Oh Danny Boy. What do the lyrics really mean?

“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
‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.”

My newest sweet romance full-length novel, Oh Danny Boy, is set in Ireland.

Danny Boy is one of the first songs that comes to mind when thinking or singing about Ireland. Ironically, this piece was written by Frederick Weatherly, a lawyer and lyricist, who was an Englishman!

No one knows the true meaning of the lyrics, although some thoughts are:

A girl saying goodbye to her sweetheart.
A young man leaving his homeland and parents behind.
Parents saying goodbye to their son and/or sending their son off to war.

What do you think the words to Oh Danny Boy mean?

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5 thoughts on “Oh Danny Boy. What do the lyrics really mean?”

  1. They play this song at every Irish funeral I’ve ever been to. It is sang as a send off to the person who has passed on. The pipes are calling them homeward to heaven.

  2. It sounds like her love has to go for some reason, and she will wait for him, but if she dies before he returns, she will wait for him in death-until he comes to her.

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