“The Broad Majestic Shannon” sung by Liam Clancy

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There could hardly be a better way to shed a sentimental tear on St. Patrick’s Day (known to the sensitive and inclusive as “O’Green Day”) than to listen to the late, great Liam Clancy sing “The Broad Majestic Shannon.” (Clip via YouTube below.) That’s a song written by the great but—somewhat surprisingly—still vivacious Shane MacGowan, of Pogues fame.

Another favorite Shane MacGowan tear-jerker of mine is “Rainy Night in Soho.” (Clip via YouTube below.)

I’ve been loving you a long time
Down all the years, down all the days
And I’ve cried for all your troubles
Smiled at your funny little ways
We watched our friends grow up together
And we saw them as they fell
Some of them fell into Heaven
Some of them fell into Hell

And isn’t that always the way?