'Oh Danny Boy' tells me the story of an old Irish mother, very likely alone with only her memories with which to hold on to life. All her children are gone, long departed from Ireland to the far flung places destined for the Irish Diaspora.
Kept warm by the hope that one day her Danny Boy will gladden the glens and her heart with his presence she carries on. Yet, if he doesn't make it, hopefully, he'll visit her grave to reaffirm his love for her.
Or, is it just a sentimental old tear-jerker, one that is sure to bring a tear to the eyes of the Irish Diaspora and their descendants whenever we congregate with a glass in our hand and a desire for sadness in our soul.
Whatever, I do like this song; and I like edge given to the song by Shane McGowan.