The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #9265   Message #59671
Posted By: John Moulden
22-Feb-99 - 06:57 PM
Thread Name: John Barleycorn
Subject: RE: John Barleycorn
Several versions have "He drank me up in his dirty maw and pissed me against the wall." Most when printed, like Colm O'Lochlainn in Irish Street Ballads (Dublin 1939), soften this to "tumbled against the wall"

I can't remember precise references for the "pissed" version but would check if anyone cares enough.

The only one I know with that sort of fal the dee chorus is the version of Colm O'Lochlainn's printing which was sung by the Johnstons, the late 60s group whose two males were Paul Brady and Mick Moloney.

John Moulden