Irish Music and Song
The Irish love song and dance - so any courtship should include large helpings of both!
The most beautiful music of all is the music of what happens.
"When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away."
--Chauncey Olcott, 1912
"Molly dear now did you hear the news that's going round
Down in a corner of my heart a love is what you've found
Every time I look into your Irish eyes so blue
They seem to whisper "Darling boy, my love is all for you""
--Irish Molly O, Traditional
"Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows
Fair is the lily of the valley
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne
But my love is fairer than any."
--Red is the Rose, traditional
"My wild Irish Rose, The sweetest flow'r that grows, You may search ev'rywhere, But none can compare With my wild Irish Rose." --Chauncey Olcott, 1899
Irish Wedding Traditions