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“Danny Boy”
Published 1913
Genre Ballad, Irish folk
Writer Frederick Weatherly (Lyrics)

"Danny Boy" is a song whose lyrics are set to the Irish tune "The Londonderry Air". The lyrics were originally written for a different tune in 1910 by Frederick Weatherly, an English lawyer who never actually visited Ireland, and modified to fit the Londonderry Air in 1913. The first recording was made by Ernestine Schumann-Heink in 1915. Weatherly gave the song to Elsie Griffin, who made it one of the most popular in the new century. Weatherly later suggested in 1928 that the second verse would provide a fitting requiem for the actress Ellen Terry. For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... Folk can refer to a number of different things: It can be short for folk music, or, for folksong, or, for folklore; it may be a word for a specific people, tribe, or nation, especially one of the Germanic peoples; it might even be a calque on the related German... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Frederick Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) was an English lawyer, author, songwriter and radio entertainer. ... H.O.P. on the Best Of Album cover House of Pain was an Irish-styled American hip-hop group who released three albums in the early to mid 90s before lead rapper Everlast decided to pursue his solo career again. ... MasterCard logo Manchaster Town Hall MC can mean: Mini Cooper: Macao: FIPS PUB 10-4 territory code Machine, (also m/c) Manchester, England (also m/c) Mariah Carey, American songstress Marginal cost Marin Catholic Master cylinder Master of Ceremonies Rapper (also emcee), or a prefix for the names of rappers... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Danny Boy or DB (b. ... Frederick Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) was an English lawyer, author, songwriter and radio entertainer. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Ernestine Schumann-Heink (15 June 1861 - 17 November 1936) was a well-known operatic contralto, noted for the great control, tone, beauty, and wide range of her singing. ... Elsie Griffin (December 6, 1895 – December 21, 1989) was an English opera singer, best known for her performances in the soprano roles of the Savoy Operas with the DOyly Carte Opera Company. ... Dame Ellen Terry, GBE (February 27, 1848 – July 21, 1928) was an English stage actress. ...

The song is widely considered an Irish anthem, and the tune is used as the anthem of Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games, even though the song's writer was not Irish, and the song was and is more popular outside Ireland than within. It is nonetheless widely considered by many Irish Americans and Irish Canadians to be their unofficial signature song. It is frequently included in the organ presentation at Irish-American funerals. Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... Current flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation Locations of the games, and participating countries Commonwealth Games Federation seal, adopted in 2001 The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. ... Irish Americans are residents or citizens of the United States who claim Irish ancestry. ... Irish Canadians are people of Irish descent living in Canada or born as native Canadians. ...

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 authorized lyrics),[1] 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 Irish diaspora. The song has sent off many fallen fire-fighters, and is a standard with many fire department bands. // The Irish diaspora consists of Irish emigrants and their descendants in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and states of the Caribbean and continental Europe. ...



Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountainside.
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 there 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'm dead, as dead I well may be.
Ye'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an Ave there for me.
And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me,
And o'er my grave will warmer, sweeter be,
For you will bend and tell me that you love me,
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me.


