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tommy makem – i wish my love was a red red rose lyrics

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i wish my love was a red, red rose growing in yon garden fair
and i to be the gardener, of her i would take care
there’s not a month throughout the year, that my love i’d renew
i’d garnish her with flowers fine, sweet william, thyme and rue

i wish i was a b-tterfly, i’d light on my love’s breast
and if i was a blue cuckoo, i’d sing my love to rest
and if i was a nightingale, i’d sing the daylight clear
i’d sit and sing for you, molly, for once i loved you dear

i wish i was in dublin town and seated on the gr-ss
in my right hand, a jug of punch, and on my knee, a l-ss
i’d call for liquor freely and i’d pay before i’d go
i’d roll my molly in my arms, let the wind blow high or low