Maura O'Connell and Karen Matheson - Down by the Salley Gardens
Lyrics: by W. B. Yeats 1889
fiddle: Aly Bain accordion: Donald Shaw flute: Ronan Browne dobro: Jerry Douglas guitar: Russ Barenberg bass: Danny Thompson
Down by the salley gardens
my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens
with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy,
as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish,
with her would not agree.
In a field by the river
my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder
she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy,
as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish,
and now am full of tears.
It has been suggested that the location of the
"Salley Gardens" was on the banks of the river at Ballysadare near Sligo where the residents cultivated trees to provide
roof thatching materials. "Salley" or
"sally" is a form of the Standard English word "sallow",
i.e., a tree of the genus Salix. It is close in sound to
the Irish word saileach, meaning 'willow'.