  • The Flying J Wranglers recorded the song as part of a medley, pairing it with "America the Beautiful" on their album ' Cowboy Dreamin' '
  • Black 47 for their 1994 album Home of the Brave, a rather different version, only retaining the melody and one of the original verses.
  • Joan Baez recorded the song as part of a medley, pairing it with Stephen Foster's "I Dream of Jeannie", on her 1975 album Diamonds & Rust
  • The Seekers recorded it on their first UK album (1964) The Seekers (also known as Roving with The Seekers)
  • Harry Belafonte recorded a version
  • Brobdingnagian Bards recorded it for their album Songs of Ireland (2002, Mage Records)
  • Marc Gunn parodied the song about his cats for his album Whiskers in the Jar: Irish Songs for Cat Lovers (2008, Mage Records)
  • Tony Bennett recorded this, released on the 1987 Columbia CD, Jazz, with Stan Getz on tenor sax, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums.
  • Stian Carstensen (button accordion) and Iain Ballamy (tenor saxophone) Jazz duo, recorded a version in which their instruments metamorphose into the sound of an accordion on the album The Little Radio
  • Johnny Cash on American IV: The Man Comes Around. Cash recorded an earlier version of this song on his 1965 album Orange Blossom Special remastered in 2002.
  • Eva Cassidy recorded a performance of the song on the album Imagine (2002)
  • Celtic Woman on their New Journey CD, 2005, EMI-Manhattan Records
  • Cher recorded it in 1969 on her Jackson Highway album
  • Charlotte Church, Welsh singer, recorded the song on her Voice of an Angel album (1999, Sony)
  • The Choirboys (boyband) recorded the song on their album 'The Choirboys' (2005, Universal)
  • Eric Clapton recorded an instrumental version of this song.
  • Judy Collins sang it at her Live at Wolf Trap concert (released on DVD/CD in 2000)
  • Harry Connick Jr's 1999 big-band record Come By Me has a voice and piano take on this song Harry Connick Jr's character Daniel sings Danny Boy at a talent show in the movie Life Without Dick. As a cast member in the 1990 World War II aviation film Memphis Belle he sings the song at a dance. It becomes the principal music theme of the film, particularly prominent in the harrowing ending and the end credits.
  • Sam Cooke recorded it on his Sam Cooke album on Keen Records (1958)
  • Bing Crosby recorded it for his Top O' the Morning album (re-released 1996, MCA)
  • Dennis Day, Irish tenor sang it several times as a regular on the Jack Benny television program
  • Buddy Emmons, Pedal Steel Guitarist on "Buddy Emmons" Emmons Guitar Co ELP #1001(+/-1967) with Bill Pursell on piano, Chuck Sanders on bass, Marty Allred on drums
  • Bill Evans (jazz pianist) recorded solo and trio renditions of the tune (Londonderry Air) in 1962. The trio version was released at the time on the LP "Empathy"; the solo version was unreleased for many years, finally appearing on the album Time Remembered and on Bill Evans: The Complete Riverside Recordings.
  • Joe Feeney, Irish tenor, performed the song numerous times, both on The Lawrence Welk Show and in a 1964 recording
  • Tommy Fleming recorded it on his Contender album.
  • Joseph Flummerfelt arranged, conducted and recorded this piece with the Westminster Choir for the Spoleto Festival USA (Gothic Records inc. 1996)
  • Connie Francis on her Connie Francis Sings Irish Favorites album (1962, MGM)
  • Declan Galbraith The opening track on the eponymous debut album by the young British singer.
  • Helen Gallagher performed the song as her character Maeve Ryan, on the final episode of the ABC-TV soap opera Ryan's Hope on January 13, 1989
  • James Galway recorded a flute rendition of the song with The Chieftains and the National Philharmonic Orchestra on his 1987 RCA Records album James Galway And The Chieftains In Ireland.
  • Judy Garland recorded it several times, once for her film Little Nellie Kelly (1940) MGM Records and again for her Miss Showbusiness album (1955, Capitol Records) and sang it live during her concerts in Dublin's famed Theatre Royal and at her now legendary New York Palace Theatre show. Her last recording of the song was in 1962 in London, for The London Sessions album again on the (Capitol) label.
  • Percy Grainger's setting of this tune (Londonderry Air) for wind orchestra was released on the British label Chandos as part of its series of the complete works of that composer
  • Great Big Sea recorded it for their live concert DVD Courage & Patience & Grit (2006)
  • Ted Greene on his "Solo Guitar" album
  • House of Pain Hip hop Irish-American band on their Homonym album. "Danny Boy" is also the stage name of a member of this group.
  • Les Humphries Singers recorded song on the album Kansas City in 1974 with John Lawton on vocals.
  • Irish Tenors, group comprising Ronan Tynan, John McDermott and Anthony Kearns, recorded it on the Irish Tenors CD, Music Matters (1999)
  • Keith Jarrett Appears as extra track on his Tokyo Solo DVD.
  • Daniel Johns from Silverchair and Bernard Fanning from Powderfinger recorded a duet version of this song in 2007.
  • Hank Jones (piano) and bass player Charlie Haden recorded a gently swinging instrumental version in 1994 on their album "Steal Away".
  • Tom Jones sang it on the first episode of his weekly television show (February 1969) and recorded it on Las Vegas to London, the Best of Tom Jones Live CD on the Spectrum label (1999).
  • The Kelly Family recorded their first single called Danny Boy in 1979. In 1991 they put the song also on their album Honest Workers.
  • Brian Kennedy, recorded it on his Live in Belfast CD on Curb Records (2004)
  • Seamus Kennedy recorded this song, prefaced with a number of partial variations, on "By Popular Demand, Vol 1" (Gransha, 1993)
  • The King's Singers, a cappella version on the album Watching the White Wheat (1985)
  • Diana Krall performed the song with The Chieftains on their album Tears of Stone (1999 RCA)
