Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Glass – “The Parting Glass”

 

A traditional song popular in Ireland and Scotland, “The Parting Glass” is sung at the end of a gathering of friends.  It is believed to have been known as early as 1605, when a portion of the first stanza was included in a farewell letter, but the first printed version did not appear until the 1770s.  Needless to say, “The Parting Glass”  has been recorded by many artists, and as with many traditional songs, the lyrics can vary between arrangements.

This arrangement is by The High Kings, an Irish folk group from Dublin.

 

Of all the money that 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 to you all

(Chorus)
So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Of all the comrades that e’er I had
They’re sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had
They’d wish me one more day to stay
But since it fell unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

 

Song Lyrics Sunday

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. My husband often sings this at the end of our social gatherings – he is not Irish but Jewish and a folk singer in his youth 🙂

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    1. The song’s message really is universal, isn’t it? I have been familiar with it for many years.

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  2. This one gets me every time. It is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

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