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MAN THAT WATERS THE WORKERS' BEER


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GUEST,.gargoyle 04 May 11 - 06:56 PM
GUEST,leeneia 05 May 11 - 02:43 PM
Gurney 05 May 11 - 04:05 PM
Jim Dixon 07 May 11 - 05:47 PM
Jim Dixon 07 May 11 - 06:12 PM
Ross Campbell 07 May 11 - 07:50 PM
Ross Campbell 07 May 11 - 07:54 PM
Ross Campbell 07 May 11 - 08:33 PM
Ross Campbell 07 May 11 - 08:48 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: The Man Who Brews The Beer
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 04 May 11 - 06:56 PM

The Man Who Brews The Beer

Somewhere behind the frosted pipes that hold our liquid cheer
There lurks a Man – a noble Man – the Man Who Brews the Beer;
His spendid (sic) is never done, for Winter, too, enjoys
The beer that makes hot summer laugh for Dry Colonial Boys,
The sugar cane its sweetness yields, the good earth gives its hops,
An Heaven pours its cool rains in before the ripe beer pops;
But here's the wizard of it all who mixes cloud and clod
And from it brews a golden drink that makes of Man a god.
Ice soda fiends mix acid drinks at tombstones set on end
And garnish them with ice and dyes to make a deadly blend,
Then suck them up through silly straws that should be in their hair
The foolish straws that asses eat and crazy people wear.
The sneaking 'near beer' hypocrite who shamelessly does sing,
His vile decoctionhas the taste but does not have the sting.
This criminal I would consign to dungeons dank and drear
Because he desecrates a Name – the sacred name of Beer.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Mudcat FIRST. Currently, unavailable anywhere on the net.

Direct corollary to the DT version of “The Man Who Waters the Beer.”
displaysong.cfm?SongID=3839

Source – University of California at Davis - Master Brewer's Program – Spring 1990 - face page of a student's lab book – photocopied and taped from unknown source..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Man Who Brews The Beer
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 05 May 11 - 02:43 PM

Thanks for posting that, Gargoyle.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Man Who Brews The Beer
From: Gurney
Date: 05 May 11 - 04:05 PM

Shouldn't that be 'work' where (sic) is?

Good verse.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Man Who Brews The Beer
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 May 11 - 05:47 PM

I wonder if this is another fragment of the same song? The meter fits, and it contains the phrase "The Man Who Brews the Beer" capitalized like a title.

Found in You Might as Well Laugh, Mate: Australian Humour in Hard Times by Keith Willey (South Melbourne: Macmillan Co. of Australia, 1984), page 98:

Beer bubbles in the glassy pump and chuckles as it flows,
And happy is the man who feels its foam kiss on his nose;
A liquid blessing in the throat, it gives us joy and verve,
And makes us dream of wondrous drinks that angel barmaids serve.

When everlasting summer comes and Earth's last beer is poured,
The Man Who Brews the Beer will seat his faithful on the sward,
And closing time will never come, or coppers full of wrath,
To spill the Beer of Paradise—the last brew of Saint Froth.

[That's all I can manage to see with Google Books. I don't know whether the book contains more.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Man Who Brews The Beer
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 May 11 - 06:12 PM

OK, I found a phrase that comes before the beginning of my lyric fragment:

"Smith's Weekly poet E. O'Ferrall set the tone:"

Then comes "Beer bubbles in the glassy pump..." etc.

So I didn't get any more lyrics, but I got the name of the apparent author (E. O'Ferrall) and a likely name of a publication where it first appeared (Smith's Weekly). That should be worth something.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Man Who Brews The Beer
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 07 May 11 - 07:50 PM

AustLit short bio of Ernest Francis O'Ferrall aka Kodak


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Man Who Brews The Beer
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 07 May 11 - 07:54 PM

The Australian connection fits in with the OP's "Dry Colonial Boys".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_O%27Ferrall


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Man Who Brews The Beer
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 07 May 11 - 08:33 PM

From the Oxford Companion to Australian Literature:

"Ernest Francis O'Ferrall

(1881-1925), born Melbourne, joined the staff of the Bulletin in 1907. A popular writer of short stories and sketches for the Bulletin and the Lone Hand, often under the pseudonym 'Kodak', O'Ferrall is represented in numerous anthologies. He published two collections of stories, Bodger and the Boarders (1921) and Stories by 'Kodak' (1933), and a collection of verse, Odd Jobs (1928). O'Ferrall's stories have mainly urban settings. Lightly satiric, they rely heavily on situational comedy, especially on bizarre but credible incidents arising from boarding-house life, on the predictable but originally handled collisions between shrewish, unattractive landladies and drunken male boarders. His most famous story, 'The Lobster and the Lioness', which has affinities with Henry Lawson's 'The Loaded Dog', recounts an encounter between a drunken boarding-house inmate and an escaped lioness which he mistakes for a dog."

"Odd Jobs" seems a likely candidate, but it's only 26 pages. British Library has a copy, so it may be possible to get a photocopy through my local library. Google Books only has basic details, no content.

Ross


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Man Who Brews The Beer
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 07 May 11 - 08:48 PM

From The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Humour (Michael Sharkey - 1988 - 310 pages) -

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"Around 1922 O'Ferrall joined Smith's Weekly, where, under the load of subediting duties and illness, much of his lively style deserted him. He died of tuberculosis on 22 March 1925. Bodger and the Boarders, 1921; Odd Jobs, 1928; ..."

Ross


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