Riocard Bairéad (c. 1714-1819) wrote many satirical songs,this one encouraging the peasants not to give their "tribute" to the landlords because, after all, they couldn't take it with them anyway.
I think there is some great stuff here.
I might offer a translation from idiom laden Gaeilge of the lines Mimosa inquired about as:
Therefore, Friends, isn't it a better plan
Don't be as we are, pop right into the drink.