Green Grow the Rashes

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Trad by Robert Burns arr FOS Brothers. This is the Englified version.


Green grow the rashes, O!
Green grow the rashes, O!
The sweetest hours that e'er I spend,
Are spent amang the lasses, O!

There's nought but care on every han'
In every hour that passes, O;
What signifies the life o' man,
An 'twere na for the lasses, O?

The warl'ly race may riches chase,
An' riches still may fly them, O;
An' though at last they catch them fast,
Their hearts can ne'er enjoy them, O.

But gi'e me a canny hour at e'en,
My arms about my dearie, O,
An' warl'ly cares an' warl'ly men
May a' gae tapsalteerie, O!

For you sae douce, ye sneer at this,
Ye're nought but senseless asses, O;
The wisest man the warl' e'er saw,
He dearly loved the lasses, O.

Auld Nature swears the lovely dears
Her noblest work she classes, O;
Her 'prentice han' she tried on man,
An' then she made the lasses, O.


from Clear Again, released March 15, 2017



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FOS Brothers Exeter, UK

The FOS Brothers are Dave and Sam McCrory, born and brought up in East Belfast. They moved to the UK and have been playing together for the last 25 years at festivals, Art Centres and venues. They perform their own songs and many trad reworkings of Irish songs and ballads.

"Bucolic folk has a psychedelic head-fit"
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