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Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!

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Subject: Lyr Add: COPPER KETTLE
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:18 PM

I think that one of the great classics in this genre is "COPPER KETTLE" (known to some as "Lay There By the Juniper").

Get you a copper kettle, get you a copper coil,
Cover with new made corn mash, and never more you will toil,
You?ll just lay there by the juniper, while the moon is bright,
Watch them jugs a-fillin', in the pale moonlight.

Build you a fire with hickory, hickory and ash and oak,
Don?t use no green or rotten wood, they'll get you by the smoke,
While you lay there by....

My daddy he made whiskey, my granddaddy did too,
We ain't paid no whiskey tax since 1792,
We just lay there by....

Does anyone know any more verses for it?

Or...suggest a classic alcoholic?s song of your own. Let's see what we can come up with here...

[Many song titles in this thread have been converted to links by a Mudelf.]


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Pinetop Slim
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:20 PM

You bring that Gillian Welch line to mind: That old copper kettle made a fool out of me.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SeanM
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:22 PM

Hmmm... I first saw this and thought songs for alcoholics such as THE DRUNKARD'S CHILD, which may well win an award for the most over the top soppy and untintentionally funny temperance song ever...

M


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:28 PM

Oh man, I have GOT to hear that one...


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:29 PM

RYE WHISKEY

IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:31 PM

Tear jerker: "COME HOME FATHER" and "PLEASE DON'T SELL MY DADDY NO MORE WINE".

Jack of Diamonds, Jack of Diamonds
I know you from old
You rob my poor pockets of silver and gold
If the ocean was whiskey and I was a duck
I would dive to the bottom and never come up
But the ocean ain't whiskey and I ain't no duck
So I'll play Jack of Diamonds and count on my luck.
Rye whiskey, rye whiskey, rye whiskey I cry
If you don't give me rye whiskey, I know I will die
I eat when I'm hungry and drink when I'm dry
And if moonshine don't kill meI will live 'til I die.


My brother Bill has a still on the hill
He stands 'bout 4'9"
But he thinks he's a giant if you give him half a pint
Of that good old mountain dew
They call it that good old mountain dew dew dew
Them that refuse it are few
But I'll rustle up my mug if you'll fill up my jug
With that good old mountain dew.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: oggie
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:34 PM

Richard Thompson 'God Loves a Drunk'

All the best

Steve


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: MMario
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:34 PM

THE PUB WITH NO BEER

CHARLIE MOPPS

Jug o punch

THE GRAND PUBS OF YORKSHIRE

SUSSEX TOAST

OLD DUN COW

[actually, when I am drunk, any song that comes to mind]


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Wesley S
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:43 PM

My favorite is "Tonight the bottle let me down". The Gillian Welch song mentioned earlier is called "TEAR MY STILLHOUSE DOWN".


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Amergin
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:44 PM

Don't forget NANCY WHISKEY.....and here's another one.....The Drunkard King


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Subject: Lyr Add: FATHER, DEAR FATHER, COME HOME^^^
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:44 PM

Leave me alone. I'm having fun.

FATHER, DEAR FATHER, COME HOME

Father, dear Father, come home with me now.
The clock in the steeple strikes one.
You said you were coming right home from the shop
As soon as your day's work was done.
The fire has gone out, the house is all dark,
And Mother's been waiting since tea
With poor little Benny so sick in her arms
And no one to help her but me.

CHORUS: "Come home, come home, come home.
Please Father, dear Father, come home."
These are the words of a child
Which the night winds repeat as they roam.
Oh, who could resist this most plaintive of prayers?
"Please Father, dear Father, come home."

Father, dear Father, come home with me now.
The clock in the steeple strikes two.
The night has grown colder and Benny is worse
And he has been calling for you.
Indeed he is worse. Ma says he will die
Perhaps before morning has dawned,
And this is the message she sent me to bring:
"Come quickly or he will be gone." CHORUS

Father dear Father come home with me now
The clock in the steeple strikes three
The house is so lonely. The night is so long
For poor weeping Mother and me.
Yes, we are alone. Poor Benny is dead,
And gone with the angels of light.
And these are the very last words that he said:
"I want to kiss papa goodnight." CHORUS

Obviously this was written as a plea for a Temperance Movement. A treasure that my Nana used to sing.

Mary


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:50 PM

BOOZING

Jon


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:51 PM

The Champagne Chorus from Fledermaus. Am I missing an "i"?


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: MMario
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:54 PM

Blue bleedin' blind drunk!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Mark Clark
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:55 PM

THERE STANDS THE GLASS
ONE FOR MY BABY (AND ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD)
A Six Pack To Go
Wasting Away In Margaritaville
DON'T COME HOME A-DRINKIN' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)
WHITE LIGHTNIN'

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 04:59 PM

Cracklin' Rose?


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Amergin
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 05:01 PM

Why Don't We Get Drunk And Screw?


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Midchuck
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 05:03 PM

Someone mentioned The Old Dun Cow already, but it approaches being my favorite.

When I have more energy, I'll type in the words to Only Drinking Beer by Dick McCormack (who is featured today in the New England section of the Wall Street Journal, tho' I doubt anyone on here gets it).

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 05:09 PM

DRUNKEN SAILOR

IN THE EARLY MORNING RAIN

Mrs. Robinson

FESTIVAL LOVE

SCOTCH AND SODA


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 05:14 PM

THREE JOVIAL HUNTSMEN


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Subject: Lyr Add: ANOTHER DRINKIN' SONG^^
From: Mbo
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 05:26 PM

ANOTHER DRINKIN' SONG by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Gonna dive into a dive I've dove into before
Gonna haunt a haunt I've haunted like a million times before
A familiar joint where getting drunks' the only point
To frequent this place with any frquency at all

Counting on a remedy I've counted on before
Goin' with the cure that's never failed me
What you call the disease, I call the remedy
What you're calling the cause, I call the cure

Gonna sing a song, a song to you, a song I've sung before
Belt out a ballad that I've belted out a million times or more
The words I'm gonna scream, and getting drunks' the central theme
To the lyrics, if you can make the lyrics out at all

Just a devotion to a potion
Now please, no applause
A dedication to a medication
A crutch, a cure, a cause
What I've counted on to pick me up
Has knocked me to my knees
Before I hit the floor once more
I'll call it the disease

Counting on a remedy I've counted on before
Goin' with the cure that's never failed me
What you call the disease, I call the remedy
What you're calling the cause, I call the cure


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 05:49 PM

BOTTLE OF WINE (friend of mine...),

Keg O' Brandy. and do just tunes count? There is Farewell to Whiskey, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Whiskey You're the Devil.......


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Rich(stupidbodhranplayerwhodoesn'tknowbetter
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 05:54 PM

"I Saw a Man at the Close of the Day" traditional associated with Doc Watson
"Wharf Rat" The Grateful Dead
"Nil se na La" Irish traditional song about the "fhear gan ciall, ce d'fhag me chios i mo scornach" literally the man without sense who left his rent($) in his throat
Rich


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:00 PM

LANDLORD FILL THE FLOWING BOWL


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Nynia
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:09 PM

What about

Doh - the stuff that buys me beer
Ray - the guy who sells me beer
Me - the guy who drinks the beer
Fah - The distance to my beer
Soh - I think I'll have beer
La - La, la, la, la, la, la, beer
Tea - No thanks I'm drinking beer
That will bring us back to...........


Nynia.


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Subject: Lyr Add: Layin' in the Gutter(?)^^
From: Downeast Bob
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:14 PM

Dunno if I can make the lines break properly, but here goes:

Layin' in the gutter, pretzels in my beard;
Shirt all stained with whisky;
I thought the end was near;
'Til the Salvation Army comes;
And Saves me from the hearse;
Let's all bust a gut now and sing another verse:

Chorus:

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Throw a nickel on the drum, save another drunken bum.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Throw a nickel on the drum, and you'll be saved.

