtic music so well. I'm obsessed with her.

@909jjuy

The beautiful voice of Allison Krauss and the Chieftains is a Perfect Symphony...thanks for posting great Pictures....beautiful ..

@briancoffey4581

So sad, yet so beautiful. A perfect marriage of talents here. Alison's voice cuts right to the soul. The images depicted here are breathtaking as well.

@anthonywalsh7613

Tragically beautiful

@BLane-xr1ic

Absolutely beautiful ❤

@Leoluca_Randisi

Beautiful song that harkens back to my Irish/Scottish heritage!

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