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Thread #51775   Message #790376
Posted By: IanC
24-Sep-02 - 12:43 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Old Sir Simon the King
Subject: RE: Old Sir Simon the King
I'm surprised it's not in the DT! the song is quite old.

The tune is used in John Gay's "Beggar's Opera" and (according to Mackay, C. (ed) "Cavalier Songs 1642-1684") a parody of the song was "Printed in Percy's Reliques, from an old black-letter copy in Mr Pepys' collection, corrected by two others, one of which is preserved in 'A Choice Collection of 120 Loyal Songs - 1684'.

The Albion Band's version is quite old and was probably taken from a Broadside as I recall. I can't find the words anywhere on the web, but you might try the Bodleian!

I've got the Albion Band's version on an 12" vinyl LP if all else fails.

One verse is

Drink will make a man drunk
Drunk will make a man dry
Dry will make a man sober
And sober will make a man die