"Danny Boy" as written by and Traditional....
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 he 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 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.


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"Danny Boy" as written by Terry Rendall

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    General Commenti was Named after this song my ferst memmareys are of my mom singing it to me it stel mackes me criy to think about what thies man must of ben going threw wen he wrote it i love rock music more then anything but thers somthing in thies old celtic folk songs thate nothing els can ever be like
    highlander924on March 27, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationDanny Boy is a poignant poem of a parent whose son has just been called to serve in the military, and is desperately afraid that he will never see his son again. The pipes are CALLING, not merely playing; and they are calling FROM GLEN TO GLEN, not just the glen near Danny's home. The fact that Danny MUST GO and the parent MUST BIDE is directly related to the fact that the pipes are calling--and the only explanation is that the pipes are calling young men to war.
    The parent cannot accurately foretell the future, and in the first verse says that Danny may return home after the war in summer or winter--he doesn't know which season and at this time considers the possibility that they will be reunited on earth.
    In the second verse, the parent considers the possibility that they will never see each other again on earth. There are two possibilities: the parent could die before Danny returns, or Danny could die in the war--obviously the latter is more likely unless the parent is advanced in age or has an advanced disease. Why does the parent only consider the former possibility, especially since it has already established in the first verse that the parent cannot foretell the future. The parent obviously considers it poor taste to bring up the fact that Danny may die in the war: he wants Danny to fight with honor and courage and not fear death; yet the parent obviously knows the dangers of war. Being young, Danny probably takes a cavalier attitude toward his impending separation, but the parent nevertheless wants to impress upon Danny that they may never see each other again and projects his own death to add more gravity and meaning to their parting.
    mark2marieon September 14, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song, but who do you think would do it better, celtic thunder or celtic woman?
    i think it would be celtic thunder, the song is made for a masculine voice.
    celticgirl4on July 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPerfect, just pefect. Cheers!celticwomanconcerts.com/c/tour-dates-2016/
    Иринаon March 27, 2016   Link

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