Way up in heaven where there is no snow;
And all year round, the watermelons grow;
Where the rich man, the poor man, the gentile and the Jew;
All sit together in the same damn pew.
Oh there'll be no distinctions there.
There'll be no distinctions there.
The Lord is good the Lord is just;
The Lord is head of the railroad trust.
There'll be no distinctions there.

Chorus
HTML line breaks added. -JoeClone 17-Jan-2001.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Diva
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:17 PM

FATHOM THE BOWL,

JOHN BARLEYCORN

and forgive me for being pedantic but BLUE BLEEZING BLIND DRUNK which I sing as Mickey's Warning, is really about wife beating.


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Subject: Lyr Add: O Come, Come Away^^
From: Burke
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:19 PM

O Come, Come Away
This is in the Sacred Harp. I've been told there is a drinking song that known to the same tune in England.

Oh come, come away,
From labor now reposing,
Our jubilee has set us free --
Oh come, come away!
Come, hail the day that celebrates
The ransom of th'inebriates
From all that does intoxicate,
Oh come, come away!

We welcome you here!
With heart and hand wide open,
Ye gallant sons of temperance --
We welcome you here!
Heav'n's blessings on your plans, we pray!
Ye come our sinking friends to save,
And rescue from a drunkard's grave;
We welcome you here!

We welcome you here!
Ye who with taste perverted
Have seized the cup, and drank it up --
We welcome you here!
Come, join us in our holy aim,
The poor besotted to reclaim,
The broken heart to cheer again,
Oh come, sign the pledge!

Lyrics: Bradbury's Orila, 1859

Music with same title but different words are in Southern Harmony. The melody is on the 2nd line. The midi is half the speed it should be done at.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Micca
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:23 PM

And of course theres this one that Liz the Squeak sings: ALCOHOLIC'S ANTHEM


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:25 PM

THE FACE ON THE BARROOM FLOOR.

Perfect Nynia. Says it all. And Little Hawk, thanks for the thread. Finally found a place to make a sizeable contribution.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALCOHOLIC'S ANTHEM^^^
From: Morticia
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:27 PM

ALCOHOLICS ANTHEM

Wahts the use of drinking tea, indulging in sobriety
Or tea-total perversity,it's healthier to booze
Whats the use of milk and water
These are drinks that never oughter
Be allowed in any quarter, come lose your blues

Mix yourself a shandy,drown yourself a brandy
Sherry sweet or whisky neat
Or any other liquor that is handy
Theres no blinkin' sense in drinking
Anything that doesn't leave you stinking
There is nothing quite like sinking blotto to the floor

Aberattions metabolic, ceilings that are hyperbolic
These are for the alcoholic lying on the floor
Put an end to all frustration
Drinking may be your salvation
End it all in dissapation, rotten to the core
Vodka for the arty, gin to make you hearty
Lemonade was only made
For drinking when your mother's at the party
Steer well clear of homemade beer
And anything that isn't labelled clear
There is nothing else to fear
Bottoms up me boys!

this is, I think, to the tune of Men of Harlech....no idea who wrote it.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Morticia
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:30 PM

bugger.....Micca and I must have submitted at the same time...could have done without the typing :)


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:39 PM

SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME that great ditty from "Jaws"
"Get Me To The Church On Time"


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Amergin
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:44 PM

Christy Moore's DELERIUM TREMENS


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Diva
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:47 PM

I've remembered another one...The Drunkard...used to sing it can't remember the words (could be the drink), anyway its on Steeleye Span's Rocket Cottage album.


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Subject: Lyr Add: IN PRAISE OF ALCOHOL (Robert W. Service^^
From: Jeri
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:51 PM

Bottle o' the Best for single malt fanatics.

Here's one I didn't see in the DT and could do the tune up (next week - I'm going away for the weekend) if anyone's interested.

In Praise of Alcohol
Words: Robert W. Service
Set to music by David Parry

Of vintage wine I am a lover
To drink deep would be my delight
If 'twere not for the bleak hangover
I'd get loaded every night
I'd whoop it up with songs and laughter,
Whoop it up with songs and laughter
Whoop it up with songs and laughter
If 'twere not for the morning after.

Although to soberness I'm given
It is a thought I've often thunk
The nearest that is earth to heaven
Is to get sublimely drunk
Is to achieve divine elation
To achieve divine elation
To achieve divine elation
By means of generous libation

Alas, the winecups claim their payment
And as the price is often pain
If we could know what morning grey meant
We never would get soused again
Rather than buy a hobnailed liver
Rather than buy a hobnailed liver
Rather than buy a hobnailed liver
I'm sure that we'd abstain forever.

But how I love that glow of liquor
As joyfully I drink it up
Hoping that unto life's last flicker
With praise I'll raise the ruby cup
So let me like a jolly monk
So let me like a jolly monk
So let me like a jolly monk
Proceed to get sublimely drunk.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Micca
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 07:00 PM

Morty, that blue clicky tells the author too.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY^^^
From: thosp
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 07:02 PM

THE WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY
(Dorsey Dixon)

Who did you say it was brother?
Who was it fell by the way?
When whiskey and blood run together
Did you hear anyone pray?

cho: I didn't hear nobody pray, dear brother
I didn't hear nobody pray
I heard the crash on the highway
But I didn't hear nobody pray.

When I heard the crash on the highway
I knew what it was from the start
I went to the scene of destruction
And a picture was stamped on my heart.

There was whiskey and blood all together
Mixed with glass where they lay
Death played her hand in destruction
But I didn't hear nobody pray.

I wish I could change this sad story
That I am now telling you
But there is no way I can change it
For somebody's life is now through.

Their soul has been called by the Master
They died in a crash on the way
And I heard the groans of the dying
But I didn't hear nobody pray.

peace (Y) thosp


HTML line breaks added. -JoeClone 17-Jan-2001.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE PIG GOT UP AND SLOWLY WALKED AWAY
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 07:02 PM

Wonderful...how about this...it's not a song, it's a poem:

'Twas in early last December
(as clear as I remember...?)
I was stumblin' doon the street in sodden pride,
When I fell into the gutter,
thinkin' thochts I dared not utter,
and a pig come up and lay doon by my side.
Two old ladies passin' by
cast on me a jaundiced eye,
and I thocht I overheard one o' them say:
"Ye can tell a man who boozes
by the comp'ny that he chooses."
And wi' that, the pig got up and walked away!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: thosp
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 07:21 PM

Little Hawk -----lolpeace (Y) thosp


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: reggie miles
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 07:43 PM

Demon Alchohol, can't remember the author
I Want To Be In A Barroom, by Robert Oneman Johnson


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Quincy
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 09:00 PM

What about the Dubliner's "SEVEN DRUNKEN NIGHTS?" (If you've got the money Ive got the time!!)
Also "The Pub Crawl" "GIVE THE WOMAN IN THE BED MORE PORTER" and of course "THE MOONSHINER"

-Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: MMario
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 09:38 PM

I din't say blue bleezzin blind drunk, I said blue bleedin' blind drunk, which is about husband beating if anything....


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Mark Clark
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 10:54 PM

Used to sing one years ago and now this is all I can remember:

Away, away with rum by gum,
With rum by gum, with rum by gum,
Away, away with rum by gum,
It's the song of the Salvation Army.

