This post features “Danny Boy” with links to the sheet music, which are lead sheets (chords, melody, and lyrics). Danny Boy . The melody of “Danny Boy” comes from a traditional Irish tune called “Londonderry Air” first printed in 1844 in Ireland. The lyrics to Danny Boy were written by Fred E. Weatherly while the music is taken from an old Irish Folk song called Londonderry Air. With so many versions along with variations and subtleties to the song, we have opted for an instrumental version by Eric Clapton. Print and download in PDF or MIDI DANNY BOY. Well known Irish standard shown in standard autoharp chords for key of C. The videoscore YouTube performance uses a specially outfitted instrument that can alter chords slightly and create passing harmonies.