Oh, as I was a-walking all down by the town,
Those lovely green mountains they did me surround,
I spied a maiden and to me she looked grand.
She was plucking wild roses by the banks of the Bann.
I quickly approached her and to her I did say,
"Since Nature has ordain-ed, we should meet in this way,
has ordained it, come give me your hand,
And we will walk together by the banks of the Bann.
It was into a corner where the changes took place.
I knew by the blood that beat on her face.
Her feet they fell
from her on a neat bed of sand
And she fell into my arms by the banks of the Bann.
"Oh, young man, now that you've wronged me, come give me your name
So that when the child is born I might call
him the same."
"My name is Willie Archer as you may understand
And my home and habitation lie close to the Bann."
"But I cannot marry you, I'm apprenticed and bound
To the spinning and the weaving in Rathfriland town,
my time is over I will give you my hand
And we will walk together by the banks of the Bann."
Come all you fair maidens and take warning by me —
Well don't go out a-courting by one, two, or three,
don't go out a-courting by three, two, or one
For you might meet Willie Archer by the banks of the Bann.