The Parting Glass

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.

Sung by both Scots and Irish, this traditional song is often performed at the end of a gathering of friends (say, at a pub), but also at wakes. Think of the POV: it can be either from a person who is leaving the gathering … or from that of the corpse. You can hear “The Parting Glass” sung here  (it’s a pity the cameraperson couldn’t sit still sometimes, but it’s a lovely rendition by Glen Hansard).

A nice way to wind down your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, yes?

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2 thoughts on “The Parting Glass

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