Oh Danny Boy

Oh Danny Boy was written in 1910 by Frederick Edward Weatherly (1848-1929), an English lawyer and songwriter. Later, he paired it with an old Irish tune, A Londonderry Air, and published the song in 1913.

Haunting yet passionate, this song has been recorded by the likes of Glenn Miller, Judy Garland, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, and more recently, Harry Connick, Jr., and Celtic Thunder.

The Irish have bagpipes called the Uillean (elbow) pipes. They offer a sweet sound and a wide range of notes, distinguishing them from other bagpipes. Imagine them calling from ..."glen to glen, and down the mountain side...".

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.

But when ye 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 will warmer, sweeter be
For ye shall bend and tell me that you love me
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me.

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