9 Irish Songs to Get You in the St. Patrick's Day Spirit
Danny Boy, a ballad set to a traditional Irish tune, is one of the most popular songs for St. Patrick’s Day. It was written in 1910 and is considered the national anthem of Northern Ireland.
Danny Boy Lyrics:
Oh, Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling, from glen to glen and down the mountainside. The summer's gone and all the leaves are falling, 'tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide. But come ye back, when summer's in the meadow, and all 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 flowers are dying, if I be dead, as dead I well may be. Then come and find the place where I am lying, and kneel and say an "Ave" there for me. And I shall hear, though soft your tread above me, and o'er my grave will warmer, sweeter be. And if you bend, and tell me that you love me, then I shall rest in peace until you come to me.
I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
This song dates back to 1927, and was written about the lucky symbol of the four-leaf clover. We think it's one of the best St. Patrick's Day songs. Check out these fun facts about four-leaf clovers to learn more.
I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover Lyrics:
I'm looking over a four-leaf clover that I overlooked before. One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain, third is the roses that grow in the lane.
No need explaining the one remaining is somebody I adore. I'm looking over a four-leaf clover that I overlooked before!
The second verse of Irish Lullaby is simple and an easy St. Patrick's Day song for preschoolers and kids to learn. Sing it before your at-home St. Patrick's Day celebration.
Irish Lullaby Lyrics:
Over in Killarney, many years ago, me mother sang a song to me in tones so sweet and low.
Just a simple little ditty, in her good old Irish way. And I'd give the world if she could sing that song to me this day. Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, too-ra-loo-ra-li. Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, hush now don't you cry!
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, too-ra-loo-ra-li. Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, that's an Irish lullaby.
Galway Bay is off of the west coast of Ireland and has numerous pop culture references, including Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl and this timeless classic about the beauty of the Irish landscape. We're sharing the lyrics to the classic Galway Bay song right here. Are you feeling connected to your Irish roots, yet?
Galway Bay Lyrics:
If you ever go across the sea to Ireland, Then maybe at the closing of your day, You will sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh, And see the sun go down on Galway Bay.
And if there's to be a life hereafter And somehow I'm sure there's going to be, I will ask my God to let me make my heaven, In that dear land across the Irish sea.
Just to hear again the ripple of the trout stream and the women in the meadows making hay, to sit beside the turf fire in the cabin and watch the barefoot gossams at their play.
For the breezes blowin' o'er the sea from Ireland are perfumed by the heather as they blow And the women in the upland diggin' tatties speak a language that the strangers do not know.
For the stangers came and tried to teach us their way. They scorned us just for bein' what we are. But they might as well go chasin' after moonbeams or light a penny candle from a star.
And if there's to be a life hereafter, And somehow I'm sure there's going to be, I will ask my God to let me make my heaven, in that dear land across the Irish sea.
A Great Day for the Irish
This is an Irish-American song that was popularized when Judy Garland sang it on her European tour. This has turned into a must-have song at St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. If you're hosting a virtual St. Patrick's Day Zoom call, send the lyrics to your friends before it starts.
A Great Day for the Irish Lyrics:
It's a Great Day for the Irish, it's a great day for the fair! The sidewalks of New York are thick with blarney, for sure you'd think New York was ol' Killarney!
It's a great day for the shamrock, for the flags in full array. We're feeling so inspirish, sure because for all the Irish, it's a Great, Great, DAY!
A Little Bit of Heaven
This song tells the mythical story of how Ireland came to be, which makes it a perfect tune to sing when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. As you can tell from the song's title, it's said that Ireland was made from a piece of heaven that fell from the sky.
A Little Bit of Heaven Lyrics:
Sure, a little bit o' Heaven fell from out of the sky one day, and nestled on the ocean in a spot so far away. And the angels found it, sure it looked so sweet and fair. They said suppose we leave it, for it looks so peaceful there!
So they sprinkled it with stardust just to make the shamrocks grow. 'Tis the only place you'll find them, no matter where you go. Then they dotted it with silver, to make its lakes so grand, and when they had it finished sure they called it IRELAND!
My Wild Irish Rose
This song was written by Chauncey Olcott, the same author of "When Irish Eyes are Smiling." It was inspired by a family story set in Olcott’s mother’s hometown in Ireland.
My Wild Irish Rose Lyrics:
My wild Irish rose, the sweetest flower that grows. You may search everywhere, but none can compare with my wild Irish rose.
My Wild Irish Rose, the dearest flower that grows. And someday for my sake, she may let me take, the bloom from my wild Irish rose.
Peg o' My Heart
Peg o’ My Heart was written in 1912 by Alfred Bryan and was based on a musical comedy by the same name. While it was first performed in New York City, the song has long been associated with St. Patrick's Day because of the Irish connections in the musical.
Peg o' My Heart Lyrics:
Peg o' my heart, I love you. We'll never part, I love you. Dear little girl, sweet little girl, sweeter than the Rose of Erin, are your winning smiles endearin'.
Peg o' my heart, your glances with Irish art entrance me. Come be my own, come, make your home in my heart.
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
This lighthearted tune was popularized after President Ronald Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney sang this song together after a meeting held on St. Patrick’s Day in 1985.
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Lyrics
There's a tear in your eye, and I'm wondering why, for it never should be there at all. With such power in your smile, sure a stone you'd beguile, so there's never a teardrop should fall.
When your sweet lilting laughter's like some fairy song, and your eyes twinkle bright as can be, you should laugh all the while and all other times smile, and now, smile a smile for me.
When Irish eyes are smiling, sure it's like a morn in spring. In the lilt of Irish laughter, you can hear the angels sing. When Irish hearts are happy, all the world seems bright and gay. And when Irish eyes are smiling, sure, they steal your heart away.