I recently found out who wrote this song that I was searching for, and obtained a correct copy of the lyrics from him.
IT is on his and Robin Petrie's CD called "Journeys of the Heart", and is available through Celtoid/DNA Records, 725 Pomona Ave. Albany CA, 94706.
A DRAM TO WARM THE PIPER
(Danny Carnahan, c 1984)
Welcome in my thirsty fellows,
Hang your hats inside the door;
If we're only filled to bursting,
Then there's surely room for more;
We'll deny the cold of winter;
We'll have only song and cheer,
As we gather here together
In the threshold of the year.
Here's a dram to warm the piper,
Here's a dram to warm the hall,
Here's a dram to raise the rafters
And here's long life to you all
Here we tie the knot as lovers;
Here we raise a toast as friends;
As we pass along from hand to hand
In a dance that never ends;
We'll forget about tomorrow;
We're protected from it here;
As we drink our fill together
From the tankard of the year.
Crack the seal off of the bottle;
Light the fire beneath the still;
As we medicate our ills;
Oh, the whiskey is forgiving;
It will wash the conscience clear;
As we all sink back together
In the cradle of the year.
CHORUS (REPEAT CHORUS)