Musings From A Musical Mind

Shawny Boy

I am listening to a recording of “Danny Boy” that I just made for a voice student – it is playing in the background as I write this.  I have always loved this poignant song written by a parent to their son – grown up and going off to war.

And though my son is not “going off to war” – he too has grown up – is graduating high school and soon will be “off” to his new adventures and life of his own.  I hope we have prepared him for the things that are bound to happen – outside of this home.  The things that you are never prepared for.  It’s called life.

And so if I could write a song with words of my own for this dear son of mine – who has been such a blessing to me I would rewrite it a bit – (with apologies to Fred Weatherly)

Oh Shawny Boy

Life – Oh Life is calling

From glen to glen

and down the mountain side

The Spring is here and all the roses blooming

It’s you – it’s you must go

and I must bide

But please come back

when summer’s in the meadow

and when the valley’s hushed with snow

And I’ll be here

In sunshine

Or in Shadow

Oh Shawny Boy

Oh Shawny Boy – I love you so

But when you come

and all the flowers are dying

And I am old

As old I well may be

You’ll come and find the place I’m living

And when visible will give your smiles to me

And I will hear you softly tread quite near me

And my home will warmer sweeter be

For you will bend and tell me

that you love me

And I will sleep in peace until you come back to me

Oh Shawny Boy

Oh Shawn Boy – I love you so


Comments on: "Shawny Boy" (2)

  1. He’s a good kid so he will be okay – I’m sure your daughter is too JoJo! It will be much quieter and neater here when he leaves home for good though! Greg and I are going to move to the country and get a dog! How’s that for a change?

  2. I know how you feel. My dd left home two years ago for college 1800 miles away. She’ll be coming home on the 15th for the summer only to go off to Russia as an exchange student for the semester and won’t be home for Thanksgiving. It’s tough being a parent. ;D

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