Maybe someone else knows this or where it came from. A tongue in cheek temperance song that I only have a chorus for is sung to the tune of Wabash Cannonball:

We're against all forms of gamblin',
All sex and liquor too,
And by our name we'll all be known,
As the W C T U.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 11:02 PM

Most of the lyrics submitted here are in DigiTrad. Try a search for @drink, if you want some more.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 11:11 PM

Those who are against sex had better be prepared for extinction. To the devil with the WCTU.

Och, I'll drink tae that!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Mark Clark
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 11:12 PM

Thanks Dick... I needed that! Of course there are several versions of "Rum by Gum" in the DT. I was not able to find any hint of the second snippet though. Maybe it will seem familiar to someone.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Margaret V
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 11:43 PM

"Drinkin' in My Sunday Dress" is a grand, silly song by Maria McKee; starts off something like:

I can barely feel the sheets
For all these crumbs down in my bed
How can I get to sleep
With all this buzzing in my head?
And who'd have ever thought
I'd not complain about a mess?
Serves me right, I guess;
This is what I get for eating crackers with my gin
And drinkin' in my Sunday dress.
Cheers, Margaret


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: JamesJim
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 12:20 AM

Not sure of the name (Travelled this wide world over?), but first verse: I came home the other night, as drunk as I could be and I saw a horse in the stable, where my horse ought to be. I said to my wife, my pretty little wife, explain this thing to me, what's this horse doing here in the stable where my horse ought to be. She said, "you old fool, you blind fool, can't you plainly see, it's nothing but a milkcow, my mother sent to me. Well I've travelled this wide world over, a million miles or more, but a bridle and saddle on a milkcow, I never did see before.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Elise
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 01:15 AM

THREE DRUNKEN MAIDENS and Get that child some porter


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Hutzul
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 01:20 AM

WHISKEY ON A SUNDAY or COME DAY, GO DAY

BEER BARREL POLKA

La Traviata, Act One

Follow the Fold, from "Guys & Dolls"

Judy Henske's Salvation Army Song G-L-O-R-Y I'm S-A-V-E-D I'm so H-A-P-P-Y To be F-R-Double E F-R-Double E From the ways of S-I-N Glory, glory, hallaluya Tra la la, Amen


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: alison
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 01:33 AM

James/Jim, it's a version of 'seven drunken nights/ seven nights drunk etc.. I'm sure it's in the database.... and there are plenty of threads if you do a search

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: BigDaddy
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 01:50 AM

"Glasgow Mother's Lullaby." Definitely!


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MAN BEHIND THE BAR^^
From: GUEST,Owlkat
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 02:29 AM

Hi,
I found some of this on a bartowel in a restaurant in Vancouver. I don't know the original author, and I've added liberally to the verses and added a chorus. The folk process; love it or leave it.
Cheers,
Owl.


THE MAN BEHIND THE BAR
(trad-anon, adapted by M. Waldman c97)

Now give me your attention, some quiet if you please,
There's something needing mention, so set yourselves at ease.
I've come to sing the praises of a man we all hold dear
The publican who serves to us, our whiskey, wine and beer.

CHORUS: He's the Rock of old Gibraltar, he's the road to Mandalay,
Eternally dependable, he works his life away,
Never failing in his duty, he's the best of us by far,
Good health to him, and wealth to him/ the man behind the bar.
(Raise beers to him, here's cheers to him/A pint or glass, full to the brim) For the man behind the bar

. He deserves a hero's medal for the many lives he's saved,
And upon the role of honour, his name should be engraved.
He deserves a lot of credit for the way he stands the strain
For the yarns he has to swallow would drive most of us insane.

He pays the highest license, he pays the highest rent,
He battles daily with the bank and pays their ten percent,
When it comes to paying bills he must be Johnny on the spot,
And he pays for all the drink he sells whether you pay him or not.

Though he's scorned by representatives in every parliament,
To blame for every stinking sot who ever drank the rent,
They'll gladly belly to his bar to tipple and relax,
And line their bulging pockets with his heavy liquor tax.

There's the clergy in the pulpit, and the preachers in the hall
Who assure him that the churches are against him one and all
But every time they plan to hold a ballot or bazaar
They start by selling tickets to the man behind the bar

Now when you walk into his bar, he'll greet you with a smile
Be you worker dressed in overalls or a banker dressed in style,
If you're Irish, English, Scot, or Welsh, it doesn't matter what
He'll treat you like a gentleman until you prove you're not

While pulling stout may seem to be his only lot in life,
You'd never even know he had a daughter or a wife,
But lest you get too tipsy and your flirting gets too far,
You'd better have a running start on the man behind the bar

When he retires a job well done, to await six feet of soil,
Discards his coat and apron, no more on earth to toil,
When St. Peter sees him coming, he will hold the gates ajar
For he'll know who's been through Hell on Earth, it's the man behind the bar.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Lena
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 02:43 AM

Oggie,thanks for reminding me about that beautiful song.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 04:35 AM

ALL FOR ME GROG!

And it's all for me grog, me noggin nogging grog, All for me beer and tobbaco

And so on

Ella


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 05:54 AM

"GOOD ALE"

Mind you, the drunken students round my way like to sing "The Fields of Athenry" very loudly at 3 am, so perhaps that's a contender.

The Beer Necessities of Life....


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 11:05 AM

THE HUMORS OF WHISKEY (Stick to the Crayture),

INTOXICATED RAT


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Subject: Lyr Add: LIQUOR, BEER, AND WINE^^
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 01:36 PM

LIQUOR, BEER, AND WINE
Reverend Horton Heat

The doctor says I'm livin'
On precious borrowed time,
With all the time I'm givin',
To liquor, beer, and wine.
The X-rays of my liver,
Look like molded old Swiss cheese,
My heart pumps blood and alcohol,
Through hardened arteries.

Everybody knows me,
Down at the local bar,
I drink until I can't see,
And I wonder where you are.
I guess I let my health go,
Since you quit bein' mine,
But there was nothing to replace you,
Except liquor, beer, and wine.

(Chorus)
Liquor, beer and wine,
Is the flashing sign I see,
Every single morning I get up,
It's buzzing down at me.
I look up to the heavens,
For a ray of hope to shine,
And there it is in neon,
Liquor, beer, and wine.

Ever since you've left me,
I've lived out of my car,
Parked between the liquor store,
And Uncle Bubba's bar.
Booze helps ease the heartache,
But you're constantly in mind,
As constant as that buzzing noise,
Of Uncle Bubba's sign.

(Chorus)


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 02:30 PM

WyoWoman suggested a Smothers Brothers ditty in another thread:
"CRABS WALK SIDEWAYS"


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 02:58 PM

I don't want to spoil your fun, but as someone who works with people who have had their lives destroyed by alcohol, I thought I should suggest clicking here to give a bit of balance.

A member

(who has had enough of posting under her own name)


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 03:01 PM

Sorry,

I mean't here


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 04:04 PM

I was thinking about that too, and wondered if the number of songs/tunes/posts on this thread says anything about (our? neaning musician/folkie/bloozie) lifestyle................


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 04:18 PM

sometime ago I asked about a country western song called One Drink is One Too Many; a Thousand's [100??]Not Enough" I didn't find it here or at cowpie. It would be a good song for this thread if anyone knows it. And unfortunately, for a lot of opeople the title is very true.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 06:19 PM

The Kippers do a good one, vaguely about temperance, but I'm too "tired and emotional" to get to the CD rack and find out what it is..... They also do Wassail.

Wassail, wassail, we'll tell you wassail,
That comes in bottles brown and pale
Comes in bottles so bring some here,
And we'll have a happy new year!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: mg
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 03:56 AM

DRY CARDRONA on Ed Trickett record, Moonshine can,


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 04:30 AM

John Prime's Daddy long legs song

The one about a drunken walk home and he talks to the creatures.

