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Danny Boy

4.5 / 5

Words & Music: Frederic Weatherly

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen and down the mountain side
The summer's gone and all the roses dying
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bye

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
And I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy I love you so

But if he come and all the roses dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
He'll come here and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an ava there for me

And I shall feel, oh soft you tread above me
And then my grave will richer, sweeter be
For you will bend and tell me that you love me
And I shall rest in peace until you come to me

Recordingdate: 1976/02/05, first released on: From Elvis Presley Boulevard (album)


Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Danny Boy:

(electric piano)


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Elvisonmymind wrote on July 23, 2008
This song is definitely on my list for the funeral ceremony. Listen to the version of Platinum (the one Elvis play himself only with no background voices): beautiful! Unfortunately, this version makes clear that Elvis was weary of life.
derekd wrote on March 13, 2009
My late grandmothers fav song, long before Elvis recorded it. He was still in his rockin days when she passed away, but i know she'd liked his version. Comin from Northern Ireland this is a track close to my heart. Well done Elvis.
Pedro Nuno wrote on March 13, 2009
The Studio version was a completely forgettable song for me, during years. But then it come the Tucson 76 FTD album. And I was truly amazed by that live performance. It lead me, again to the studio version, and now I found booth performances fantastic and heart full.
Colonel wrote on March 13, 2009
One of Elvis' most impressive studio-recordings. Absolutely brilliant.
Ton Bruins wrote on March 13, 2009
The ultimate version for me is the one on the FTD release "Tucson 76" !
old shep wrote on March 13, 2009
I can understand that the sentiments of this song mean a lot to some people but it's not one of my favourites art all.
Rob Wanders wrote on June 02, 2009
Elvis did a great job on this song. A song he sung throughout his whole life. Very touching
Swen wrote on June 02, 2009
CLASSIC treatment of a CLASSIC!
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on June 02, 2009
Not a song that I like, sung by anyone !
Natha wrote on June 02, 2009
Apart from the sentiment that was perfectly transmitted to the heart of the listener, this song has all the flavors of how his voice developed. It is so full of power that is sometimes hard not to push the rewind button. One of the songs my guests always love. Whatever their personal ideas of music are.
Lex wrote on June 02, 2009
The ultimate version is on Live In Las Vegas, but that is a Tom Jones CD. Well, Elvis version is okay too, certainly for a 1976 recording.
Steve V wrote on June 02, 2009
Tom Jones & Jackie Wilson put Elvis to shame on this one. If Elvis did this in 1960-61 it could have been spectacular.
NONE000000 wrote on June 02, 2009
There's a lot of mixed reviews of this one! I personally love this one and it might even be one of my all-time favorites--like in my Elvis top ten (Alongside "If I Can Dream" and "Such a Night"...mine is a pretty varied list). I'm not sure why this particular song really appeals to me, but it does. In fact it damn near makes me cry there at the end when Elvis hits the high note. There have been 100s of versions, and I like most of them (not so much the uptempo ones though), but Elvis' is far and away my favorite. Perhaps because he himself was so near the end of his own life when he sang it, like "My Way", it takes on more gravity than it otherwise might. With a lot of Elvis' last songs, I find it hard to separate artist from art, so even when a recording might not be technically perfect, the feeling goes the extra mile. (Sort of like Van Gogh's last painting--showing black birds, or crows, flying towards you over a yellow field. Allegedly he finished this painting after he'd poisoned himself, but before he died. It gives the painting a lot more depth knowing that. And some of those really sad depressing songs Elvis sang in the months before August 1977 have greater impact because the end was near. To me anyway...)
bajo wrote on June 02, 2009
I never paid attention to the song untill I heard Elvis' version. And again I thought when I first heard it: He did it again! That's simply why I love Elvis! His way of doing them! Power may be one thing, but the soul, that real feel and input! Great!
dgirl wrote on June 03, 2009
Tough for me to listen to as Elvis sounds sick, having breath control problems, and just plain tired. That whole LP is like that for me. The outtake on Jungle Roon is even more dire. He needed rest so badly.
Deano1 wrote on February 27, 2010
Wow! To see a mixed review of this one is in a word...puzzling. An absolute gem from the album "From Elvis Presley Boulevard...". Elvis sound powerful, yet at the same time restrained and not the least bit tired. Lilting over the lyrics as only he could do in some places and bursting into almost operatic notes in other places. When he sobs over over the line "for you will bend and tell me that you love me" it gives me cold chills. 5 stars all the way and in my top 10 of all time.
Monster wrote on March 30, 2011
Not what I would have hoped for from Elvis on this one. He is not in great voice at all. A beautiful song given a less than sterling effort from Elvis and the band here. The army version is much easier to listen to. People may be sick of hearing Tom Jones' name mentioned on this forum from time to time but he really does have a killer version on his 1969 vegas album - a vocal tour de force. It's a very bluesy arrangement a la Jackie Wilson and if you prefer your traditional ballads sung straight then maybe Elvis's version would work for you.
Great Dane wrote on March 30, 2011
Pity that some people make their judgments only because they see the date. The fact is that his was voice was at his best in the 70's and you can hear it here,not tired or whatsoever at all. 5 stars for this beauty.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 26, 2012
This is such a brilliant and unique song and Elvis easily has the very best renditions of it. This is by far one of the very best songs that's ever been written.
sugartummy wrote on March 01, 2013
I have two studio versions of this song and I adore them both. Although people who know claim that his voice was not great in the end, I was never able to hear that. I think he sounds just wonderful and very moving. Bravo Elvis, I love you.
Gorse wrote on June 04, 2013
The voice sounds good to me, full of richness, soul and inner feeling, Yes I think there is a propensity to look at the year and have the critical daggers ready to strike. A 5 star performance from me that tugs at my heartstrings.
shawnrw wrote on January 04, 2014
Excellent version of the all-time Irish ballad. Emotional and heartfelt, but sorry Elvis world the all-time best version of this comes from Jackie Wilson. Wilson and Elvis knew each other well and I understand had great admiration for each other. I don't think it would have bothered Elvis to bow to Jackie on this one, he rarely had to do that on anything. However, Elvis's version is still grade A.
kink56 wrote on April 18, 2014
One of the few post 1970 performances I like. When people tell me they do not like Elvis, this is the track I play for them and they are blown away.
jwedwards835 wrote on October 25, 2014
A instant classic! I give it the same amount of stars that are in the heavens.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on October 25, 2014
Much prefer "Danny" from King Creole or what should have been.
JerryNodak wrote on December 09, 2018
An impassioned performance. Elvis gives it his all. Elvis bears his soul on the EP Blvd LP. Song and LP 4 stars.
Milky White Way wrote on May 08, 2021
This song was recorded only two months after his incredible Dec 75 Vegas season. Yet it has the date 76 so therefore it must be bad! No way is his voice poorer at this time. Just listen to all the live versions of hurt. Elvis gives this song his heart, soul and incredible talent. What an artist. 5 stats
Steve V wrote on October 23, 2022
Never cared for this or the Blvd album in general. I'll take Jackie Wilson's version any day
Mystery Train wrote on October 23, 2022
A very good effort from Elvis. I always loved this song and he does it justice. That said, Danny Boy as sung by Jackie Wilson has to be one of the most phenomenal vocal performances of all time. As someone else said, they were friends and I've no doubt Elvis loved Jackie's version.
bluesboy wrote on October 23, 2022
Jackie Wilson's vocal is phenomenal, out of this world, but Elvis' rendition is much closer to the essence of the song. His vocal, breath control, phrasing are all perfect. 5 stars.
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