A Song That Makes Me Sad – A Londonderry Air/Danny Boy lyrics by Fredric Weatherly
According to Wikipedia, A Londonderry Air originated in Ireland and is the victory anthem of Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games. Who knew?
Danny Boy, the lyrics commonly sung with this tune, were written separately (I guess…detaaaaails).
First of all, it’s the actual tune that gets me. The first time I remember hearing this tune was as the music being played over the closing credits/highlights of the 1992 DCI Tournament (the same year that Santa Clara Vanguard did Fiddler on the Roof – which also makes me cry, but because it’s awesome). That particular arrangement, without the words, just brings me to tears everytime. It is just so damn sad of a tune. Freakin’ heartbreaking.
Then to add the Danny Boy lyrics to it – goodness:
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…
Thanks for making me cry Ireland!