  • Damien Leith, winner of Australian Idol 2006, featured an acoustic version of his homeland's traditional song on his debut album, Where We Land (2007 Sony BMG). The version also features Leith on guitar and was originally recorded for a fan. Also recorded a raw version on his latest album Where We Land (2007)
  • Josef Locke recorded it numerous times throughout his career (available on several reissued CDs) .
  • Natalie MacMaster, Cape Breton fiddler, on her Yours Truly album (2006) with vocals by Michael McDonald
  • John McDermott Irish-/Scottish-Canadian vocalist. Performs during every performance.
  • Glenn Miller did an instrumental version (Londonderry Air) in 1940
  • Mireille Mathieu, (French singer) recorded the French version titled L'enfant De L'Irlande on her Amoureusement Votre 3 CD box set on EMI/Virgin Records (2002)
  • Megan Mullally (Karen of Will and Grace) recorded it on her album Big as a Berry.
  • Ruby Murray on her When Irish Eyes Are Smiling album in the late Sixties (re-released 1997)
  • My Friend The Chocolate Cake recorded a chamber pop version for their 1991 album My Friend The Chocolate Cake (re-released 1995)
  • Willie Nelson on One From the Road (released in 1979; re-released on a compilation Stardust/Honeysuckle Rose/One From The Road)
  • Sinéad O'Connor performed the song, adding a third (political) verse, on whistler and piper Davy Spillane's album The Sea of Dreams
  • Daniel O'Donnell, most recently in 2006 on Greatest Hits CD on the DPTV Media label.
  • Off Kilter Celtic-rock band on their Etched in Stone CD 2001.
  • Mary O'Hara, Irish singer and harpist recorded it on her Song for Ireland CD on the Shanachie label (1993)
  • Maureen O'Hara Irish actress recorded it on her Maureen O'Hara Sings her Favourite Irish Songs album (1962, Columbia Records)
  • G4 on their Act 3 CD (2006, White Rabbit)
  • Roy Orbison on his 1972 Memphis album
  • Korla Pandit. Appears on the compilation Remembering Korla Pandit .
  • Frank Patterson, recorded the song for his album Ireland in Song. His voice is heard during a scene in the movie Miller's Crossing by Joel and Ethan Coen.
  • Elvis Presley recorded the song in 1976 during the Jungle Room Sessions at Graceland in Memphis, TN. The master take is available on From Elvis Presley Boulevard. Other takes are available on The Jungle Room Sessions and Platinum. The song was noted as one of his favourite songs and was played at his funeral. Elvis said it was his father Vernon's favourite song.
  • The Pogues on the soundtrack Straight to Hell, with Cait O'Riordan on vocals. Pogues frontman Shane Macgowan also recorded a version of the song with his solo band The Popes which appeared on their "Christmas Party E.P."
  • The Poxy Boggards on Whiskey Business (2006)
  • Ray Price had a top 10 hit on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart in 1967, and is an example of his Nashville Sound output
  • Quartetto Gelato twice, first on their debut CD Quartetto Gelato and again on Quartetto Gelato Travels the Orient Express
  • Thomas Quasthoff on his 2006 album A Romantic Songbook
  • Carmel Quinn recorded it live on her Carmel Quinn at Carnegie Hall album (1970 Columbia/EMI )
  • Jim Reeves recorded it twice, A slow version for the Album Tall Tales and Short Tempers in 1960 and in 1961 he recorded a version that was released as a single. He always closed his shows with the song.
  • Eli Reichenbach recorded a popular parody of this song about Dylan Terry entitled Terry Boy.
  • Paul Robeson recorded it in Ballad for Americans and Great Songs of Faith, Love and Patriotism. Vanguard Records.
  • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: 13.07.1958 Abbey Road Studios, London, England
  • Deirdre Shannon's version returns it to its simple best on her album Deirdre Shannon
  • Brush Shiels, Irish rocker, performs a bluesy version on his album Fields Of Athenry (1988)
  • Carly Simon recorded it for her 1990 album My Romance
  • The Swingle Singers recorded the song for their 1991 album of folk songs, Around the World.
  • Bryn Terfel on his album titled Bryn Terfel Sings Favourites (2003), reissued as Bryn double CD Special Edition (2005)
  • Thin Lizzy included it in a medley of Irish tunes as part of the title track on their Black Rose: A Rock Legend album in 1979. Under the name of "Funky Junction", Thin Lizzy had previously recorded an instrumental version, titled "Dan", on their Tribute to Deep Purple album in 1972.
  • Conway Twitty recorded a rockabilly version
  • Maureen Tucker of The Velvet Underground recorded it for her album Dogs Under Stress
  • Ronan Tynan's solo rendition plays while photographs of several of the New York City firefighters who perished in the September 11, 2001 attacks are shown in the closing minutes of the documentary film 9/11
  • Kiri Te Kanawa on her folksongs album Come To The Fair.
  • Sarah Vaughan, recorded it on her album It's A Man's World (original release: Mercury Stereo SR 611220; released as an audio CD on Verve label in April 2002)
  • Don Walser recorded a particularly chilling version on Texas Top Hand (1996); it's also included on Walser's best-of compilation, Dare To Dream.
  • Andy Williams recorded it on his Danny Boy album re-released as Andy Williams-Danny Boy/Wonderful World 2 CD set on the Collectible label (2002)
  • Wolfe Tones recorded it live on their Wolfe Tones The Troubles 2 CD set.
  • Ben Webster, swing-era tenor saxophonist, recorded an instrumental version in 1953 for his Lp "King of the Tenors".
  • Hayley Westenra's 2007 UK album Treasure and the international counterpart Celtic Treasure include her rendition of the song.
  • Jackie Wilson recorded two different versions. It was his mother's favorite song.
  • Link Wray recorded a version of this song in 1960.
  • Chet Atkins recorded an instrumental version (Londonderry Air), most recently available on The Essential Chet Atkins.

