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Posted By: Nigel Parsons
18-Sep-06 - 09:09 AM
Thread Name: 'Danny Boy' at Catholic funeral
Subject: RE: 'Danny Boy' at Catholic funeral
As to who is singing to Danny, I would go for the option of a lover. This Thread discusses the singer, and there I have added the alternate lyrics provided by the author (Fred Weatherly) to be used when sung by a man.
The fact that he intended 'Danny Boy' to be sung by a woman, or 'Eily Dear' to be sung by a man seems to make it clear that it is neither parental, nor filial love he was writing about.