From the recording Slán Abhaile
“Step it Out Mary”, music & lyrics by Sean McCarthy,
Copyright Morning Music (Usa) Inc. Arranged by Roane.
In the village of Kilgory, there’s a maiden young and fair,
Her eyes shine like diamonds, she has long and golden hair.
A horseman he comes riding, riding up to her father's gate,
On a pure white stallion, and he comes at the strike of eight.
So, step it out Mary, my fine daughter,
Step it out Mary, if you can.
Step it out Mary, my fine daughter,
Show your legs to the countryman.
I have come to court your daughter, Mary of the golden hair.
I have gold and I silver, I have goods beyond compare.
I’ll buy her silks and satins, and a gold ring for her hand,
She shall have a mansion, she'll have servants to command.
I don’t want your gold & silver, I don’t want your house and land!
I’m in love with a soldier, I have promised him my hand.
But her father spoke up sharply, "You will do as I command!
You'll get married on a Sunday, and you'll wear that wedding band!”
In the village of Kilgory, there's a deep stream flowing wide,
And on her wedding day at midnight, she drowned with her soldier boy.
In the cottage there is music, you can hear her father say:
“Oh step it out Mary my fine daughter, Sunday is your wedding day!”