Alison Krauss - Molly Bán (Bawn) Lyrics




Come all ye young fellas
That handle a gun
Beware of night rambling
By the setting of the sun
And beware of an accident
That happened of late
To young Molly Ban
And sad was her fate

She was going to her uncles
When a shower came on
She went under a green bush
The shower to shun

Her white apron wrapped around her
He took her for a swan
But a hush and sigh
Was his own Molly Ban

He quickly ran to her
And found she was dead
And there on her bosom
Where he soaked, tears he shed

He ran home to his father
With his gun in his hand
Saying "Father dear father
I have shot Molly Ban"

Her white apron wrapped around her
He took her for a swan
But a hush and a sigh
'Twas his own Molly Ban

He roamed near the place
Where his true love was slain
He wept bitter tears
But his cries were in vain
As he look on the lake
A swan glided by
And the sun slowly sank
In the gray up sky





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  1. jane irvine

    What a beautifully haunting song!
    I've loved the Chieftains' music for years and Allison Krauses voice blends beautifully. I hope to find the live version on DVD. I used to have it but it went missing during a move. Thank you for posting. Blessings on you and yours.

  2. Stephen Long

    The 25 people that gave this a thumbs down are pricks🖕beautiful song

  3. Moriah Momani

    A holy union...Alison Kraus and the mighty Chieftains. Brilliant. Should be so much more of it!

  4. Sassy Apple Studio

    This makes me want to strap on my long knife and pistol, throw a cloak over my shoulders, pull on my boots, and hit the road to make my living by the point of a blade.

  5. Jear Gentry

    Her voice fits Celtic music so well. I'm obsessed with her.

  6. Frank Gehry

    Lyrics:
    Come all ye young fellas
    That handle a gun
    Beware of night rambling
    By the setting of the sun
    And beware of an accident
    That happened of late
    To young Molly Ban
    And sad was her fate
    She was going to her uncle's
    When a shower came on
    She went under a green bush
    The shower to shun
    Her white apron wrapped around her
    He took her for a swan
    But a hush and sigh
    Was his own Molly Ban
    He quickly ran to her
    And found she was dead
    And there on her bosom
    Where he soaked, tears he shed
    He ran home to his father
    With his gun in his hand
    Saying, 'father, dear father
    I have shot Molly Ban"
    Her white apron wrapped around her
    He took her for a swan
    But a hush and a sigh
    'Twas his own Molly Ban
    He roamed near the place
    Where his true love was slain
    He wept bitter tears
    But his cries were in vain
    As he looked on the lake
    A swan glided by
    And the sun slowly sank
    In the grayed up sky

    Jerry Archer

    Frank Gehry I just love the Irish Pipes.

  7. Boat Man

    Sounds a bit like Oscar Pestorious

  8. Sheila Potter

    It's Ben Bulben in County Sligo in NW Ireland, a special place indeed, W.B. Yeats knew and wrote of it...<3

  9. Petite Nobi

    Juste magnifique !

  10. Tom Truett

    Just about the saddest song I’ve ever heard.

    Sheila Potter

    Ireland was very troubled and so sad for so many years but when we lived there in the 1970's it was starting to smile again..remember the Irish are naturally very dramatic, I can say this for I am Irish..

    Swago_Girl

    If you want to listen want to listen to the saddest song ever created it is also sung by Allison Krauss, it’s called Jacob’s Dream. You will probably cry

  11. castratedrhino77

    To be OK with things, She's ours not yours.

  12. David O'Banion

    Alison Krauss has a voice that can never be duplicated.
    Long may she sing!
    A friend of mine is a huge bluegrass fan and booked Alison for a number of the festivals he organized years ago.

  13. Fredd Nygård

    The beautiful voice of Allison Krauss and the Chieftains is a Perfect Symphony...thanks for posting great Pictures....beautiful ..

  14. Martha Cain

    ...for he has killed his only true love, as he took her for a swan...

  15. Irish Field

    Beautiful ever Alison so great with Cheiftains........great vid also thank you

  16. Ryan Cavanaugh

    Ban Breavheart, Molly's a con cock shun...

  17. James R Shelburn

    Good combination of talent

  18. mike kavanagh

    Excellent,

  19. Erin Livan

    anyone want to continue traditions & inbreed rampantly-?

    Jiminy Cricket

    Erin Livan LOL!

  20. Johann Brandstatter

    If it was not for the music - the scenery here could take your breath away ! Magnificent !

  21. E marguti

    Which place is the one that appears at 1:33 ?

  22. Robert CROSS

    Well Tackless, I reckon one of the pics, The Three Sisters, was shot in Glen Coe in Argyllshire, Scotland.

    Najat57

    Wondered how those mtns got so tall... ;D

  23. Juan Carlos Martinez

    Que pasada mi saludo más afectuoso para esta gente

  24. RadioRebelGael

    Timeless tune.

  25. Stephen McCrea

    The live version is still on Daily Motion if you are quick :-)

  26. James Dower

    Yes! That live version was the tops. Too bad it was taken down. No doubt t'was some record people fearing they were loosing a few pennies. Bunch of wankerzzzs. Windy City is out and probably another few Grammy's to be taken home for Alison. She's definitely the voice of an angel right here on planet Earth

  27. Judy Doolan

    You will find a live version on The Chieftains - "Down the Old Plank Road" DVD

    Cameron Lowes

    ..the live version is better- imho....

