Danny came over to old New York From Bandon town in the county Cork He got a room on the avenue in Woodside Queens And a job off the books doin' demolition He was kind of different than everyone else Oh he liked to hang out all by himself Didn't hit those bars in Sunnyside Queens Went straight into the Village to check out the scene
One day on the job the foreman said "Hey Danny Boy we think you're a fag With your ponytail and that ring in your ear Hey, we don't need no homos foulin' up the air" Danny just smiled and picked up a 2 by 4 And he split that jerk from his jaw to his ear Said "you can stick your job where the sun don't shine
But you're never gonna stop me bein' what I am, boy!" Then he met a man down in Sheridan Square They moved in together for a couple of years Said it was the happiest he'd ever been
Doin' what he wanted and livin' his dream We used to drink together down on Avenue be One gray dawn he confessed to me
"Love's the only thing that makes the world go round And I'm never gonna see another sunset over sweet Bandon town" Last time I saw Dan he was in a hospital bed Two tubes hangin' out the nose of his head But he smiled at me with them stone blue eyes And he said, "hey, how you doin', guy?
I'm history 'round here in a couple of weeks But I did what I wanted - I got no regrets So, when you think of me crack a beer and smile Hey, life's a bitch and then you die"
Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are callin' From glen to glen, and down the mountainside The summer's gone and all the flowers are dyin' 'Tis you, 'tis you, must go and I must bide
But come you back when summer's in the meadow Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow 'Tis I'll be there in sunshine or in shadow Oh Danny Boy, Oh Danny Boy, I love you so I love you so, Danny Boy, I love you so