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The Parting Glass an Irish farewell

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The Parting Glass is a great example of that special quality found in the best farewell songs, being able to combine joy and sorrow in a way that is both sad yet uplifting at the same time.

It’s thought to have been a popular New Year’s Eve song in both Ireland and Scotland before it was superseded by Auld Lang Syne. The song may have fell out of use during New Year celebrations but it still remains popular in Ireland and throughout the world.

It’s a song of farewell, sung for and to close friends. It conjures up the same feeling as Shakespeare’s ‘parting is such sweet sorrow’. This Irish classic may make you cry, but in a moving and life-affirming way.

What is the once National Anthem of New Year’s Eve ballad all about? The singer must depart but where is he going? Does he simply have to leave…

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