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Thread #53052 Message #814656
Posted By: Genie
30-Oct-02 - 03:06 PM
Thread Name: Help Choose 20 Most Popular Irish Songs
Subject: RE: HELP CHOOSE 20 MOST POPULAR IRISH SONGS
toadfrog, some "very popular Irish songs" (e.g., Galway Bay, Peg O' My Heart) are not "Irish" in the sense of having been written in Ireland or by a citizen of Ireland. The poem "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms" was written by the Irish poet Thomas Moore, so I wouldn't classify the lyrics as "popular" in the usual sense; I don't recall where the tune is from. The tune to "Danny Boy" is Irish (isn't it?) but the words were written by an Englishman. (Lots of threads on the topic of 'faux' Irish songs here in the forum.)
I thought we were voting for our favorites, though. Did I misunderstand ray's initial post?