Wednesday, August 30, 2006

O' Donny Boy

I'm sure that both the Black Hammer and MC Abstract Douchipster will agree with me wholeheartedly on this, if you're ever having a day that's kind of down in the dumps and this song comes on, man you have just hopped on a one way train to sadness time station, transfers available to frownytown.

"A Song For You" by Donny Hathaway

Same thing goes for "Air from County Derry", or "Danny Boy" as it's known to most Americans. "Air from County Derry" is an old tune that has had literally of hundreds of different sets of lyrics written to it, for some reason "Danny Boy" has just emerged as the most famous. I recently found out that the words were written by an Englishman who never set foot in Ireland throughout the course of his life and I'd by lying if I said I wasn't pretty bummed by this news. Nevertheless, (always the more) he did somehow manage to write beautiful lyrics for this song.
I love that the one in the middle, Ciaran Nagle, looks like a bum, even in a tux.

"Danny Boy" by the Three Irish Tenors

Johnny Cash also does a version of this song on his fourth album with Rick Rubin and American records. I love Cash, so strongly it could make most heterosexual men uncomfortable, but I have to say I prefer the Irish Tenors doing this song. Something about Cash's growl just seems slightly ill-fitting for this tune. I'm sorry, Johnny.


Sal Paradise said...

the fact an englishman wrote that song is just wrong...even i will agree with that sentiment

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