The Parting Glasses

Two of my favourite artists have released versions of The Parting Glass recently, Henry Jamison and Karine Polwart.

They are as different as different can be, but they are both lovely in their own way.

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

While The Parting Glass is “often sung at the end of a gathering of friends,” the song Wild Mountain Thyme is one of three songs traditionally played to close out the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

And, at least in my mid-1980s teen dance experience, Stairway to Heaven was always the last dance of the night.


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Michelle on October 18, 2021 - 20:17 Permalink

In 1980/81, the closing song for the teen dances at the Holy Redeemer parish hall was always Dream Weaver. Every time I hear that song, it takes me back…….

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Jeremy on October 19, 2021 - 09:21 Permalink

In my day, so long ago, it was The Animals' House of the Rising Sun.

p.s. Typo in the tag for The Parking Glass