Listen: Irish Washerwoman
Old Dan Tucker
Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man
Washed his face in a frying pan
Combed his hair with a wagon wheel
And died with a toothache in his heel.
So get out the way for Old Dan Tucker
He’s too late to get his supper
Supper is over and breakfast’s cookin’
Old Dan Tucker just stands there lookin’.
Listen: Old Dan Tucker
O 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 falling;
It’s you, it’s you must go and I must bide.
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 when ye come, and all the flow’rs are dying,
If I am dead, as dead I well may be.
Ye’ll come and find the place where I am lying,
And kneel and say an Ave there for me.
And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me;
And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be,
For you will bend and tell me that you love me;
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me!
St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Lyrics based on a prayer by St. Patrick. It is entitled St. Patrick’s Breastplate from the parts of the prayer asking for God’s protection.
St. Patrick is said to have written this prayer to strengthen himself with God’s protection as he prepared to confront and convert Loegaire, high king of Ireland.
Christ with me, before me
Behind me , within me
Above me, beneath me
Around me, throughout me
On my right and left
In length, and height, and breadth
With You I will not fear
Whether far or whether near
I arise today, Through a mighty strength
Following the One who showed the way
I’m alive today, Through Christ my strength
I’m following the One who showed the way
Uphold me and guide me
Look before me, speak for me
Protect me and guard me
Watch o’er me, come save me
In the heart of the ones who think of me
In the mouth of the ones who speak of me
Every eye that sees, Every ear that hears
Words and Music by Stefan Van Voorst ©2008 Stefan Van Voorst Music