Originally set to the tune of the ancient melody “The Londonderry Air,” this song has been rumored to have been written about a father singing to his son, who apparently was named Danny.
The song was based on a story about an Irish father whose son was eventually going off to war in Ireland.
Many of the traditional versions have only four verses, but the most recognized version, and the most common one for Ireland, has six verses in total.
Some of the many artists who recorded this include Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, Patti LaBelle, Glen Miller and Elvis Presley.
Tradition links the composition of the piece to a seventeenth century blind harpist, Rory Dall O’Cahan. In 1851, Jane Ross, of Limavady, Co Londonderry, wrote down the music after hearing it played by an itinerant fiddler