The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #53227   Message #822188
Posted By: Amos
09-Nov-02 - 09:41 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat CD Series: Orchid
Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Orchid
It was Big Mick's writing that lies behind the inclusion of another song on this CD -- "The Parting Glass". He sang it to a dear friend in the hospital, who passed on. It was perhaps the last communication he and Mick shared before his dying. The poignancy and compassion that comes through in Mick's story compelled me to insist he include this rendition of The Parting Glass in the songs he sent in for the CD. I was adamant, and as usual, Big Mick came through.

The Parting Glass


Oh, all the money e'er I had,
I spent it in good company.
And all the harm that ever I've done,
Alas it was to none but me.
And all I've done for want of wit
To mem'ry now I can't recall;
So fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend,
And leisure time to sit awhile.
There is a fair maid in this town,
That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips,
I own, she has my heart in thrall;
Then fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

Oh, all the comrades e'er I had,
They're sorry for my going away.
And all the sweethearts e'er I had,
They'd wished me one more day to stay.
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be with you all.