Danny Boy (F E Weatherly) MIDIs, videos
(Eily Dear)
#414: YouTube video by Sqid101
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~


Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountainside.
The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying
It's you, it's 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,
And I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow.
Oh Danny Boy, oh Danny Boy, I love you so.

And if you come when all the flowers are dying,
And 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.
But I will hear, tho' soft you tread above me,
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be,
If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me,
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

####.... Frederick E Weatherly, English lawyer and lyricist, 1910 ....####
This variant and the video above are from the singing of New Zealander Hayley Westenra [b.1987] from her 2007 album Celtic Treasures.

A variant was also recorded by Ryan's Fancy (A Time With Ryan's Fancy, trk#14, ©1979, Boot Records).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy

Danny Boy is a lament with lyrics originally written in 1910, and modified with a different tune by Frederick Weatherly, an English lawyer who never actually visited Ireland.

The first recording of Danny Boy was made in 1915 by celebrated operatic contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink [1861-1936]. Weatherly gave the song to classical soprano Elsie Griffin [1895-1989] who made it one of the most popular in the twentieth century. Weatherly suggested in 1928 that the second verse would provide a fitting requiem for the Shakespearean actress Dame Ellen Alice Terry [1848-1928].

Though the song is supposed to be a message from a woman to a man, Weatherly provided the alternative Eily Dear for male singers in his 1918 authorised lyrics. The song is actually sung by men as much as, or possibly more often than, by women. The song has been interpreted by some listeners as a message from a parent to a son going off to war or leaving as part of the worldwide Irish migration.

Although some view the above interpretation of Danny Boy as the true meaning, there is also another meaning. The lyrics were supposedly written by a father who lost his son, Danny. The phrase, the pipes, the pipes are calling, refers to the traditional bagpipes played at some funerals.

The song is widely considered an Irish anthem, and considered by many Irish-Americans and Irish-Canadians to be their unofficial signature song.

The video below features a 2011 performance by the Sirens of Sterling at the NY Renaissance Faire.

#1823: YouTube video by Kinravip
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~


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