Saturday, March 13, 2010

Oh Danny Boy, The Pipes, The Pipes Are Calling.

"Danny Boy" is an Irish song, lyrics written by an English lawyer, and sung to an older tune named Londonderry Air. The song was written in 1913, and first recorded in 1915. It soon became the most popular song of the new century.

People have different interpretations of the song. Some think it is a message from a parent to a son leaving Ireland as part of the Irish diaspora. Some say the phrase "the pipes, the pipes are calling," means the bagpipes traditionally played at an Irish funeral, and the father knows he will be dead before his son ever returns.

The song is considered am Irish anthem, some thinking of it as a particularly Irish-American signature song because of so many Irish who came to the U.S. in the Irish diaspora and never returned to Ireland.

Oh Danny Boy (lyrics as sung here; there are slightly different versions elsewhere)

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 dreams shall warm and sweeter be
For you will bend and tell me that you love me
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me.


  1. the greatest love of my life died long time ago. i had moved and they tried to find me. but alas as God would have it I found my great human love his sprit sending me love and warm from where he was in spirit world. Today 35 years later I still recall that love. If you can't feel it then it was never there. 35 years later it is as strong and warm to me as it was when i was a perky young women with the world in mY future, AND NOT A CARE OR WORRY IN MY HEAD. Now I sit and remEmber. The tears flow frEELY these days. Not for what I lost but for what I once had. wHAT MADE OUR LOVE LAST? TO BE SLOW TO ANGER, QUICK TO FORGIVE, AND NEVER TO ASK WHY OR WHERE. fOR IF YU THINK KNOWING WILL FIX IT OR MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER THEN YOU HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING OF THE HUMAN FRAILTIES OF YOUTH AND UNWISE MEN AND WOMAN. I WANT TO REACH INTO HIS GRAVE AND EMBRACE HIM ONE MORE TIME. bUT i HAVE SEEN HIM SINCE HE DEPARTED AND HE SAID HE SHALL COME AGAIN. WHEN MY TIME COMES TO JOIN HIM HE WILL COME FOR ME. AND WITH GODS LOVE, GRACE, AND FORGIVENSS, GOD WILL GIVE ME THIS LOVE FOR ETERNITY. I STILL SO YEARN FOR. AND SO i WAIT........... THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME IN READING. JOI