Favorites Friday: Irish Songs

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, and that has me thinking about what would be appropriately themed for the holiday.  I hit on songs.  I’ve had a few Irish CDs for as long as I can remember, the Irish Rovers and that sort.  There’s a particular flavor to traditional Irish songs: they’re usually about death or drinking, and despite that, they’re usually cheerful!

They also frequently tell a story, which may be one reason I enjoy them.  I am, after all, all about stories.  🙂

Links go to versions you can hear on YouTube; I won’t swear they’re the best renditions, but they’re what I could find, and should give you a good idea of the song if you’re curious.

The Whistling Gypsy Rover” is an unusually cheerful one–no death, just a girl who runs off with a rover, and even though her father goes in pursuit it ultimately ends happily.

The Minstrel Boy” is an unusually sad one, not only about a sad subject but also with a sad melody.  It’s an inspiring song, though, about a boy who goes to war and remains defiant even when captured.

The Wild Colonial Boy” is one of the most story-driven, about Jack Duggan who leaves Ireland to be an outlaw in Australia, and is eventually chased down by a group of lawmen in a final stand-off.

The Unicorn” is a fable about all the animals Noah loaded into the ark, but the unicorns were having too much fun splashing about to come–“and that’s why you’ve never seen a unicorn, to this very day.”

The Orange and the Green” is a light-hearted song about a serious subject.  The singer’s father is Orange (Protestant) and his mother is Green (Catholic) and he’s been caught all his life between “this awful color problem of the Orange and the Green.”

Anyone else with favorite Irish songs?  Or any good St. Patrick’s Day plans? 🙂

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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2 Responses to Favorites Friday: Irish Songs

  1. dianem57 says:

    There’s always “Danny Boy,” which can be really beautiful and touching if done right, or incredibly maudlin if done wrong! That’s probably the single most famous Irish song.

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