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The Black Velvet Band
Traditional.
notes: This song has many different versions and is recorded by a large
number of bands.
Black Velvet Band

    G                                                    C                              D
In a neat little town they call Belfast, an apprentice to trade I was bound
    G                                           Em     Am             D7         G
And many’s the hour of sweet happiness I spent in that neat little town
Until troubled misfortune came o’er me, which caused me to stray from my land
Far away from me friends and relations to follow the black velvet band

And her eyes they shone like the diamonds
You’d think she was queen of the land, (and she was)
And her hair hung over her shoulders
Tied up with a black velvet band

As I went into an alehouse, not intendin’ to stay very long
I met with a frolicsome damsel as she come trippin’ along
And then came a watchman a flash-man she happened to meet on the sly
I could tell that her mind, it was altered by the flash of her gleamin’ dark eye
A watch she pulled out of his pocket and she slipped it right into my hand
Then she put me in the charge of a policeman; bad luck to the black velvet band

Oh before judge and jury next morning it’s there that I had to appear
A gentleman claimed his jewelry and the case against me was quite clear
“Oh it’s seven long years' transportation; you’re goin’ to Van Diemen’s
land
Far away from your friends and relations to follow the black velvet band�

Come all ye young Irish fellows; a warning you take now by me
Beware of the frolicsome damsels that are ‘tTrippin’ in Belfast city
For they’ll treat you to whiskey and porter until your not able to stand
And the very next thing that you know, me boys, you’re goin’ to Van Diemen’s
Land