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Red is the Rose

by Joe Alan

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This is a traditional Irish ballad that I've loved for a long time. It features vocals, guitar, and my Weber Bitterroot mandolin. As I recorded take after take (it took 28 tries for the guitar and vocal which were recorded together live), I kept stripping away the unnecessary, doing my best to get to the heart of this song and not overdue it.

I'm proud of my Irish roots, this tune just feels right to me.
I hope you enjoy it.
Slainté!

JAM

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Come over the hills, my bonnie Irish lass

Come over the hills to your darling

You choose the road, love, and I'll make the vow

And I'll be your true love forever

Red is the Rose in yonder garden grows

And fair is the lily of the valley

Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne

But my love is fairer than any.

T'was down by Killarney's green woods that we strayed

And the moon and the stars they were shining

The moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair

And she swore she'd be my love forever.

Red is the Rose in yonder garden grows

And fair is the lily of the valley

Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne

But my love is fairer than any.

It's not for the parting that my sister pains

It's not for the grief of my mother

It is all for the loss of my bonnie Irish lass

That my heart is breaking forever.

Red is the Rose by yonder garden grows

And fair is the lily of the valley

Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne

But my love is fairer than any.

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released March 12, 2022

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Joe Alan Colorado

Joe Alan is a Roots musician from Western Colorado, where he currently resides.

Originally a fiddle player turned vocalist and guitarist, he writes both instrumental music and songs with lyrics, blending a variety of genres to form his signature style.

Joe Alan has been crafting his multi-instrumental musicianship and clever song writing since 2007, performing throughout the state and beyond.
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