Saint Patrick’s Day

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 Irish Washerwoman

Listen: Irish Washerwoman

Old Dan Tucker

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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

Danny Boy


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!

Danny Boy (The American Boy Choir)

1912 St. Patrick's Day postcard

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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

Christ be…

Words and Music by Stefan Van Voorst ©2008 Stefan Van Voorst Music

St. Patrick’s Breastplate


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