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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Sure’n Let’s All Ha’ A Good Cry!

By Mrstrongest @mrstrongarm

Begorrah! St. Patty’s Day has come and gone, and I’m late with this post. O’Sorry!

As mentioned in a prior post, I used to draw a comic strip for a local paper back in the mid 90s. It was about a street musician named Busker.

Here’s a St. Patty’s strip from March 1997. I didn’t have a computer back then, but I’ve used Photoshop to reset the text here, to make it more readable. You can also view the hand-lettered original.

street musician Busker using music stand and sheet music playing saxophone on street corner with tin cup being watched by leprechaun

street musician Busker using music stand and sheet music playing saxophone on street corner with tin cup being watched by leprechaun Busker getting teary-eyed

street musician Busker using music stand and sheet music playing saxophone on street corner with tin cup being watched by leprechaun Busker crying and sobbing can't continue playing leprechaun curious about song he was playing

street musician Busker using music stand and sheet music playing saxophone on street corner with tin cup being watched by leprechaun Busker crying his eyes out standing in big puddle of tears, song he was playing revealed to be sad Irish song Danny Boy

If you’re not familiar with Danny Boy, it’s one of the true weepers. I remember tears streaming down my face when I listened to a haunting version of it at a barbershop concert many years ago. Here’s a lovely arrangement by The King’s Singers:

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May the blog posts rise up to meetcha! A belated Happy St. Pat’s to all!!

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What do you think? Ever seen a street musician standing in a puddle of tears? Can you listen to Danny Boy without crying?? Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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