Danny Boy - Chords, Lyrics and Origins
C C7 F Dm7
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 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
Go out and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.
And I will hear, tho' soft your tread above me
And then my grave will warm and sweeter be
For you shall bend and tell me that you love me
And I will sleep in peace until you come to me.
The words were written by the English lawyer, lyricist, entertainer and broadcaster Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929). The tune is called "Londonderry Air" (or just "Derry Air"). For more information, see this very interesting article.
The impossibly delicate version in the YouTube video is by Eva Cassidy.