WATCH Billy Joel Charms Crowd in Dublin Singing Ireland’s Beloved ‘On Ragland Road’ 

Posted: 7:54 am Friday, June 29th, 2018

By Donna Donna

Billy Joel performed a much anticipated show in Ireland last week and charmed the crowd with a snippet of a tune that, in the hearts of the Irish is akin to “Danny Boy’.

‘On Ragland Road’ was written by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh and set to music by Luke Kelly of The Dubliners. But Billy wasn’t just pandering to the locals, according to website JOE, “Joel expressed his love and admiration for the beloved song to the crowd, noting that its unique cadence has inspired him in his own songwriting.”

Watch the clip in the tweet above and check out Billy performing Piano Man at the show and the touching moment of a couple dancing to the song at 1:20 in. Luke Kelly’s version of ‘On Raglan Road is below as well.


On Raglan Road of an autumn day
I saw her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare
That I might one day rue
I saw the danger and I passed
Along the enchanted way
And said let grief be a fallen leaf
At the dawning of the day

On Grafton Street in November
We tripped lightly along the ledge
Of a deep ravine where can be seen
The worth of passion’s pledge
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts
And I not making hay
Oh I loved too much and by such by such
Is happiness thrown away

I gave her gifts of the mind
I gave her the secret signs
Known to the artists who have known
The true gods of sound and stone
And word and tint I did not stint
I gave her poems to say
With her own name there
And her own dark hair
Like clouds over fields of May

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet
I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly my reason must allow
That I had loved not as I should
A creature made of clay
When the angel woos the clay
He’ll lose his wings at the dawn of day