Danny Boy

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A sumptuous setting of the beloved Irish folk song, suitable for collegiate, high school, or adult men’s choirs.

Program Note

Frederic Weatherly, an English barrister and lyricist, penned the familiar words to Danny Boy, and set them to the old Irish tune Londonderry Air. It has become one of the most popular unofficial folk anthems in the world. This arrangement was composed for the 40th Anniversary of Seattle Pro Musica.

Text

Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling from glen to glen and down the mountainside.  The summer’s gone and all the flow’rs are dying, ’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 hush’d 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 if you come when all the flow’rs 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.

And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me, and all my dreams will warm and sweeter be, if you won’t fail to tell me that you love me, I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

O come ye back when summer’s in the meadow, or when the valley’s hush’d and white with snow. ‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow, oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy I love you so.
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