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By: Dustin Graf

Lyrics


It was down by the Salley Gardens, my love and I did meet. She crossed the Salley 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 Salley Gardens, my love and I did meet. She crossed the Salley 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.


The Salley Gardens location

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.

This is a picture of the "Salley Gardens."

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History

Yeats indicated in a note that it was "an attempt to reconstruct an old song from three lines imperfectly remembered by an old peasant woman in the village of Ballisodare, Sligo, who often sings them to herself."The "old song" may have been the ballad The Rambling Boys of Pleasure which contains the following verse"It was down by Sally's Garden one evening late I took my way.'Twas there I spied this pretty little girl, and those words to me sure she did say.She advised me to take love easy, as the leaves grew on the tree.But I was young and foolish, with my darling could not agree."

The similarity to the first verse of the Yeats version is unmistakable and would suggest that this was indeed the song Yeats remembered the old woman singing. The rest of the song, however, is quite different.

Yeats's original title, "An Old Song Re-Sung", reflected his debt to The Rambling Boys of Pleasure. It first appeared under its present title when it was reprinted in Poems in 1895.

Orla Fallon - Down By Sally Gardens