Danny Boy is an important song for Irish Americans and Irish Canadians. It's sung on St. Patrick's Day, sometimes at funerals and also on other occasions.
St. Patrick's Day Song
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 when you 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 shall warm and sweeter be
For you will bend and tell me that you love me
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me.
Written by Englishman Frederic Weatherly and set to the tune of "Londonderry Air".
There are slightly different versions of Danny Boy.