This is my favorite song of all time, and the most emotionally-moving. The song is based on the real life-letters of an Irish father to his emigrant son in America.
As the son of Irish immigrants, this song really hits home with me. I have long understood the sadness and longing of the emigrant who has left home for a faraway land. But, it was not until I became a parent myself that I began to comprehend the loss and sorrow of the parents left behind (my grandparents, for example).
This song captures those feelings better than anything else I have come across.The song always brings tears to my eyes and makes me want to reach out and hold my kids tight.