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Traditional Irish Song

Recording - Celtic Aire

Public Domain, USAF

Melody - Londonderry Air

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

It's 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.

And when you come, and all the flow'rs 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, 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.

Adapted from 1913 lyrics by Frederick E. Weatherly

Activities to try:

1) Listen to this version by Celtic Aire

2) Listen to other versions and singalong

3) Listen to the backing track by Pennywill (link below) and follow the score

4) Prepare a version for voice(s)

5) Prepare a version for instrument(s).

With thanks to rjschmitt for the melody and suggested harmonies on Musecore (below)


Danny Boy by rjschmitt

Danny Boy sheet music version 1913

Fred. E. Weatherly, Boosey & co

Public Domain