Friday, May 06, 2011

[zebratrucks] The 2nd most beautiful song in the world


According to the internet, the song Danny Boy, is the most beautiful song of all time.  Internet users' enjoy many different versions of this song. Following is some information about this beloved tune.

Danny Boy


"Danny Boy"







Frederick Weatherly (Lyrics)

"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 especially the town of Limavady the home of Jane Ross who is credited with collecting the tune in the mid-19th century from a local fiddle player.

Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)

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The lyrics to "Danny Boy" were written by English lawyer and lyricist Frederic Weatherly in 1910. Although the lyrics were originally written for a different tune, Weatherly modified them to fit "Londonderry Air" in 1913, when his sister-in-law in America sent him a copy.[1] Ernestine Schumann-Heink made the first recording in 1915. Weatherly gave the song to the vocalist Elsie Griffin, who in turn made it one of the most popular songs in the new century.


Although penned by Englishman Weatherly, "Danny Boy" is considered to be an unofficial signature song and anthem, particularly by Irish Americans and Irish Canadians.[2]

"Danny Boy" enjoys popularity as a funeral song but, as it is not liturgical, its suitability for funerals is sometimes contested.[3] In 1928, Weatherly suggested that the second verse would provide a fitting requiem for the actress Ellen Terry.


There are various theories as to the true meaning of "Danny Boy".[4] Some listeners have interpreted the song to be a message from a parent to a son going off to war or leaving as part of the Irish diaspora. The 1918 version of the sheet music included alternative lyrics ("Eily Dear"), with the instructions that "when sung by a man, the words in italic should be used; the song then becomes "Eily Dear", so that "Danny Boy" is only to be sung by a lady". In spite of this, it is unclear whether this was Weatherly's intent, or simply a publisher's note; Weatherly did, however, acknowledge that "Danny Boy" was sung "all over the world by Sinn Feiners and Ulstermen alike", and noted that the song had "nothing of the rebel song in it, and no note of bloodshed".


(There are a number of variations on these lyrics.)


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 flowers 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 hushed 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 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.

And I shall 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.

And I shall rest in peace until you come to me.
Oh, Danny Boy, Oh, Danny Boy, I love you so.




"Danny Boy" has been recorded various times by a variety of artists. Several versions performed by notable artists are listed below in chronological order.



Album (or single)↓



Glenn Miller

Performed as part of the Carnegie Hall concert on October 6 and recorded and released on the RCA Victor label.


Gracie Fields

Shipyard Sally (soundtrack)

Also performed for Jess Yates's TV show Stars on Sunday in 1978.


Judy Garland

Little Nellie Kelly (1940) (soundtrack)

Miss Showbusiness (1955)

Also performed live during concerts at Theatre Royal, Dublin and Palace Theatre, New York shows. Her last recording of "Danny Boy" was in London, for Capitol-label The London Sessions, in 1962.


Bing Crosby

Merry Christmas

Paired with I'll Be Home for Christmas on the original record.


Al Hibbler

"Danny Boy"


Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

"Danny Boy"

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, England.


Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke


Sleepy Matsumoto

Instrumental saxophone rearrangement.


Conway Twitty

Rockabilly version that reached № 10 on the U.S. Pop charts.


Harry Belafonte

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall.


Link Wray



Jim Reeves

Album Tall Tales and Short Tempers (Slow Version)

"Danny Boy" (Single Version)


Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara Sings Her Favourite Irish Songs


Connie Francis

Connie Francis Sings Irish Favorites


Joe Feeney

Performed numerous times on The Lawrence Welk Show.


The Seekers

The Seekers (also known as Roving with The Seekers)


Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles

"Danny Boy"

Reached № 76 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Johnny Cash

Orange Blossom Special

Remastered and reissued in 2002.


The Bachelors

More Great Song Hits


Ray Price

Nashville-sound version that was a top-10 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart.



Jackson Highway


Tom Jones

Las Vegas to London: The Best of Tom Jones Live

Performed on the first episode of his weekly television show.


Roy Orbison



Les Humphries Singers

Kansas City

Featuring John Lawton (vox).


Joan Baez

Diamonds & Rust

Recorded as part of a medley, with Stephen Foster's "I Dream of Jeannie".


