I notice that "Londonderry Air", "Danny Boy", and "You Raise Me Up" sound pretty much the same (or at least similar) when I listen to them. So are they the same song but with different lyrics?

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    Can you add a link to these songs and specify the artist please? – Bebs Nov 29 '19 at 12:28
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    Did you do a minimum of research? Wikipedia says: The song "Danny Boy" uses the tune, with a set of lyrics written in the early 20th century. Then, about You Raise Me Up: "Some have claimed there is a strong resemblance to the traditional Irish tune Londonderry Air, to which Løvland has commented: "There are similarities but no plagiarism." – Bebs Nov 29 '19 at 12:34
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    Maika, you cannot just use edits to bump your post nor use the edit reasons for meta comments that don't relate to anything on the site. You've done this on several SEs and it's not OK and an abuse of the system. This post is now locked due to this and this will not be tolerated in the future. – Dom Dec 17 '19 at 4:23

The "Londonderry Air" is very old melody from the County of Londonderry in Ireland. It was first published in 1855 by the Society for the Preservation and Publication of the Melodies of Ireland in their book "The Ancient Music of Ireland". Since the composer (whoever it was) must have died over 70 years ago, the tune is in the public domain in most countries (which means anybody can use it).

The English songwriter Frederic Weatherly wrote the lyrics "Danny Boy" to this tune in 1913. Since he died in 1929 these lyrics are also in the public domain. Other lyrics have been written to the tune, but none of them are as well known as "Danny Boy".

"You Raise Me Up" (sung by Josh Groban on his album "Closer") is a different tune, even though large parts of it are very similar to the "Londonderry Air". I get the impression the writers ( Rolf Løvland and Brendan Graham) were trying to get as close as they could to the original without copying it outright. But even if they had copied the tune it wouldn't be plagiarism because it's in the public domain.

"Write something that sounds like this other piece" is a request that composers often hear. One example: George Lucas used the music from Gustav Holst's "The Planets" while he was editing "Star Wars". He then asked John Williams to write something similar.

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