“The Flower of Magherally”


"'Twas on a summer's morning, The flowers were a-blooming-0, Nature all adoning... I met my love near Banbridge town, My charming blue-eyed Sally-o." The singer describes her beauty, wishes he could offer her wealth, and hopes to marry her even without it


This instantly made me think of "Sally in Our Alley." The metrical form is quite close, and there are a few similar phrases in the tune, but there really doesn't appear to be kinship. - RBW


  1. SHenry H220, pp. 243-244, "The Flower of Magherally, O!" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. OLochlainn 59, "The Flowers of Magherally" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. OBoyle 11, "The Flower of Magherally" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #3009
  5. BI, HHH220


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: love courting beauty
Found in: Ireland