Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Parting Glass (2006).

"The Parting Glass," a Scots/Irish traditional song, is referred to by some sources as a precursor to "Auld Lange Syne," and somehow fitting as we approach the end of another year. Thanks to my cousin Don Barry for introducing me to this music so long ago …

Of all the money e'er I had,
I spent it in good company.
And all the harm I've ever done,
Alas! it was to none but me.
And all I've done for want of wit
To mem'ry now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

Oh, all the comrades e'er I had,
They're sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts e'er I had,
They'd wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
That I should go and you should not,
Good night and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend,
And leisure time to sit awhile,
There is a fair maid in this town,
That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips,
I own she has my heart in thrall,
Then fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

1 comment:

Highwayman said...

Aye lad and here's to ye. Bottoms up!