Boy" is a ballad written by English songwriter Frederic Weatherly and usually set to the Irish tune of the "Londonderry Air". It is most closely associated with Irish communities.
Although initially written to a tune
other than "Londonderry Air", the words to "Danny Boy" were penned by English lawyer and lyricist Frederic Weatherly in Bath, Somerset in 1910. After his Irish-born sister-in-law Margaret in the United States sent him a copy of "Londonderry
Air" in 1913. Weatherly modified the lyrics of "Danny Boy" to fit the rhyme and meter of "Londonderry
Weatherly gave the song to the vocalist Elsie Griffin, who made it one of the most popular songs in the new century; and, in 1915, Ernestine Schumann-Heink produced the first recording of "Danny Boy".
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 must go and I must bide.
ye back when summer's in the meadow,
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow,
And I'll be
here in sunshine or in shadow,
Oh, Danny Boy, oh Danny Boy, I love you so!
But when ye come, and all the flowers 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 will warmer, sweeter be,
For you will bend and tell me that you
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me!