http://youtu.be/RL9yB0ne67A Reading my son's poem the other day brought back memories of my grandpa Murphy. Many years have passed since he left this world to be at the feet of his sweet Savior; where I'm sure he is telling stories followed by his booming laugh, rambling off Irish poems, and singing Irish traditionals to whomever will listen.
One of my favorites he sang to me was "The Parting Glass." He'd tell me that two things were certain in this life, death and taxes, and that he would figure out a way to not pay taxes...
"Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age." - James Joyce
My grandpa Murphy would also tell me that nothing is more important in this life than good company, good friends, love for the family, and above all good Irish whisky.
He had a way with words.
Maybe it's fitting that my son is named after him (Thomas Joseph Murphy - Puentes).
Grandpa, I will always be forever grateful for your influence in my life, and I can't wait to hear your booming laugh and your many stories again.
"The Parting Glass"
Oh all the money that e'er I spent 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 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
Oh all the comrades that e'er I've had Are sorry for my going away And all the sweethearts that e'er I've had 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
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