Come With Me Over the Mountain

Traditional 

Audio

This example of "Over the Mountain" is sung by Andy Irvine on his album Way Out Yonder, available from the Chivalry Music store.
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Below are the words exactly the way Andy Irvine sings them in the example recording. He has  re-written some from the traditional and this exact arrangement is under copyright control (IMRO/MCPS).  Further down are the more common words as sung by other artists, including Len Graham on his album "Do Me Justice" The melody is the same for both.

One night as the moon did illumine the sky'
I first took a notion to marry
I put on me hat and away I did fly
You'd have thought I'd have been in a hurry
When I can to the place where I often had been
Me heart gave a leap when my darlin' I seen 
I lifted the latch and I bade her Good E'en
Will you come with me over the mountain?

What notion is this that's got into your head
You'll make me afraid to be near you
It's twelve o'clock and they're all in bed
Speak low or me mammy will hear you.
I'm using no magic, casting no spell
I'm an honest young man and I love you right well
And if you'll not have me, dear girl, farewell
I'll go back alone o'er the mountain.

If I were to make an elopement with you
I might find myself in great danger
The country would tittle and censor me too
My parents would frown and no wonder.
Let them all tittle and censor away
Consult with yourself for it's growing near day
What do we care what the country might say?
Come with me over the mountain.

She looked at me long and she looked at me hard
She trembled a little uneasy
Then wiping a tear that appeared in her eye
She said to me -- Darling, I'm ready.
Give me a moment til I get me shoes
Me heart gave a lep when I heard the glad news
I lifted the latch saying I hope you'll excuse
Me simplicity over the mountain.

By this time the moon had gone down in the sky
And the morning star brightly was shining
We both made the journey in greatest of haste
And we were wed at the altar of hymen.
In peace and contentment we spend our days
The anger of parents was soon blown away
Often we smile when we've little to say
On the trip we took over the mountain.


This is the more commonly heard version of the words. The melody is the same.

One night when the moon had illumined the sky
When first I took a notion to marry
I put on my hat and away I did hie,
You might think I was in a hurry.
Till I came to a spot where I often had been
My heart gave a leap when my darling was seen
I opened the door and I bid her good night
And I said will you come over the mountain?

Oh what sort of fit has got into your head?
I'm glad for to see you so merry;
It's now twelve o'clock when you should be in bed,
Speak low or you'll waken my Mammy!
Well if I am jesting, my jesting is true,
I have courted twelve months, faith I think it will do
And before that I sleep I'll be married to you
If you'll come with me over the mountain.

If I was to make an elopement with you
It might be attended with danger;
The country would censure and tattle us too
My friend would be all in a wonder!
Well, just let them censure and tattle away
Consult with yourself for it's very near day
And I don't give a damn what the whole of them say
If I once had you over the mountain.

But I am resolved at home for to stay,
I think it more fitting and better.
Then fare-thee-well darling I must be away
So that puts an end to the matter.
Oh, stop, stop a moment till I get my shoes,
My heart gave a leap when I heard the glad news,
She ran to the door saying I hope you'll excuse
My simplicity over the mountain.

By this time the moon had sunk in the west
And the morning star bright was shining.
We both made our journey with the greatest of haste
Till we came to the alter of highness.
The clergy came there without any delay,
He married us both on that very same day,
And it's often we chat when we've little to say
Of the trip we took over the mountain.