The Banks of
(Tune: The Star of County Down)
I took a stroll one evening in the latter part
The stars shone brightly in the sky, and
brightly shone the moon
I took a stroll from Cambridge, boys, to view
the scenery round
'Twas there I spied an Indian maid, she was
sitting on the ground.
Oh, boldly I walked up to her; she did not seem
Oh, boldly I walked up to her, and to her this I
"It does surprise me very much, although you are
To see you sitting here alone on the banks of
I scarcely gave one look at her when tears began
She said, "Young man, draw nigh to me, and I
will tell you all.
My sisters and my brothers died, likewise my pa
I'm left an orphan here alone on the banks of
"And that's not all, kind sir," she cried. "A
true love once was mine.
He was a brave young scout upon the British
He courted me, he flattered me, he said I'd be
But now he's gone and left me here on the banks
of the Pembina."
Said I, "My pretty Indian maid, if you'll come
along with me
I'll take you to a happy home in the paleface
I'll dress you up in costly robes, the likes you
And no more need you wander on the banks of the
"Oh, no, kind sir," she said to me. "With you I
I made a vow I'd live and die with the red deer
and the doe.
Although that paleface broke his oath and I am
but a squaw
I made a vow I'd live and die on the banks of