Round she goes heel to the toe etc

Sorry having a blonde moment and can't remember...

Ella (not blonde at all)

REEL IN THE FLICKERING LIGHT - posted below. --JoeClone, 30-Jan-05.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: bflat
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 05:54 AM

Mary Gauthier has a song: "I Drink" on her Drag Queens and Limousines CD.

bflat


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Michael in Swansea
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 06:30 AM

JOCK STEWART,

BARLEY MOW,

I'm a rover, seldom sober.....M


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Amergin
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 06:50 AM

CARRICKFERGUS....


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: PoohBear
Date: 12 Aug 00 - 02:15 AM

I like beer... It makes me a jolly good fellow.

There's Sober Men in Plenty [RAMBLIN' ROVER]

Drive Us to Drink

Nancy Whiskey

All for Me Grog

MARTIN SAID TO HIS MAN


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Subject: Lyr Add: PILGRIM (Bob Gibson)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 03:28 PM

BOB GIBSON wrote this in the 1980s--when he was recovering from various substances. It's a fine song for alcoholics:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Deep in the darkness I have known,
I stumble aimless and alone,
At last too weary of the pain,
I choose to find my way again.

......I journey step by step along,
......This healing path that makes me whole,
......I am a pilgrim of my mind,
......I am a seeker of my soul.

BRIDGE: Yesterday is history--tomorrow is a mystery,
I know the past is dead--the future's blind,
By looking to this moment for the light I need to find my way,
I will make it one day at a time.

And though this journey is my own,
I need not travel it alone,
By sharing faith with broken friends,
A broken pilgrim slowly mends.

......We journey step by step along,
......This healing path that makes us whole,
......We are the pilgrims of our mind,
......We are the seekers of our soul.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: P05139
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 08:50 PM

I know I'm too young to drink but when I was 9 or 10 I used to sing The Gulls Of Invergordon and MOUNTAIN DEW!

I can't see WHISKEY IN THE JAR either!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Judy Cook
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 10:06 PM

One of my favorites is "SHINGLING THE RUM SELLERS ROOF" that Joe Hickerson recorded for Folk Legacy.

--Judy Cook


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Art Thieme
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 10:21 PM

Hey, Judy, Your new CD is wonderful! I hope you're selling a bunch of 'em.

Folks, for those of you who don't realize it, Judy and Dennis Cook are mainstays of the Folk Society Of Greater Washington (D.C.). She does more with an al capone voice---er, I mean a-capella voice, (unaccompanied) than most any ballad singer I've ever heard. Grand variations/versions of the big ballads. If you enjoy traditional balladry, you'll find surprising gems throughout the CD.

Art Thieme
(P.S.----I forgot to mention that the name of Judy Cook's new CD is FAR FROM THE LOWLANDS. The web site is http://www.ceimd.com/folksing.htm )


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Grab
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 09:24 AM

No-one mentioned "WASN'T THAT A PARTY" by Tom Paxton, or "Out behind the Gypsy's" (although that's more a pot-head song)? Highly recommended. There's something from one of my gran's songbooks called "A SONG OF WATER" which is pretty good too (although I've got to update the lyrics slightly since they're showing their Victorian origins a bit).

More depressing - you've always got "FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK", or Beautiful South's "Woman in the wall".

Grab.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Naemanson
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 09:27 AM

How about Tanglefoot's "Drunken Dummer Survey"


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 09:42 AM

Art,

Any chance of getting a tune to the Bob Gibson song?

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Art Thieme
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 11:28 AM

Roger,

I'll be sending you a personal message.

Art


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: P05139
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 01:06 PM

Grab, had you forgotten The Beautiful South's "Liars Bar" from their "Blue Is The Colour" album?!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,SusanGoo
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 01:33 PM

Dear Friends, While not exactly singable, don't forget to find the "commercial" for "Irish Drinking Songs" from Saturday Night Live from sometime during the 90's. Should be on one of those "best of..." videos. I taped it a couple years ago and play it every St. Patrick's day for all my ne'er do well friends. My favorite is "The Incoherent Song," which is just what you might expect.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 05:42 PM

No no no no, I don't ( ) no more
I'm tired of waking up on the floor
No no no no ...
Then it makes it hard to find the door. -- Ringo

That's THE NO-NO SONG by Hoyt Axton. Ringo Starr covered it. --JoeClone, 30-Jan-05.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,billmcgow
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 06:06 PM

Alcohol- by the kinks


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Brendy
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 07:02 PM

THE FOXY DEVIL. Written by Joe Dolan (the Galway one), and recorded by Christy Moore on 'The Iron Behind The Velvet' album (Tara 1978). The title of the album is symbolic of the morning after the night before.

Another great one is Andy Fairweather-Lowe's 'Wide Eyed and Legless.

B.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOD OF WINE (Third Eye Blind)^^
From: hesperis
Date: 16 Aug 00 - 02:28 AM

My absolute favorite Christmas carol, I've loved it since before ever I tasted ale --- Yech! Blft!

Wassail, Wassail ~ Traditional

"Wassail, wassail all over the town
Our bread it is white and our ale it is brown..."

Wish I could remember the rest... Sang it in choir a few (too many) years back for a reading of A Christmas Carol.
My favorite arrangement is by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller, very 80's but it's been the traditional Christmas album in my house for a long time now.

Aha! GLOUCESTERSHIRE WASSAIL
I know slightly different lyrics, I'll have to find them now. And we sang it much faster than that midi is at. This is close enough though.
Mudcat RULEZ!

Here's anither, I much prefer wine:

God of Wine ~ Third Eye Blind
(I really don't know why I like this song. It's not good. IMHO.)

Every thought that I repent
There's another chip you haven't spent
And you're cashing them all in
Where do we begin
To get clean again
Can we get clean again

I walk home alone with you
And the mood you're born into
Sometimes you let me in
And I take it on the chin
I can't get clean again
I want to know
Can we get clean again

The God of Wine comes crashing through
The headlights of a car that
Took you farther than you thought you'd ever want to go
We can't get back again
We can't get back again

She takes a drink and then she waits
The alcohol it permeates
And soon the cells give way
And cancels out the day

I can't keep it all together
I know...
I can't keep it all together

And the siren's song that is your madness
Holds a truth I can't erase
All alone on your face

Every glamorous sunrise
Throws the planets out of time
A star sign out of whack
A fraudulent zodiac

And the God of Wine is crouched down in my room
You let me down
I said it
Now I'm going down
And you're not even around
And I said no...

I can't keep it all together
I know...
I can't keep it all together

And there's a memory of a window
Looking through I see you
Searching for something
I could never give you

And there's someone who understands you
More than I do
A sadness I can't erase
All alone on your face


It's a good song for just chillin' to, though.

*How* did it get to be 2:31 AM?!
Ye Gads!
Goodnight!

~*sirepseh*~


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Rich(stupidbodhran.......)
Date: 16 Aug 00 - 11:55 AM

PLEASE, DADDY (DON'T GET DRUNK THIS CHRISTMAS).
by John Denver

Rich


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,jimhamer9@hotmail.com
Date: 07 Feb 02 - 03:36 PM

Words wanted to "please don't sell my daddy no more wine,no more wine,momma dont want him drinkin' all the time,all the time".


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Joe_F
Date: 07 Feb 02 - 06:51 PM

Mama don't want no rice, no peas, no kerosene oil,
All she wants is whisky, whisky all the time.

"PLEASE SELL NO MORE DRINK TO MY FATHER"
"Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl"

and, of course, the enormous repertoire of German beer & wine songs.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Amos
Date: 07 Feb 02 - 06:59 PM

BLUES IN THE BOTTLE
Blues in the bottle
Where do you think you're at?
You went and kicked my dog,
And now you drowned my cat!!

