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Lyr/Chords Req: Tonight's the Night (Steeleye Span

Rob O 29 Aug 99 - 07:43 PM
Jim Dixon 05 Feb 10 - 11:44 AM
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Subject: Tonight's the night for drinking
From: Rob O
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 07:43 PM

Greets all!

I'm part of a Medieval/ Renaissance/ Fantasy group and for some reason all the bardic work falls to me. What I'd really like to add to my repertoire is this lively tune "Tonight's the Night for Drinking". I've heard it over and over by various groups and it would make a great song to start of the night's revelry and ale drinking. Tragically my ear isn't good enough to identify chord progressions (and no amount of Harp's seems to help that).

I don't suppose any kind soul would be willing to share the chords to this wonderful drinking song?

Thanx in advance,

Rob O

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Subject: Lyr Add: TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT (Steeleye Span)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Feb 10 - 11:44 AM

This song is in the DT under the title TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT FOR DRINKING, but I think its structure is better illustrated if it's formatted this way:

As recorded by Steeleye Span

1. Northerly, bobbing up and down,
Along with all the others.
Half of them have cousins in the town,
And the other half are brothers.

CHORUS: And tonight, tonight they're all ashore.
When they've had enough to drink, they'll drink some more,
And that's what the old town's for.
Tonight's the night for drinking!

2. Southerly, and it's blowing up a gale
From Portsmouth down to Dover.
There they are all supping up the ale,
Until the storm is over. CHORUS

3. Easterly, and it's anybody's guess,
And a few of them are out there hauling.
But most of them, they take a little rest,
When they hear Lord Nelson calling. CHORUS

4. Westerly, and nothing but the sound
Of a thousand seagulls screaming.
It's thirsty work, that bobbing up and down,
So it's homeward bound they're steaming. CHORUS


LAST CHORUS: And tonight, tonight they're all ashore.
When they've had enough to drink, they'll drink some more.
Who ever said Lord Nelson's dead?
Tonight's the night for drinking!

* * *
Recorded by:

Steeleye Span, "Tonight's the Night, Live!"

Blackthorn (from Michigan) "Tonight's the Night for Drinking"

Parcel of Rogues (from Aberdare, Wales)

Those are all the recordings I have been able to identify, and I have not found any songwriter's credit or other origin for it. Searching is complicated by the fact that there are many other songs titled TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT. Rod Stewart wrote one, Neil Young wrote one, George Gershwin wrote one, Herbie Hancock wrote one....

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