Danny Boy (Black 47)

“Danny Boy” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Danny Boy” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Larry Kirwan.
Tune: Larry Kirwan.

Danny came over to old New York
From Bandon town in the county Cork.
He got a room on the avenue in Woodside, Queens,
And a job off the books doin’ demolition.
He was kind of diff’rent than ev’ryone else.
Oh, he liked to hang out all by himself.
Didn’t hit those bars in Sunnyside, Queens.
Went straight into the Village to check out the scene.

One day on the job, the foreman said,
“Hey, Danny Boy, we think you’re a fag
With your ponytail and that ring in your ear.
Hey, we don’t need no homos foulin’ up the air.”
Danny just smiled and picked up a two by four.
He split that jerk from his jaw to his ear.
Said, “You can stick your job where the sun don’t shine.
But you’re never gonna stop me bein’ what I am, boy!”

Then, he met a man down in Sheridan Square.
They moved in together for a couple of years.
Said it was the happiest he’d ever been,
Doin’ what he wanted, livin’ his dream.
We used to drink together down on Avenue B.
One gray dawn, he confessed to me,
“Love’s the only thing that makes the world go ’round,
And I’m never gonna see another sunset over sweet Bandon town.”

Last I saw Dan was in a hospital bed.
Two tubes hangin’ out the nose of his head.
He smiled at me with those stone blue eyes.
He said, “Hey, how you doin’, guy?
I am hist’ry ’round here in a couple of weeks.
I did what I wanted. I got no regrets.
So when you think of me, crack a beer and smile.
Hey, life’s a bitch and then you die!”

Oh, Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are callin’
From glen to glen and down the mountainside.
The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dyin’.
’Tis you, ’tis you, must go, and I must bide.
But come you back when summer’s in the meadow
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow.
’Tis I’ll be there in sunshine or in shadow.
Oh, Danny Boy, oh, Danny Boy, I love, I love you so.

I love you so. Danny Boy, I love you so.
I love you so. Danny Boy, I love you so.
I love you so. Danny Boy, I love you.

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