  28. Etch. A Sketch

    Does anyone know if there's a link between this song and She Moved Through the Fair? They're so similar.

    SlightlySusan

    There are a lot of traditional ballads about dead sweethearts, some who were murdered by their significant others. The Old Irish Gaelic word for woman has many case forms which include "mna" and "bann, or, bean." I think Molly Ban/Bann refers to at least two of those forms.

    Also, there are many links with shape shifters who become swans or people who were condemned to live as swans.

    Son Of Viking

    Both are reckoned to be very ancient melodies, though SMTTF wasn't first "collected" until the 19th century while MB was recorded as being sung in various forms as far back as the 16th century. In musical terms they are of a group preserved in Irish culture which some musical historians claim show a legacy dating back to proto-Celtic, Indo-European roots, based mainly on their common amenability to being played with pedal point drone accompanying the main melody.

    Son Of Viking

    SilightlySusan: I think "Bán" (as it should really have been spelled in the title) refers to Molly's very fair hair, what we would now call a "platinum blonde". It simply means "white". In Irish when people are referred to as black, brown, or white it always refers to their hair colour. One notable exception which also bemuses many modern readers of ancient Irish history is the "na fir ghorma" (the blue men) which was the reference of choice for dark-skinned Africans, "blue" being the characteristic sheen of sunlight on very pigmented skin.

    jack317

    Etch. A Sketch this ones better

  29. Martin Johnston

    Instant home-sickness! Beautiful arrangement. :-)

  30. MrBirder1

    Yes i just tried to play the live version but it was gone.

  31. StereoSpace

    There was a live version of this that was removed. Shame. It was one of my favorites.

    yuraka

    check daily motion.  it's there.

    Michael Walseman

    I believe it was a transatlantic session with Sarah Jarosz for back up vocals.

    thebungler

    Alison Krauss...I myself have noticed it was taken down. Pissed off I was.

    lumasel

    nice version by the way

  32. Joel Watson

    This is quite moving. On par with Jackie Evancho's Danny Boy. Search for it.

  33. Nieves Palacios Penalba

    Fantastic, really ....magic¡¡

    Helen Meade

    Nieves Palacios Penalba i

  34. F. Kloos

    Ever heard an angel sing?

    Eric Geddes

    I have now.

  35. Milseogra Celtic: Ceol & Fuaimeanna

    Just Gorgeous & Marvelous, I Love Irish Country & Celtic sounds, like Jazz & Blues (4 Legends)

    Cathal Ó Diubháin

    its Irish music not Celtic, take everything away from the Irish. Its Irish traditional music, there are many Celtic nations apparently and this music come from Ireland

    E marguti

    The Celtic culture within Irish is what raises interests represented in the song. I am afraid it is more Celtic than Irish.

  36. butteryfistful

    How could you mistake someone for a swan? Dude deserved to live with his fate for being that dense.

    James McCaffrey

    She hid behind a bush, wearing a white shroud, during a storm. The shroud wrapped around her and the hunter {seemingly now half blind} shot without thinking.

    22grena

    Loyalist troll alert

    Cindy Bear

    There is also the possibility that he suffered from poor eyesight.

    Najat57

    Aha! - the old done-in-by-denseness just deserts... but in his defense there is the {unspoken} analogy of Molly's resemblance to a swan in what he sees as her grace, fairness, beauty and way of moving, all more or less exemplifed by that pesky white apron.

    If you're thinking, "woah, *that's* a stretch," well... Sometimes to create something beautiful - a painting so evocative people can't take their eyes off of it, a song so achingly perfect it hits them in the solar plexus, a poem or story that makes grown men cry - both the creator and the audience must, to some degree, engage in the suspension of reality.

    Or, if you'll pardon the terrible allusion to Things Swanlike, it calls for us to engage in flights of fancy. (-;

    Kristine Weber

    Swans can actually get pretty big... and she was all curled up trying to fit under that bush. So he saw a white oval shape in a bush where he didn't expect a woman, and his mind identified it as a swan instead... should have had a dog with him!

  37. Lavish Diluted

    I just wanna walk bare foot with an old timey summer dress on through an enchanted forest during the dawn of morning when I listen to this song... be sure not to get shot though. :/

    James Dower

    Funny stuff!

    Blind Parrots

    I share your sentiment about not being shot. Shall we exclude Dick Cheney on the outing?

    LoveOfATree

    Also beware the unexpected hedgehog ;-) but i completely share your sentiment...

  38. tackless

    Beautiful! was most of this shot in the northwest, Galway Mayo Donegal ,counties? I'm heading there this fall. I can't wait. My last trip was the West, and southwest. When I fly into Shannon before the plane even lands I feel that I am home.

    Richard Zifer

    Some of my ancestors were from those parts of Ireland. Would love to go there some day before I die and visit their home land.
    Beautiful country

    Kevin Callaghan

    sligo ben bulben is first shot

  39. cognitogrrl

    How lovely! Thank you for uploading this.