Traditional Irish Folk Song:
The Parting Glass

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This is a traditional Irish goodbye song, often sung with friends, similar to Auld Lang Syne.


Lyrics:
"Of all the money 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 with you all.

Oh, all the comrades e'er I had,
They're sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts e'er I had,
They'd wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend,
And leisure time to sit awhile,
There is a fair maid in this town,
That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips,
I own she has my heart in thrall,
Then fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all."

Other songs like this one:

Auld Lang Syne
Also originally a traditional folk song, but of Scottish origin. It is now a classic New Years Eve party song.


God Be With You Till We Meet Again
Solemn Christian hymn based on the etymology of “good-bye,” which is “God be with ye.”


Footprints In The Sand by Leona Lewis
This song is based on the Footprints in the Sand poem by Mary Stevenson, and is a soulful ballad with some elements of gospel. A very emotional song, and Leona Lewis does great justice to it. The meaning of the song is an affirmation of love or friendship, no matter where we travel in life.


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