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I Know My Love

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Background:

"I Know My Love" is a song that seems deeply embedded in the traditional Irish ballad tradition, though the earliest confirmed version only comes from the 1920s. As is the case with so many folk songs, the origins of the ballad are unknown and the song was never copyrighted. Versions have been recorded by several well-known artists, including a noteworthy collaboration between The Chieftains and The Corrs.

Lyrics:

I know my love by his way of walking and I know my love by his way of talking
And I know my love dressed in his jersey blue and if my love leaves me, what will I do?

And still she cried, "I love him the best and a tiring mind can know no rest"
And still she cried, "Bonny boys are few and if my love leaves me what will I do?"

There is a dance house down in Mardyke, and there my true love goes every night
And he takes a strange one upon his knee, and don't you think now that vexes me?

And still she cried, "I love him the best and a tiring mind can know no rest"
And still she cried, "Bonny boys are few and if my love leaves me what will I do?"

If my love knew I could wash and wring, and if my love knew I could weave and spin
I'd make for him a suit of the finest kind, but the want of money leaves me behind

And still she cried, "I love him the best and a tiring mind can know no rest"
And still she cried, "Bonny boys are few and if my love leaves me what will I do?"

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