But come ye 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 you so.
And when ye come, and all the flow’rs are dying
If I am dead, as dead I well may be
Ye’ll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me.
And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me
And oh, my grave shall warmer, sweeter be
For ye will bend and tell me that you love me
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me
Weatherly gave the song to the vocalist Elsie Griffin, who made it one of the most popular songs in the new century.
The author later acknowledged that Danny Boy was sung “all over the world by Sinn Feiners and Ulstermen alike“, and also noted that the song had “nothing of the rebel song in it, and no note of bloodshed“.