Elvis Presley

From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

Recorded during the Jungle Room Sessions, Graceland, Memphis, TN. The song was one of Elvis's and his father Vernon's favourites and was played at his funeral.



The Kelly Family

"Danny Boy"

Honest Workers


King's Singers

Watching the White Wheat

A cappella version.


Tony Bennett


Featuring Stan Getz on tenor sax, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums.


Brush Shiels

Fields of Athenry

Blues version.


Kate Smith

The Irish Album

Reissued in 1989.


Carly Simon

My Romance


The Swingle Singers

Around the World


My Friend The Chocolate Cake

My Friend The Chocolate Cake

Chamber pop version.

Reissued in 1995.


Nana Mouskouri

Songs of the British Isles


Mary O'Hara

Song for Ireland

Harp version.


Black 47

Home of the Brave

A variation that retains only the melody and one of the original verses.


Don Walser

Texas Top Hand

Dare To Dream (compilation)


Joseph Flummerfelt

Recorded at the Festival dei Due Mondi and featuring the Westminster Choir.


Eric Clapton

"Change the World"


Charlotte Church

Voice of an Angel


Diana Krall

Tears of Stone

Featuring The Chieftains.


Harry Connick Jr

Come By Me

Big-band version.

Featured in the movie Life Without Dick and Memphis Belle.


The Irish Tenors

Irish Tenors


Finbar Wright

Opera Concert


In popular culture







Brian Setzer Orchestra

The Great White Hype

Popular music

  • On The Beatles' 1970 final album Let It Be, at the end of the track "One After 909", John Lennon sings the (uncredited) opening of the song with altered, and unclear, lyrics spontaneously with absolutely no reason or provocation apparent.
  • 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".
  • Sung a cappella by Ruairí Kríostóir Clements (A.K.A.: Kris Clements), lead singer of the Seattle-based band Ockham's Razor. It appears on the group's 2007 self-titled album.







Helen Gallagher

Ryan's Hope (final episode, January 13, 1989)

Performed as Maeve Ryan.

