Sunday, March 26, 2017

Songs For Funerals - Danny Boy, A Popular Funeral Song

Danny boy is a popular song for funerals, perhaps one of the most popular. The English lawyer and lyricist Frederic Weatherly wrote the lyrics to "Danny Boy" in 1910. The melody was taken from "Londonerry Air". Jane Ross of Limavady is credited with collecting the melody from a local fiddle player in the middle of the nineteenth century. A song that speaks of the changing of the season, of sadness and departure, of remembrance and love, and ultimate reunion. The triumph of love over death. This is the reason why Danny Boy is such a popular funeral song. It is also a top Irish funeral song but is heard at memorial services outside Ireland. Lyrics accompany the song in this video.

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