The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #53224   Message #818985
Posted By: MMario
05-Nov-02 - 10:04 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat CD Series: Plum
Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Plum
(Benjamin Franklin - 1745 /trad:tunefile derrydwn)

The Antediluvians were all very sober
For they had no Wine, and they brew'd no October;
All wicked, bad Livers, on Mischief still thinking,
For there can't be good Living where there is not good Drinking.
Derry down

'Twas honest old Noah first planted the Vine,
And mended his Morals by drinking its Wine;
He justly the drinking of Water decry'd;
For he knew that all Mankind, by drinking it, dy'd.
Derry down.

From this Piece of History plainly we find
That Water's good neither for Body or Mind;
That Virtue and Safety in Wine-bibbing's found
While all that drink Water deserve to be drown'd.
Derry down

So For Safety and Honesty put the Glass round.

I have no idea whether or not the "Derry Down" I used to sing this is even similar to that which Franklin may have envisaged - but it fit. This was recorded in the sanctuary of a church - an interesting experience in itself!