Down by the Sally Gardens

Arranged by: Michael Sweeney

When was this written?

The poem was published in 1889.

What musical period was this written in?

This was written in the musical time period of Romantic which was between 1820-1869

What type of song is this?

This is an Irish folk song.

The Story

It was down by the Salley Gardens, my love and I did meet. She crossed the Sally Gardens with little snow-white feet. She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree, But I was young and foolish, and with her did not agree. In a field down 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. Down by the Sally Gardens, my love and I did meet. She crossed the Sally Gardens with little snow-white feet. She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree, But I was young and foolish, and with her did not agree.


What's the meaning behind this song?

The meaning behind this song is that a woman meets a man down by the Salley Gardens and they are in love. They meet up at this river to see each other but they are young, and so the girl leaves him and crosses the Salley gardens without him.


By: Megan Walkenhorst

Day 2 Band