Attending Catholic schools back when such schools in the big cities up north were dominated by Americans of Italian and Irish descent gave me a deep appreciation for the song, “Danny Boy.” Frankly, I don’t understand how any father with a son couldn’t love this song. The two groups didn’t always get along in those days, but I’ve spent more than one night hoisting a beer in an Irish pub with my boyos from the old neighborhood listening to drunken renditions of Danny Boy.
The first video is just three guys singing the song as I imagine I remember it being sung in the pubs of olden times. But memories from 35 years ago while drinking beer in an Irish pub can be a bit foggy, and I doubt I ever heard it sung back then as well as these three guys sing it.
Having been in choir pre-puberty under the tutelage of a priest who sported a heavy brogue from the Emerald Isle, I also still love a good soprano version of the song. So I offer the second video, sung by 14-year-old Liam McNally on the show, “Britain’s Got Talent.” The full lyrics to the song will be posted under the videos.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
A Welsh trio from Anglesey, North Wales.
Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer’s gone, and all the roses falling
‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow
‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.
And when you come, and all the flowers are dying
If I am dead, as dead I well may be
You’ll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me.
And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me
And all my grave shall warmer, sweeter be
For you will bend and tell me that you love me
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me.
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