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Parting Glass

Friday, 20 January 2012

Posted by Vale

My son told me that this is one of the songs he’d like at his funeral. If you’re impatient the singing starts at about 1.45s in:

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,
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.

There have been lots of versions – but he wants the Pogues. He’d approve of Shane’s solo version here though.

One comment on “Parting Glass

  1. Kathryn Edwards

    Monday 23rd January 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Vale, if your son really REALLY wants the Parting Glass, then surely the one pasted here is the definitive version?

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