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Thread #114305   Message #2437904
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
11-Sep-08 - 08:54 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Drink Old England Dry
Subject: Lyr. Add: Drink Old England Dry (Non-patriotic)
DRINK OLD ENGLAND DRY
Air- Lunuun is the Devil (Bryant)

1
Since I'm named for a song,
First I'll wet my throttle,
Come, waiter, don't be long,
But bring another bottle;
First, I'll toast my friends,
Then my sweethearts pretty,
And then, to make amends,
I'll drink my comrades witty.

Tooral loo, etc.

2
Here's to all those boys
Who are so brisk and funny,
Here's those who prompt new joys,
And those that lend me money;
Here's the jolly man,
And may he ne'er grow thinner,
For he, whene'er he can,
Invites me to a dinner.

Too ral loo, etc.

3
Here's to charming Bet,
For she's a maid so jolly,
And here's to lovely Let,
And here's to plump-faced Molly
And here's to Sukie Sly,
Likewise to pale-faced Jenny,
Who looks with roguish eye,
And tells me I'm a ninny.

Too ral loo, etc.

4
Now to lovely Nan,
For she's the best of lasses,
But not forgetting Fan,
Who cheers me in my glasses;
Fill to Lucy, dear,
Who crowns my life with blisses,
For she it is can cheer
Each passion with her kisses.

Too ral loo, etc.

5
Now a bumper toast,
Fill the goblets- brimmers,
For we will rule the roast
Until sweet day-light glimmers;
Fill, oh! fill my boys,
All sorrow we defy, sirs,
We'll taste of social joys,
And drink Old England dry, sirs.

Too ral loo, etc.

The Universal Songster or Museum of Mirth: etc., 1828, vol. III, p. 104; Jones and Co., London, Temple of the Muses.

Quite a different song from "Drink Old England Dry" of the Traditional Ballad Index and "Drink Little England Dry" at the Contemplator- Drink Little England Dry

There are many versions of the 'patriotic' song, but so far I haven't found another of this song.