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.