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  • On The Beatles' 1970 final album Let It Be, at the end of the track "One After 909", John Lennon plays the (uncredited) opening of the song with the altered lyrics "Oh, Danny Boy, the Old Savannah calling...".
  • In his faustian 1994 song "The Man Who Wrote Danny Boy", Joe Jackson implies that the author of "Danny Boy" created an immortal "perfect refrain".
  • Mentioned in the lyrics of Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping".
  • Canadian Idol 2006 runner-up Craig Sharpe performed the song during the program and included a version on his February 2007 debut CD I Am

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  • Another well-known name for this song is "Fantasy on an Irish Air".
  • The 27th Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps used the piece to close out their competitive shows from 1971 to 1983 (excepting 1974 and 1978)
  • Sung by The Question after his return to Hub City and as he lay dying in DC Comics 52. Was also sung during his first return to Hub City, after he was almost killed by the Reverand Hatch's gang, he made a comment 'We dump him in the river, then if he arises singing Danny Boy I shall give him whatever he wants.'.
  • Sung by comedian Peter Kay (who also invites the audience to join in with him) at the end of Live at the Bolton Albert Halls.
  • Appears as a licensed track in the video game Bioshock.
  • Sung by boxer Barry McGuigan's father, Pat, before many of Barry's bouts.
  • 'Battle of Danny Boy' A Iraqi insurgent checkpoint ambush against the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment [2] where bayoneting was used for the first time since the Falklands war[[3] a local Iraqi doctor confused the bayoneting with post battle 'abuse'.[4]

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  • Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad ISBN 0-451-20806-4 by Malachy McCourt

Malachy McCourt during a 2006 CNN interview Malachy McCourt (born September 20, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York) was the 2006 Green party candidate for governor in New York State, losing to the Democratic candidate Eliot Spitzer. ...


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  2. ^ Classic TV, ISBN 0-7935-4762-8, 1996, published by Hal Leonard Corporation

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