Mark, the song you mention is called "THE SONG OF THE TEMPERANCE UNION", and it should be in the DT. It starts out,

"We're coming, we're coming, our brave little band!
On the right side of temperance we now take out stand!!"

A


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Amos
Date: 07 Feb 02 - 07:01 PM

Ah, yes ... here it is, Mark!.

Regards,

A.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,oulmole
Date: 07 Feb 02 - 09:33 PM

1. Thanks to member/Guest (who said she's had enough of posting under own name)for posting a link to a serious Alcoholism thread. She's right, y'know. (Yeah. We know. We KNOW!)

2. "That said", as They say (whoever the hell THEY are)(now THERE's a thread!) : those who already nominated "All For Me Grog" and "Carrickfergus" beat me to the punch. So to speak. (Hey! "Jug of Punch". There ye go.) Terrific down-and-out-alkie songs, those 2. But on the more-popular irresponsible lighter note (*higher* plane?), may I add "Roisin the Bow" [Would that be ROSIN THE BEAU? --JoeClone, 30-Jan-05.], "DRINK UP THE CIDER", and "CRUISCÍN LÁN"./ (Why do we make light of this? No, nevermind. Don't answer that. We know...) -- Joe in Connecticut


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Mark Clark
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 12:18 AM

Thanks, Amos. There are more verses there than I remember hearing. I'll have to get busy.

Now if I could just get a line on that one about the WCTU. It's possible it was written by an old friend of mine and never published anywhere. I'll have to look him up and see if he remembers it.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,madwaff
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 04:30 AM

How 'bout Maddy Prior's Happy Hour Highball? (I'm never going to touch another dirnk..) think it's on the 'Changing Winds' album
madwaff


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Hilary - not logged in
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 07:31 AM

I only know the chorus to this one :

Fancy them calling it Poison,
Nasty name like POISON BEER,
Well I've drunk barrels & barrels of beer,
And it never did poison me.

Or

PREAB SAN ÓL, which tranlates to something like Drinking With Spirit or Jump into Drinking

Hilary


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: SharonA
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 10:39 AM

Unbelievable! 94 posts and nobody mentioned the Allan Sherman song, "The Drinking Man's Diet"!!!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 02:08 PM

I prefer The Bottle Is Almost Empty by Simani.

Excerpts:

But now I'm finally sober
My life's better than before

The bottle's finally empty
I think I've won the battle, Lord.
What did you do for this poor fool
Cause my cup keeps running o'er.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 02:12 PM

Then again, I guess I could put my name to that one. I always forget.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 02:22 PM

Cockersdale's "DOIN' THE MANCH"


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: JeZeBeL
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 07:22 PM

Just the one, by the levellers. I'll get you the words and post them on the thread. this involves the long task of listening to the song and writing it down!! Back in a couple of weeks!!

Jez xxx


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Desdemona
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 08:30 PM

"Trudge away quickly and fill the black bowl..." by Thomas Ravenscroft, circa early 17th c. The refrain is, "for still methinks one tooth is dry!"


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Haruo
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 10:28 PM

It's still not clear if this thread is really about songs for alcoholics, or about songs for drunks, or both. 'Tain't the same people and 'tain't the same songs, not 'tirely.

Of course for sober alcoholics both my Fremont Hymn and what Guest Hutzul, above and a year and a half ago, called Judy Henski's Salvation Army Song (I've always called it my Salvation Army Song, since I've never known whose it really was) come to mind, but the song I'm really surprised to see neither here nor in the DT is Let [Her] Sleep Under the Bar ("Her" is sometimes "Nellie"):

'Twas a cold winter's evening,
The guests were all leaving,
O'Leary was closing the bar,
When he turned 'round and said
To that lady in red,
"Go home! You can't stay where you are!"

She shed a sad tear
In her bucket of beer
As she dreamt of the cold night ahead,
When a gentleman dapper
Stepped out of the phone booth
And these are the words that he said:

Her mother never told her all the things a young girl should know,
About the ways of fancy men, and how they come and go (mostly go)...
Age has taken her beauty,
And sin has left its sad scar,
So remember your mothers and sisters, boys,
And let [her] sleep under the bar.

I'm pretty sure I learned it as a kid from the 1954 IOCA Dick/Beth Best Song Fest. And yes, there was an Esperanto version sung round the campfire at NOREK back probably about 1982, and I think printed in an ephemeral form. Some of the words are variable in my memory (not merely her/Nellie): "a sad/him a", "dreamt/thought", "told/taught", "fancy/college", at least.

Liland


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 11:41 PM

Didn't read the entire thread, so it may have been mentioned: LIVERPOOL LULLABY

O you are a mucky kid, dirty as a dustbin lid
When he finds out the things you did
You'll get a belt from your da'


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 08 Feb 02 - 11:46 PM

The only songs Jez and I know about alcoholics are rather rude and are best heard down the local pub after quite a few beers.........if you want to hear them u will have to feed us copious amounts of alcohol first!!!!

with love from two alcoholic catters!!!

Jez and Cat xxx


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,SharonA at the library
Date: 09 Feb 02 - 02:04 PM

What about "OLD BLEVINS" by the Austin Lounge Lizards?


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Tracey Dragonsfriend
Date: 10 Feb 02 - 10:54 AM

And from the rockier end of the blues line:
One Bourbon, one Scotch, and one Beer...
(You got me on ) Milk & Alcohol


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 10 Feb 02 - 08:19 PM

Christmas In the Drunk Tank, or Fairytale in New York has already been mentioned. Little Hawk's poem, has been set to music and is called The PIG AND THE INEBRIATE and also The Pig Got Up and Slowly Walked Away. One of my favorites is D.W. Washburn, an old Coaster song, but my favorite version was recorded by Mike Dowling. Also THE NIGHT I STOLE OLD SAMMY MORGAN'S GIN, by Hank Snow.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: E.T.
Date: 10 Feb 02 - 10:03 PM

old camp song - 99 bottles of beer on the wall... old vaudeville - "CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE is my name"

Don't remember the formal title:

"Landlord fill the flowing bowl, until it doth run over (2x) For tonight we'll merry be (3x) Tomorrow we'll be sober!"

FYI - Francils Willard House in Evanston, IL 60201 may have WCTU songs. They started it, after all.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Genie
Date: 03 Apr 02 - 07:27 PM

Well, I was looking thru these old "drinking song" threads because that's the theme of an upcoming song circle in San Diego, so I thought I would add a couple of mentions that are relevant to this thread:

Nancy Whiskey
Friends In Low Places
The Midnight Choir
LITTLE BROWN JUG

Genie


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR (parody)
From: GUEST,kevinhowcroft@hotmail.com
Date: 04 Apr 02 - 08:57 AM

Yup the Kippers did some fine alcoholic songs.

Drink, boys, drink, and see that you do not spill,
For if you do, you shall drink two,
For that is our master's will.

My favourite is the parody of SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR which goes in this sort of vein. Apologies to Sid and Henry if I have mistranslated from the trunch original.

My young love said to me, "My father won't mind,
And my ma won't mind either, for with drink she is blind."
As she fell down atop me this was her refrain:
"O-o-o it will not be long, love, till they're open again."

And she moved away from me and fell down the stair,
And slowly I heard her trip here and crash there,
And she went away from me one over the eight,
And like a swan in the evening, she fell into the lake.

Last night she came to me. Dead drunk she came in,
And so softly she burped, I could scarce smell the gin,
And she fell down on top me. This was her refrain:
"O-o-o it will not be long love till they're open again."


