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Danny Boy
The Legend Of The Beloved Irish Ballad
By Malachy McCourt
Running Press
2002
141 Pages
ISBN:  0-7624-1124-4

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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

Everyone can hum this haunting Irish ballad that inevitably brings a tear to the eye. For all its popularity, the most requested "Irish" song and its origins still remain an enigma. Is it even Irish? Did the song initially grace the Irish countryside as teh winsome ballad of an itinerant piper, or did it first take form as a blind musician's bow danced across the strings of a fiddle? Travel with best-selling author Malachy McCourt on his journey for the truth as he interviews musicologists, historians, academics, celebrities, and Irish icons. Join the expedition and trace the complex evolution and enduring mystique of "Danny Boy" in an unforgettable tribute that brilliantly weaves history with folklore.

About the Author
Malachy McCourt was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Limerick, Ireland. He was a pioneer in talk radio and went on to have an illustrious career on stage, screen, and television. He lives in New York City. McCourt is the best-selling author of a Monk Swimming and Singing My Him Song.

Copyright 2002 0-7624-1224-4 Running Press Philadelphia, PA runningpress.com 141 pages