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O Danny Boy is one of the most well known and beloved Irish Songs. It's what folks refer to as an "old standard". O Danny Boy is popular world wide-sung by famous vocalists as well as around the family piano-or guitar in my case.

As I researched the old song I discovered some interesting facts:

* While the tune is indeed Irish-the words were written in England
* There are varying opinions about the origin of the tune-some believe its as old as the 1600s
* In about 1855 Jane Ross rediscovered the tune and passed it along too a collector of old Irish music, at that time the tune was called Londonderry Air
* Many songwriters tried to add words to the music but nothing seemed to fit the mournful tune
* In the 1800s the tune made it to America along with Irish immigrants
* About 1912 a Mrs. Weatherly heard the song in Colorado, she sent the music back to England to her brother-n-law who was a songwriter
* Mr. Weatherly had already penned the words to Danny Boy but had never found the right melody-now he had it
* When Mr. Weatherly put the old Irish tune to his words a hit that would last through the ages was created
* To read more about the fascinating story behind the song check out The Origin Of Danny Boy


I believe O Danny Boy appeals to so many people because the song evokes a strong emotion of longing for someone you love and miss-a truly common theme of mankind. For me personally, the song also transcends location-if I replace the word glen with hollow-I would swear someone from Appalachia wrote the words. In the same way, you could substitute glen and mountainside with hills, dunes, or whatever topography you live near-and feel as though it was written just down the road from you. When I think of the longevity of the song, it seems fitting that O Danny Boy started in Ireland hundreds of years ago, came to America, went to England and then on to the world.

I've featured the song in this week's Pickin' & Grinnin In The Kitchen Spot to hear the song go to Blind Pig & The Acorn.

I want to encourage you to jump over and watch the video-Paul sings the original 2nd verse- most performers leave it out. No matter how many times I hear the 2nd verse-I still get chills.

Tipper

p.s. Photos provided by RyanMcD

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