Words & Music by: Frederic Weatherly (1848-1929)
"Danny Boy" is a ballad written by Frederic Weatherly and usually set to the tune of the "Londonderry Air". It is most closely associated with Irish communities.
Although penned by Englishman Weatherly, "Danny Boy" is considered to be an unofficial signature song and anthem, particularly by Irish Americans and Irish Canadians.
Weatherly in 1895
Frederic Edward Weatherly (4 October 1848 – 7 September 1929) was an English lawyer, author, lyricist and broadcaster. He is estimated to have written the lyrics to at least 3,000 popular songs, among the best-known of which are the sentimental ballad Danny Boy set to the tune Londonderry Air, the religious "The Holy City", and the wartime song "Roses of Picardy".
LYRICS: Danny Boy
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. 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. It's I'll be here, in sunshine or in shadow, Oh, Danny boy, oh, Danny boy, I love you so.
But when ye come, and all the flow'rs are dying. If I am 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, all my grave shall 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. Oh, Danny Boy, Oh, Danny Boy, I love you so