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Posted By: GUEST,doc.tom
12-Sep-08 - 04:22 AM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Drink Old England Dry
Subject: RE: DTStudy: Drink Old England Dry
For what it's worth, here's my set. It was learnt in Sussex in the early 1960s - but cannot now remember who/where from! Obviously similar to the Haxey set, but a distinct tune variant. (The first line of the third verse is also a good test of sobriety!)
Drink round brave boys and never give o'er.
Drink round brave boys as I have said before,
For Old Boney he has sent to us a new reply
And swears that he will come and drink old England dry.
Dry, dry, dry boys dry.
He swears that he will come and drink old England dry.
'Twas Collingwood, of high reknown,
Swore he'd fight for his King, his country and his crown,
His crown, king and country would fight until he die
Before that they should come and drink old England dry. etc....
Now if our ships should meet all on the sea,
Ten thousand to one that they would not agree.
The cannons they would rattle and bullets swiftly fly
Before that they should come and drink old England dry. etc...