The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #50714   Message #770083
Posted By: Dave Bryant
23-Aug-02 - 08:39 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
Here it is with some line breaks

DRINKING.

In cellar drear my heart took cheer
I quaffed the flowing measure
My cares soon passed, for in the glass
I find life's sweetest pleasure
In good Rhine wine, this joy divine
And while my glass I'm clinking
The world grows bright, for all is right
When I'm drinking, drinking, drinking

Life full of care, we all must share
A portion of its sorrow
And those who drink will leave, I think
Their troubles til tomorrow
And youth and sage of every age
Have been my way of thinking
And found relief in every grief
In drinking, drinking, drinking

So while I live my praise I'll give
To Bacchus, ever laughing
And in his reign will still remain
The ruby reddish wanting
And then at death, when my last breath
Is slowly, surely shrinking
I'll find my peace, and life shall cease
When I'm drinking, drinking,

D-R-I-N-K-I-N-G


I've usually heard it sung as a bass solo - the last line is sung spelling the word down a descending octave. One of the best renditions I've heard, suprisingly enough, was by the late Alfred Deller to prove that a counter-tenor is really a bass or baritone who supresses the lower component of his voice and acentuates the upper falsetto component - his bass voice was supurb.