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Of all the money that e'er I had, I spent it in good company
And of 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. Goodnight and joy...


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    Feb 19th, 2:04pm report

    My interpretation was that a person is saying goodbye as they move on (death). The person explains how their loved ones wish he had more time. This person is greeting death (accepting death). Also this person has no regrets. He is happy for having a chance to love and live the life he could. If only we all could do this.


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    Mar 5th, 2013 3:35pm report

    I agree with all this about the Irish song and saying goodbye, but there's still one part that gets me. To me this is a modern advancement of that Irish version. However i wonder if this is a younger man who has lost his love. I get this by the (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.) I wonder if in fact he is taking his own life and telling his friends not to worry and reminding them of the good times they have had together. But this is just my interpretation.


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    Feb 19th, 2013 2:21pm report

    the man almost celebrates death as he falls into it


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    Feb 3rd, 2013 2:02pm report

    The lyrics of the song are very old and can be traced to Scotland in the early 1600s. It was the song that was sung at the end of any get together until it was supplanted by Auld Lang Syne. The lyrics mean exactly what they say. The people leaving the gathering are saying goodnight.

    The melody to which the song is sung has changed many times over the last four hundred years but the lyrics have, surprisingly, remained fairly constant.


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    Dec 2nd, 2012 12:21am report

    it a traditional irsih song about friends gathering


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    Nov 6th, 2012 11:50pm report

    The song is an old Irish folk song that would be sung at the end of get-togethers, much like Old Lang Syne. It is about an aold man who is on his death bed, retelling all of his great times with family and friends.


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    Aug 19th, 2012 8:00pm report

    I believe that this is about a guy who is passing away. and he is reminissing (bad speller sorry) on the old memories he's had. he's saying how he's had great friends and how he's glad he had them. he is just wanting to say goodbye. and he's talking about how everyone is sad that he is dying and that they don't want him to die. [*i tried i was looking for an explaination myself as i typed this.so please if you know what it really id DO tell!(:*]

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