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Lyr Req: Merry Little Hop (Graeme Miles)

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Subject: Lyr Req: Merry Little Hop
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 06 Apr 05 - 05:17 AM

Heard a song recently but can't remember where. The chorus is going around and around in my mind though. Can anyone identify it please? I've got to learn it.

"God bless the merry little hop that brings us all good cheer.
For if it wasn't for the merry hop we'd never know strong beer."

Ring any beery bells?

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Merry Little Hop
From: Snuffy
Date: 06 Apr 05 - 08:29 AM

According to Mike Nicholson's website:

Merry Little Hop - Graeme Miles
A drinking song from Graeme's collection of songs entitled "Across Kentish Acres". Graeme expressly asked that this song be dedicated to Faversham Folk Club where he received such a warm welcome the last time he toured his Kentish roots.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MERRY LITTLE HOP (Graeme Miles)
From: radriano
Date: 06 Apr 05 - 04:15 PM

Hi Rhiannon. Here you go.
This nice little song has been on my back burner for a year. Eventually I'm dying to learn it.

MERRY LITTLE HOP
Written by Graeme Miles
Source: Danny & Joyce McLeod cd, Never a Cross Word

Chorus:
God bless the merry little hop
That brings us all good cheer
For without the merry little hop
We would never know strong beer
We would never know strong beer

Here's praise indeed for the barley malt
From which fine whiskies come
And praise indeed for the sugar in the cane
From which does come brown rum
And praise indeed for juniper
With its berry black as sin
For without the juniper tree
We'd not know fiery gin. Hey!

Chorus

Here's praise indeed for the golden grape
That hangs upon the vine
For without the golden grape
We'd not know brandy wine
And praise indeed for the apples on the bow
That in the autumn grow
For without the apples on the bow
Sweet cider we'd not know. Hey!

Chorus

And so we raise our glasses high
To admire that amber glow
There's not a brewer throughout the land
Who'd not have us to know
That the ale he brews is honest and true
The finest and the best
But without the merry little hop
It would never pass the test

Chorus

And now we'll put our glasses down
All empty to the dreg
We'll call on the landlord good and loud
To tap another keg
And as we watch the liquid flow
And admire that glorious sound
We'll raise our glasses one more time
And sing another round


Notes from the album: A song from Graeme the Teeside genius. It has an infectious chorus and a chance to experience a cocktail of Beer, Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Brandy and Cider (without the hangover!).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Merry Little Hop
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 12:59 PM

Many thanks to you both for the information. This is a very lively song with a great chorus so I think it is a must for my collection. I'll try and learn it before my folk holiday in France.

Thanks again

Rhiannon


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