  • In the Angel Season Three, Episode Seven episode "Offspring", Darla, played by Julie Benz, sings a short segment of the song.
  • Is sung by Carmine Ragusa (Eddie Mekka) on a 1978 episode of Laverne & Shirley. It occurs at the end of Season 3's Episode #15 ("The Slow Child"), during a St. Patrick's Day party.
  • Ray Carling sings this with Shaz Granger in episode 5 of the third series of Ashes to Ashes at a police fundraising gala. According to DI Bevan, he also used to regularly sing this in pubs.
  • Danny Boy, rendered in jazz style, was the theme song for the long running television show The Danny Thomas Show, also known as Make Room For Daddy, from 1953 to 1964.[7] (Thomas himself was of Lebanese ancestry.)
  • Sung by Jack Rudolph (Steven Weber) many times in the show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in the beginning of several of the scenes when he encounters Danny Tripp throughout the series. Rudolph also once sings the lead line as "Matty Boy" when he encounters Danny's partner, Matt Albie.
  • A recurring theme throughout The Adventures of Lano and Woodley, appearing as a jazz song and a campfire song, among others.
  • Sung by Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) on 3rd Rock from the Sun in the episode "Dick, Smoker."
  • Sung by James on Spin City in front of the Mayor and Janelle
  • In the Torchwood episode Random Shoes, Eugene's father sings the song at Eugene's funeral.
  • The song is a favorite of the character Bernard O'Toole, from Tekkaman Blade. The old soldier often sung it to himself, and D-Boy's support mecha, Pegas, ended up recording the song in his memory banks during his first appearance.
  • In the first series of Round the Twist, characters could hear unseen ghosts on clarinet, saxophone and violin perform part of the song in each episode. Eventually, a choral rendition by the entire cast in the series' climax brought forth the ghosts to save the show's lighthouse from being destroyed.
  • In the Futurama episode "A Pharaoh to Remember", Zoidberg sings this song at Bender's fake funeral, in order to "express his sorrow". Bender is angered by this because Zoidberg is singing a song about "some guy named Danny" instead of him.
  • Sung by a moat monster in an episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog, where Courage must defend a medicinal tree from getting cut down by Eustace.
  • In the OP for Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files, 'Danny Boy' is referenced in the lyrics.
  • Sung on the Frasier episode where Duke's bar was being closed.
  • The Simpsons Barney sings 'Danny Boy' during the episode Mommie Beerest where Moe's tavern is closed down.
  • Pig sings 'Danny Boy' many times during an episode of Barnyard in which he is to take part in a live Televised talent show
  • On The Muppet Show Beaker, Animal and The Swedish Chef (try to) sing it. The Chef sings in his usual mock-Swedish gibberish; Animal can only remember the first three words; Beaker performs the melody well, but in his usual "mee-mee-mee" speech.
  • In the fifth season of Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width (1970) Patrick's friends sing Danny Boy to him at his farewell do before his return to Ireland.
  • In the fourth season of "30 Rock" (2009) Danny Baker (played by Cheyenne Jackson) sings several lines of 'Danny Boy' to Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), but is interrupted when she gets a nose bleed. It is also briefly sung in season two's episode "Sandwich Day" by Jenna, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan), Kenneth (Jack McBrayer), Frank Rossitano (Judah Friedlander), Lutz (John Lutz) and a group of teamsters whom are all drunk.
  • In Episode 49 of MacGyver, titled "Fire and Ice" a man is singing "Danny Boy" in the men's shower room.
  • In an episode of Johnny Bravo, Johnny plays part of the song on a bagpipe to make the Loch Ness Monster cry.
  • In an episode of "Touched by an Angel" the angel Monica, played by actress Roma Downey, becomes envious of a child prodigy singer. Embittered that God had not actually given her the gift of "the voice of an angel", she drinks half a beer, becomes unruly, and tries to sing the song in Karaoke, executing it so poorly that it causes a fight and her supervising angel has to bail her out of jail.
  • In Episode 14 of Ugly Americans, titled "The Manbirds", the baby Manbird sings the first four lines of the song to his dying father in the ring, but his father does not understand him, and disowns him before he dies.
  • In the Japanese TV comedy Kodai Shoujotai Dogoon V, "Danny Boy" is a source of comfort for Shouta Tsukimiya; in episode 6, he plays it on the harmonica that Doji-chan finds in his keepsake box. In the series finale, Doji-chan attempts to play "Danny Boy" on Shouta's harmonica to bring him back to reality when he becomes possessed by a demon, and the episode ends with Shouta sitting in the altar room of his home playing the song as Doji-chan sits beside him, with Dogu-chan and the other Dogoon Five girls standing around the room.


  • Sung by boxer Barry McGuigan's father, Pat, before many of Barry's bouts.
  • In the video game Bioshock, the song starts playing when entering Frank Fontaine's apartment in Mercury Suites. The recording was sung by Mario Lanza.
  • In the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, Packie, an Irish American character, sings "Oh Danny Boy" while drunk.
  • In the video game Gran Turismo 5, a piano and violin version of the song is available for play in the menus, slideshows, and even races if players decide. The version was done without any lyrics and was done by Lang Lang.
  • The 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps from Revere, MA used "Danny Boy" as their closing number for many years, and many consider it their signature number.
  • In DC Comics series 52, it was sung by The Question as he is dying from his cancer on his hospital bed.
  • The song's lyrics are modified in the webcomic The Order of the Stick by the bard Elan, who sings it to Roy Greenhilt when he dies in the middle of a battle (changing it to "O Buddy Roy").


  • McCourt, Malachy (30 Mar 2005 (Reprint)). Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad. New American Library. pp. 128. ISBN 0-451-20806-4. 


1.      ^ "Fred Weatherly's own description of writing Danny Boy". Retrieved 2010-03-09. 

2.      ^ Hinnesbusch, Patricia D. "Irish Song Danny Boy Meaning and History of Irish Ballads." Symbol Meaning for Hundreds of Symbols & Symbol Resources. Living Arts Enterprises, LLC, 14 Sept. 2010.

3.      ^ No byline (2001-08-10), "'Danny Boy' cannot be played during Mass". National Catholic Reporter. 37 (36):11

4.      ^ "The true meaning of Danny Boy". Retrieved 2010-03-09. 

5.      ^ "Danny Boy Irish Song Lyrics and Music Midi". Danny Boy Song Lyrics. Site. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 

6.      ^

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


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