The Parting Glass Lyrics – The Best Free PDF for Printouts

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“The Parting Glass” is an old traditional song dating back to the 17th century. It’s unclear whether it originated in Scotland, that holds the song’s earliest printed version found, or Ireland, where it’s also acknowledged as on of their oldest traditional tunes.

This is a farewell song, often sung at the end of a gathering of friends, that manages to express all the bittersweet emotions of departure. For some it’s thought of as a funeral song as well, singing the last farewell to one’s friends. In any case, the beauty of its melody and the simple but touching words have appealed to people ever since, making The Parting Glass a world favourite. The song was introduced to larger audiences during the folk revival of the 1950s and 60s. Numerous artists have since covered and arranged the song, like Tommy Makem, The Pogues, Loreena McKennitt, Ed Sheeran – just to name a few.

On this page you’ll find the lyrics of the song in the two most popular of its versions and a printable PDF file with lyrics for free download. You can also watch two sing-along videos. Enjoy!

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Printable The Parting Glass Lyrics PDF

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The Parting Glass lyrics printable PDF

The Parting Glass Lyrics

While the majority of performances include the first two verses only without significant divergence, there are plenty of artists that add a third verse that differentiates, as you can see below:

Version 1

Oh of all the money that e’re I spent
I spent it in good company
and of all the harm that e’re Ive done
alas it was to none but me.
For 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 with you all.

Oh of all the comrades that e’re I’ve had
they are sorry for my going away
and of all the sweethearts that e’re I’ve had
they would wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
that I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and softly call
good night and joy be with you all.

Oh if I had money enough to spend
and leisure time to sit awhile
there is a fair maid in this town
and she surely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosey cheeks, her ruby lips
I own she has my heart enthralled
so fill to me the parting glass
good night and joy be with you all.

But since it falls unto my lot
that I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and softly call
good night and joy be with you all.

Version 2

Of all the money that e’er I had
I spent it in good company
And all the harm that e’er I’ve done
Alas it was to none but me
And all I’ve done for want of wit
To memory now I can’t recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all.

Of all the comrades that e’er I had
They are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had
They would wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call
Good night and joy be with you all.

A man may drink and not be drunk
A man may fight and not be slain
A man may court a pretty girl
And perhaps be welcomed back again
But since it has so ought to be
By a time to rise and a time to fall
Come fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all
Good night and joy be with you all

Music Videos

Sing-along Video (Version 1)

Choral Sing-along Video (Version 2)

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