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 04 Apr 02 - 10:20 AM

One tequila, Two tequila, Three tequila......give me some more!!!!!........well perhaps JD or Vodka!!!!

cat


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: The Walrus at work
Date: 04 Apr 02 - 12:39 PM

This is definitely songs for drunks (not for alcoholics)
Someone beat me to "Champagne Charlie", so I'll add the music Hall song "Another Little Drink (Won't do us any harm)" or one snippet I picked up from my late Father "More Beer and Bugger the Band of Hope!" or from the Great War "BOOZING, Boozing, Boozing (always bloody-well boozing)" or "DRUNK LAST NIGHT".

Walrus


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Gareth
Date: 04 Apr 02 - 01:22 PM

Sureley "One tequila, Two tequila, Three tequila, FLOOR !"

Gareth

PS Is it me being ignorant but we seem to have missed,
"CIGARETTES, WHISKEY AND WILD WILD WOMEN"


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Bobert
Date: 04 Apr 02 - 02:18 PM

Danged, howz about ol Tom T. Hall's "I LIKE BEER" which started out something like...ahhh..."In some of my songs I have casually mentioned, the fact that I like to drink beer."

Or the old blues song that Badboy George Thorogood rerecorded entitled "One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer" or the one he probably penned himself "I Drink Alone"...

Then there was one that Conway Twitty wrote. I can't remember the name but the chorus was: "I've been too busy drinking, She's been too busy thinking, About the man dadadada... And the man she never sees... Lord's she's allready stood for...More than I was ever good for... And this time I've hurt her more than she loves me."


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Genie
Date: 04 Apr 02 - 03:02 PM

Gareth,

Isn't it
"Cigareets, and Whuskey, and Wild Wild Women ? " [That's the way the main guy who recorded it pronounced it, anyway.]

Also, I forgot
"Jose Cuervo [You Are A Friend Of Mine]

Genie


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 04 Apr 02 - 06:05 PM

I'd rather have cigarettes,whiskey and wild wild MEN Garreth!!!!


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Subject: Lyr Add: A Song of Water
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 07:38 AM

Mentioned earlier in the thread, but not quoted (or found in DT):

A SONG OF WATER
(adapted from the Platt-Deutsch) by Lord Neaves

(Intro.)
I'm very fond of water
And I drink it noon and night;
Not Rechab's son or daughter
Had therein more delight.

(Verse 1)
I breakfast on it daily,
And nectar it doth seem,
When once I've mix'd it gaily
With sugar and with cream
But I forgot to mention,-
That in it first I see,
Infused or in suspension,
Good Mocha or Bohea,
Infused or in suspension,
Good Mocha or Bohea,
(the last two lines of each verse should be repeated in this fashion)

(Chorus which follows each verse, including the last.)
I'm very fond of water
And I drink it noon and night.

(Verse 2)
At luncheon, too, I drink it,
And strength it seems to bring;
When really good, I think it
A liquor for a King.
But I forgot to mention,-
'Tis best to be sincere,-
I use an old invention
That makes it into Beer.

(Verse 3)
I drink it, too, at dinner,
I quaff it full and free,
And find, as I'm a sinner,
It does not disagree.
But I forgot to mention,
As thus I drink and dine,
To obviate distentsion
I join some Sherry Wine

(Verse 4)
And then, when dinner's over,
And business far away,
I find myself in clover,
And drink my eau sucrée.
But I forgot to mention,
To give the glass a smack,
I add, with due attention,
Glenlivet or Cognac.

(Verse 5)
At last, when evening closes,
With something nice to eat,
The best of sleeping doses
In water still I meet.
But I forgot to mention,
I think it not a sin, To cheer the day's declension
By pouring in some gin.


Notes: found in The Scottish Students Song Book (6th edition) 1897. Where the words were re-printed "by kind permission of Messrs William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh"
Music is given as by "Dr. T W Drinkwater" (There again, as the same source gives the music for Abdul the Bulbul Amir as by "Ali Baba" I feel we may be seeing some student humour slipping in here!)

NP

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Allan Dennehy
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 09:33 AM

Shane Mc Gowans "That womans got me drinkin"

Dean Martin sang "LITTLE OLE WINE DRINKER ME"

Steve Earles "Copperhead Road"


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Mike
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 10:00 AM

Did anyone mention "THE TWO-HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD ALCOHOLIC"?


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Wolfgang
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 10:19 AM

'Le vin' by Georges Brassens

Wolfgang


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Subject: Lyr Add: LE VIN (Georges Brassens)
From: Wolfgang
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 10:26 AM

LE VIN
(Georges Brassens)

Avant de chanter
Ma vie, de fair' des
Harangues
Dans ma gueul' de bois
J'ai tourné sept fois
Ma langue
J'suis issu de gens
Qui étaient pas du gen-
re sobre
On conte que j'eus
La tétée au jus
D'octobre...

Mes parents on dû
M'trouver au pied d'u-
ne souche
Et non dans un chou
Comm' ces gens plus ou
Moins louches
En guise de sang
( O noblesse sans
Pareille! )
Il coule en mon cœur
La chaude liqueur
D'la treille...

Quand on est un sa-
ge, et qu'on a du sa-
voir-boire
On se garde à vue
En cas de soif, u-
ne poire
Une poire ou deux
Mais en forme de
Bonbonne
Au ventre replet
Rempli du bon lait
D'l'automne...

Jadis, aux Enfers
Cert's, il a souffert
Tantale
Quand l'eau refusa
D'arroser ses a-
mygdales
Etre assoiffé d'eau
C'est triste, mais faut
Bien dire
Que, l'être de vin
C'est encore vingt
Fois pire...

Hélas! il ne pleut
Jamais du gros bleu
Qui tache
Qu'ell's donnent du vin
J'irai traire enfin
Les vaches
Que vienne le temps
Du vin coulant dans
La Seine!
Les gens, par milliers
Courront y noyer
Leur peine...

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Deda
Date: 12 Jul 02 - 03:27 PM

I may have missed a few spots but I didn't see anyone mention " I'M GONNA HIRE A WINO TO DECORATE OUR HOME". More about the effects of drinking on the drinker's family. Then that old mining song, "It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mines", has a verse about drunks -

Like a fiend with his dope or a drunkard his wine
A man must have lust for the lure of the mine


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: vectis
Date: 13 Jul 02 - 02:22 PM

CHEVALIERS DE LA TABLE RONDE
Sussex toast
LET UNION BE IN ALL OUR HEARTS
Most of my other ones have been mentioned by others.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 13 Jul 02 - 04:17 PM

Hard to believe no one has mentioned BEHIND THOSE SWINGING DOORS.

And at the Rosenmontag (Rose Monday, end of Fasching I believe) parade in Munich in 1955 I learned this scrap, given here in my best attempt at the German:

Mir schmeckt kein Rosenkohl
Mir schmeckt kein Blumenkohl
Mir schmeckt kein Sauerkohl
Mir schmeckt nur alkohol!

which is to say something like:

I don't like brussels sprouts
I don't like ??? (another of the brassica family)
I don't like sour cabbage
I only like alcohol!

You need to know that "kohl" is cabbage in German.

Maybe somebody with better command of German can improve my spelling and my translation.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 13 Jul 02 - 04:23 PM

A GREAT song for the alcohol/singing fraternity is "Billy Brink", lyrics posted by Spaw in November 2000. I don't see the "birdy" that would indicate that it's been harvested, but maybe I'm not looking right. In any case, you can find it with a forum search.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Leadfingers
Date: 13 Jul 02 - 05:19 PM

Robin Laing's CD The Angels Share is all songs about Whisky-Some of his own and some old classics like Shel Silverstein's Whisky and Women


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL
From: alinact
Date: 13 Jul 02 - 05:43 PM

Someone mentioned a Richard Thompson song earlier on. Here's another of RT's.

DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL
Richard Thompson
Transcribed by Phil Saunders

(Capo 3rd fret to play with record. Song is recorded in Bb, but written here in G)
G
See the boys out walking
C G
The boys who look so fine
C G
Dressed up in green velvet
C G
Their silver buckles shine
G
Soon they'll be bleary-eyed
D C
Under a keg of wine

CHORUS
C/G D
Down where the drunkards roll
C/G D
Down where the drunkards roll
See that lover standing
Staring at the ground
He's looking for the real thing
Lies were all he found
You can get the real thing
It will only cost a pound

There goes a troubled woman
She dreams a troubled dream
She lives out on the highway
She keeps her money clean
Soon she'll be returning
To the place where she's the queen

You can be a gambler
Who never drew a hand
You can be a sailor
Who never left dry land
You can be Lord Jesus
All the world will understand

Allan


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: masato sakurai
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 01:45 PM

Look at the cover illustration of Papa, Don't Drink Any More, written by Arthur W. French and music by Chas. D. Blake (1874) (Also at Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885).

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 02:27 PM

"They Oughta Name a Drink After You" - John Prine

"I GOTTA GET DRUNK (AND I SURE DO DREAD IT)" - Willie Nelson

"One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" - George Thorogood

"I Like Beer (It Makes Me a Jolly Good Fellow)" - Tom T. Hall

And there's the verse in Si Kahn's "Wild Rose of the Mountain":

Whiskey from that white oak barrel, sure do make good liquor
Makes the night seem twice as bright and the day go by much quicker

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Leeder
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 03:05 PM

Hamish Imlach wrote one with the refrain "As usual!". I don't know if hat was the title or not. I'll go looking. Hamish wrote of what he knew, I'm sure.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Leeder
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 03:10 PM

"AS USUAL" is on Hamish Imlach's recording "Ballads of Booze", although it appears he didn't write it.

A whole CD devoted to what you're looking for...


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Malachy
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 06:52 PM

Rich (stupidbodhran) just reminded me of 'Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Xmas'. My sister and I used to sing it around Christmas time as a bit of a piss-take.....but it used to go down really well. What about Squeezes'....'When The Hangover Strikes'? Not very folky tho....and maybe alcoholics dont get hangovers......


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILDCATS HOWLIN' (Glen Reid)
From: GUEST,Glen Reid
Date: 14 Jul 02 - 07:36 PM

Here's an excerpt from the chorus of a song I wrote and recorded, called "WILDCATS HOWLIN'." Tongue in cheek!

In the shadow of the moonlight
In the glow of the firelight
Cooking up the moonshine, so fine
And we run a little brew
And we sip a little brew...

Hey look at the fire, its brimstone burnin'
What's that smell, the breath of Satan?
Well you work that still, through the night
Cook that brew, 'n' hear the cries of the...

Wildcats howlin' in the pale moonlight
Wildcats screamin' in the quiet of the evening
Devil in the brew, and we drink to the demons
And the god-awful howlin' in the quiet of the moonlight


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Joe_F
Date: 15 Jul 02 - 06:48 PM

"Chevaliers de la table ronde" (in the DT) expresses the wish to be buried in a wine cellar, two feet against the wall & head under the spigot.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,northfolk/whose cookie has crumbled
Date: 15 Jul 02 - 07:46 PM

The lyric I find most poignant is from a song by Charlie King on his "FOOD, PHONE, GAS and LODGING", album... [He Couldn't Let Go]... listen and see if you don't see a friend....


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,IB
Date: 16 Jul 02 - 06:01 AM

Red Wine and Promises by Lal Waterson


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHILE I WAS OUT A DRINKING (from Bodleian
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 10:07 AM

I ran across this while looking for something else, and I found it so charming, I thought I'd add it here. If you want to sing it, I suppose you'll have to work up your own tune.

From Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, Harding B 11(4149)

WHILE I WAS OUT A DRINKING
Pitts, Printer toy Warehouse 6 Grea[t] St Andrew streeter [sic], 7 Dials [London]
[between 1819 and 1844]

On Monday morning, I rose at eight
And in a queerish raking.
The over [?] night I'd been out late.
I found my head was aching.
"Old girl," says I, "I'm rather queer.
I feel my spirits sinking."
Says she, "I hope today, my dear,
You won't go out a drinking."

CHORUS: Whiddlem twiddlem, diddlee diddlem
Whacky ti wheedle, whoedle.

"Depend," said I, "by all above,
I mean to keep quite steady.
I'll go and have a cooler, love,
While you get breakfast ready."
But when I got unto the fleece,
I met my cousin Jenkin.
We had two goes of rum apiece.
Thinks I, this looks like drinking.

Now when I'm out upon the fly,
I never care for victuals.
Says I, "I know a ground just by.
Let's have a game at skittles."
But though he did begin to chaff,
I floor'd the pins like winking.
I won six pots of half-and-half
While I was out a drinking.

Now, having knock'd the pins about
For heavy and blue ruin,
My gentle creature found me out.
I heard the storm a brewing.
She said, while giving me such cracks
That set my eyes a winking,
"I'll sarve you out, my cock-o-wax,
For going out a drinking."

Misfortunes seldom comes alone,
And that you are aware of,
And so I think with me you'll own
That day I had my share of.
My nose had got a woeful knotch
And both my eyes were blinking.
Besides, some rascals stole my watch
While I was out a drinking.

But mark: my troubles didn't end
By losing of my ticker.
I in the station house got penn'd,
Being for the worse for liquor.
In a dirty hole they shov'd me down,
So dirty, dark and stinking.
Next morn, they made me drop a crown
For going out a drinking.

Now all you that take a drain at night,
Oh, take this friendly warning:
Keep out of the policemen's sight
Or you'll have to tip next morning.
But if you must go on the spree,
Away from business shrinking,
I wish you better luck than me
When you go out a drinking.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 12:20 PM

Loudon Wainwright IIIs 'White Winos'... Off his album, The Last Man on Earth....

"Sunday AM Coming Down", from Kris Kristofferson... the best hangover song ever


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Songster Bob
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 09:52 PM

"SEVEN BEERS WITH THE WRONG WOMAN" is one I like to sing.

And Bennett Hammond wrote a good anti-drinking song that I disremember except for the line in the first verse about how drinking songs would be more true-to-life "if they mentioned pissing on your shoes."

Bob


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE REEL OF THE FLICKERING LIGHT (Moore)
From: GUEST,annemc
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 04:31 AM

As mentioned in a thread above - the hallucinations of an alcoholic. Song by Christie Moore.

THE REEL OF THE FLICKERING LIGHT

As I was walkin' home one evenin'--
I know this takes some believin'--
I met a group of creatures
With the strangest lookin' features:
A poor old dog with a worm and a weed,
And a fine old pigeon, yes indeed.
Daddy Longlegs jumped up sprightly
And danced a reel of the flickering light.

CHORUS: Oh, round we go, heel to the toe.
Daddy Longlegs jumped up sprightly,
And danced in the reel of the flickering light.

