The Black Velvet Band
The Irish Rovers Lyrics


Her eyes they shown like the diamonds you'd think she was queen of the land and her hair fell over her shoulder tied up with a black velvet band.

In a neat little town they called Belfast
Apprentice to trade I was bound, and many an hour sweet happiness I spent in that neat little town. Till bad misfortune came o'er me that caused me to stray from the land far away from me friends and relations did follow the black velvet band.

Her eyes they shown like the diamonds you'd think she was queen of the land and her hair fell over her shoulder tied up with a black velvet band.

Well I went out strolling one evening, not meanin to go very far when I met with a fickle young damsel she was sellin her trade in the bar. When I watched she took from a customer she slipped it right into my hand then the law came and put me in prison bad luck to her black velvet band.

Her eyes they shown like the diamonds you'd think she was queen of the land and her hair fell over her shoulder tied up with a black velvet band.

Next morning before judge and jury for trial I had to appear and the judge he says me young fellow the case against you is quite clear and sever long years is your sentence your goin to vandyman's land far away from your friends and relations did follow the black velvet band.

Her eyes they shown like the diamonds you'd think she was queen of the land and her hair fell over her shoulder tied up with a black velvet band.

So come all ye jolly young fellows I'll have you take warnin by me and when ever your out on the liquor me lads beware of the pretty colleens for they'll fill you with whisky and porter till you are not able to stand and the very next thing that you know me lads you've landed in vandyman's land.

Her eyes they shown like the diamonds you'd think she was queen of the land and her hair fell over her shoulder tied up with a black velvet band.

Her eyes they shown like the diamonds you'd think she was queen of the land and her hair fell over her shoulder tied up with a black velvet band.

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Written by: WILL MILLAR

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Warren Rodwell

In a neat little town they called Belfast
Apprentice to trade I was bound
And many an hour's sweet happiness
Have I spent in that neat little town
As sad misfortune came over me
Which caused me to stray from the land
Far away from me friends and relations
Betrayed by the black velvet band
Her eyes they shown like diamonds
I thought her the queen of the land
And her hair, it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band
I took a stroll down broadway
Meaning not long for to stay
When who should I meet but this pretty fair maid
Come a-traipsing along the highway
She was both fair and handsome
Her neck, it was just like a swan
And her hair, it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band
Her eyes they shown like diamonds
I thought her the queen of the land
And her hair, it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band
I took a stroll with this pretty fair maid
And a gentleman passing us by
Well, I knew she meant the doing of him
By the look in her roguish black eye
A gold watch she took from his pocket
And placed it right into my hand
And the very first thing that I said, was
Bad 'cess to the black velvet band
Her eyes they shown like diamonds
I thought her the queen of the land
And her hair, it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band
Before the judge and the jury
Next morning, I had to appear
The judge, he says to me
"Young man, you're case it is proven clear
We'll give you seven years penal servitude
To be spent far away from the land
Far away from your friends and relations
Betrayed by the black velvet band"
Her eyes they shown like diamonds
I thought her the queen of the land
And her hair, it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a 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 feed you with strong drink, me lads
'Til you are unable to stand
And the very first thing that you'll know is
You've landed in Van Diemens Land
Her eyes they shown like diamonds
Her neck, it was just like a swan
And her hair, it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band



All comments from YouTube:

Cale

My mother sang this to me when I was a baby, now I sing it to my daughter.

604morris

Mine too!

Ozgun Sahin

☺️😢

Horror by Marilyn

My momma sang this to me too

hardlines4

Cale ❤️

William Boynton

Listening to this in 2013, remembering it from the 1960's, and loving it every bit as much now as I did then!!!

Janis Hart

William Bonton: 2019 here! My late husband turned me on to the Rovers in the early '70's!

Shelby G

My family and I went to the Medieval Faire in my neck of the woods about 5 years ago. The day we went there was these 2 guys who played acoustic guitars and sang and this was one of the songs they played. Whenever they sang the "You would think she was queen of the land" lyric my brother and I, being the goofs that we are, would always yell back "AND SHE WAS!" Needless to say, they got a kick out of it. Fast forward to this past August - we went back to that faire and the same duo was there again this year. We sat down to watch them and, before they played this song, they asked the audience to participate by saying, "And she was!" after they said "You would think she was queen of the land". Apparently they had gotten such a kick out of our shenanigans from 5 years earlier that they made it a permanent part of their show from then on. We were tickled to death! They even recognized us in the crowd (probably since we were the loudest lol) and gave us each a copy of their cd. It was too cool :)

WhoaJoe

I need to find a medieval fair

Randy Holland

Yar

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