May 19, 2009
Originally the song was only two verses. The first verse is about the "Minstrel Boy"/Balladeer who goes forth to the battle and his resolve to guard the "Land of Song" (Ireland). The second verse speaks of his death at the hands of the foe while tearing the cords from his harp, saying, "No chains shall sully thee, thou soul of love and bravery! Thy songs were writ for the pure and free, they shall never sound in slavery!" This was heroism at its best.
The song became a national favorite among the Scots and the Irish during the War Between the States. During this time, an unknown soldier added another verse which speaks of the day when the Minstrel Boy shall return and when "all the bitterness of man must cease, and every battle must be ended."
One of the best versions of The Minstrel Boy is sung by Charlie Zahm "Americas Foremost Balladeer." He has recorded a number of albums, a number of them with beautiful versions of this mournful ballad. Recently while performing at the SAICFF he sang the version sung by Connery in The Man who Would be King. It really was great to hear Son of God sung to Minstrel Boy, once again.