Song Lyric Sunday 1/28/18 – The Parting Glass

Goodbye/farewell is never easy. Let’s face it, it’s not. It’s hard to say goodbye, especially to those you love. That’s what makes this theme for Song Lyric Sunday so profound in my view.

When I saw the theme I immediately knew which song I would pick, because I’ve decided this is the song I want played at my funeral. As an atheist, I don’t want any religious bullshit being played at my funeral and I especially don’t want anything overly sad or sappy. Send me off into the great unknown with style and class, and that’s what this song has in miles.

With that I give you “The Parting Glass,” a traditional Scottish song of well-wishes upon parting ways. The author is unknown, though early manuscripts of the song date back to the 1770s and are often attributed to Sir Alex Boswell. As with most traditional folk songs, there are countless versions, but I’m settling on this version because this is the version I want played at my funeral, namely The High Kings rendition of the song. Warning: you might want to have a tissue handy.

Of all the money that e’er I had
I spent it in good company
And all the harm I’ve ever done
Alas it was to none but me
And all I’ve done for want of wit
To mem’ry now I can’t recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be to you all

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Of all the comrades that e’er I had
They’re sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had
They’d wish me one more day to stay
But since it fell unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

(La La)

But since it fell unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all
Good night and joy be to you all 
Source: https://genius.com/The-high-kings-the-parting-glass-lyrics

This song always sends chills down my spine, no matter the version, but in my opinion The High Kings’ version just has that little something extra – perhaps it’s the pipes in the background. As a piper myself, it always stirs emotions deep within me.

So that’s my selection for today. What did you think? Let me know.

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8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday 1/28/18 – The Parting Glass

  1. Gorgeous song! The harmony and definitely the pipes are very touching.

    My daughters have already been told that when I pass they should just donate my body. Then have a big drunken party to remember me. Not that I’m a huge drinker but I want everyone to celebrate my strange, silly life.

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    • Hah, fair enough. About all I ask is that my tattoos be harvested and preserved and from there I don’t give a shit what you do with the rest of me. I won’t be around to know any different. That said, I do want my body art to remain preserved for others to appreciate after I’m gone.

      I don’t care for a formal funeral either, maybe just a small gathering for what few living relatives and friends I’ll have (as I do not have, nor do I want children that number will be small).

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  2. I’m ugly crying right now… not cute. The good news is it was brought on by this beautiful, tragic, wonderful song. Thank you SO much for sharing this. Those pipes though… and their voices and harmonies. Ugh. Amazing!

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  3. I’ve never heard this song before, so this will now be the version I’d compare all others to, though I don’t see how it could be surpassed! Thank you for introducing me to this song, it’s amazing in every way! 🙂

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