On his thin and wispy spindles,
He was deft and he was nimble.
His eyes were scientific,
And his dancin' was terrific.
The rats and the worms they made a din,
And the nettles in the corner took it in.
"Oh, God!" says I. "Tonight's the night.
We'll dance to the reel in the flickering light." CHORUS

Then he looked at me directly
With a gaze that could dissect me,
And he asked me in a whisper,
"Have you got any sisters?"
"Good God Almighty!" says I to him.
"What sort of a man do you think I am?
I've only one and she's not your type.
She wouldn't dance a reel in the flickering light." CHORUS

Says he, "Does she come from another planet?
Does she have a bee in her bonnet?
Does she do her daily duties?
You never know we might be suited."
And the rats and the worms began to laugh
And some of them started shufflin' off.
"We're going to have some fun tonight
Gettin' ready for the reel in the flickering light." CHORUS

I could see he had no scruples
When I looked into his pupils.
They were purple or magenta
Like a statue during Lent.
I said, "I'll get her right away."
"Good man," says he. "Now don't delay.
We're goin' to have some fun tonight."
Then he flipped his legs in the flickering light. CHORUS

Then up stepped a red carnation
And they gave her an ovation.
She was warm and enchantin'
As she slowly started dancin',
And the bright auld pigeon peeled his eye,
And the nettles and the weeds began to sigh.
Daddy Longlegs said, "My, oh my!
Are we ready for the reel in the flickering light?" CHORUS

She was gentle, she was charmin',
And I heard him call her Darlin'.
He was graceful as a whisper
On his delicate legs of silver,
And the rats and the worms were still as mice,
And the poor auld pigeon said, "That's nice:
A shimmering veil of a lovely bride."
And they danced to the reel in the flickering light. CHORUS (x2)


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Subject: Lyr Add: DANNY FARRELL (Pete St. John)
From: GUEST,annemc
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 04:38 AM

This song is seriously about the alcoholic:

DANNY FARRELL (by Pete St. John)

I knew Danny Farrell when his football was a can
With his hand-me-downs and Welliers and his sandwiches of bran;
But now that pavement peasant is a full grown bitter man
With all the trials and troubles of his travelling people's clan.

CHORUS: He's a loser, a boozer, a me and you user,
A raider, a trader, a people police hater.
So lonely and only, what you'd call a gurrier,
Still now, Danny Farrell, he's a man.

I knew Danny Farrell when he joined the National School.
He was lousy at the Gaelic. They'd call him amadán - a fool.
He was brilliant in the toss school by trading objects in the pawn.
By the time he was an adult, all his charming ways had gone.

I knew Danny Farrell when we queued up for the dole,
And he tried to hide the loss of pride that eats away the soul.
But mending pots and kettles is a trade lost in the past.
"There's no hand-out here for tinkers," was the answer when he asked. CHORUS

I still know Danny Farrell, saw him just there yesterday
Taking methylated spirits with some winos on the quay.
Oh, he's forty going on eighty, with his eyes of hope bereft,
And he told me this for certain: there's not many of us left. CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOOD LIQUOR GONNA CARRY ME DOWN (Broonzy)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 09:43 AM

Transcribed from the sound file at Public Domain 4U: (Broonzy is backed up by some great blues piano on this recording.)

GOOD LIQUOR GONNA CARRY ME DOWN
(Bill Broonzy)

Now, I knowed a little girl 'bout sixteen years ol'.
She said, "Bill, stop drinkin' an' I will satisfy your soul,"
But I just keep on a-drinkin'. Yes, I keep on drinkin'.
Yeah, I just keep on a-drinkin' till good liquor carry me down.

Now, my woman told me, 'bout fifteen years ago,
"Bill, you gon' drink one these mornin's an' you'll never drink no mo',"
But I will just keep on a-drinkin'. Yes, I keep on drinkin'.
Yeah, I just keep on a-drinkin' till good liquor carry me down.

Now, I wake up in the mornin' hold'n' a bottle tight.
When I lay down at night, Mama, just a gallon out of sight, (?)
Because I just keep on a-drinkin'. Yes, I keep on drinkin'.
Now, I just keep on a-drinkin' till good liquor carry me down.

Yes, I went to the doctor with my head in my hands.
The doctor said, "Big Bill, I think I'll have to give you monkey glands,
Because you just keep on a-drinkin'." Yes, I keep on drinkin'.
I'm 'onna keep on a-drinkin' till good liquor carry me down.

Now, my woman tol' me to stop drinkin', an' come on home.
Say, "If you don't, Big Bill, some other man gwine carry your business on."
But I'm just gwine to keep on a-drinkin'. Yes, I'm 'on' keep on drinkin'.
I'm just gwine to keep on a-drinkin' till good liquor carry me down.

[The dialect fascinates me. This is one of very few instances where I've actually heard the word "gwine." Notice how many other ways he pronounces "going to" – gon', 'onna, 'on'. I didn't try to represent these pronunciations in the text because I thought it would be too confusing: "Now" is pronounced "nowd." "Carry" is one syllable: "car'."

[Broonzy's recording is available on several collections. Also recorded by Paul Geremia on "Gamblin' Woman Blues."]


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Subject: Lyr Add: FOU THE NOO (Harry Lauder)
From: Bert
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 12:32 PM

Here's a good one from the Sir Harry Lauder website

"Fou the Noo"
or (Something In The Bottle For The Morning)
by Gerald Grafton and Harry Lauder


I just come frae a weddin', or a fun'ral,
A christ'nin' or somethin' of the kind,
And the stuff that I've been drinkin' took my noodle,
And to what or where I've been I can na mind.
I feel as brave as any highway robber;
I've the courage of a dozen men the noo;
I'm a miserable devil when I'm sober
But I'm very, very happy when I'm fou!

CHORUS: And I'm fou the noo! absolutely fou!
But I adore the country I was born in.
My name is Jock McGraw and I dinna care a straw
For I've somethin' in the bottle for the mornin'
And I'm fou the noo! absolutely fou!
But I adore the country I was born in.
My name is Jock McGraw and I dinna care a straw
for I've somethin' in the bottle for the mornin'!

2. If ye take a Five Pound Note to light your pipe with;
If ye think a bassinette's a motor car;
If ye lift the doormat up to wipe your nose with,
If you're in your hoose and don't know where you are;
If you kiss a policeman and say "Hoo dearly,
My dearest darlin' pet hoo, I love you"
Well then that denotes conclusively and clearly.
That, like me, ma freen's, yer absolutely fou! CHORUS

3. I felt quite mad when coming roon the corner,
A lamp post struck me richt between the eyes!
Ma blood got up I wanted to be fighting,
Because the thing did not apologize.
Just after that I tumbled oe'r a doorstep,
"Thieves!" "Murder!" and "Police!" I cried,
but I'm goin' to make the owner compensate me,
for his negligence in leaving it outside.

Patter (spoken) Yes, but at the same time the burnin' question is , when is a man fou? Eh? Of course, the cheaper the whiskey, the greater the burnin' question. The wife will swear whe I go home that I've been drinkin'. Would you notice I've been drinkin', eh? As I was comin' along the street th' noo, I met a half-cousin of the wife's : you "know one of these Dr. Dowie-chaps". said he "John! I'm surprised at you. are you aware the wicked stand on slippery places?"
"Well!" said I, "you should be just like me - keep slidin' along, and there's no fear of you"
Said he, "You are not fit for any society!"
Said I, "That's a lie the wife has me in the Prudential."
Ya see th' bird I've got in ma hand? (holding chicken up by the neck). D'ye know the way I got it? Ma hat blew off and I chased this for half-an-hour!

CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Snuffy
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 07:01 PM

Looks like we just missed St Vincents day (22 Jan). According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable he is the patron saint of drunkards. This being a very arduous office, he has to share it with St Martin, who took on the task because his day (Nov 11) was formerly the Vinalia or feast of Bacchus.

Who but us drunkards could deserve two patron saints, and hence two golden excuses for a piss-up?


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 01:32 AM

And BOTH at the same end of the year...


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Subject: Lyr Add: I AM NEVER GOING TO DRINK AGAIN
From: alanabit
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 02:56 AM

Merle Haggard's "THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN" is probably my favourite song about a compulsive drinker. I also like a song called "Sick, Sober and Sorry," of which I have a recording by Sourdough Slim and Blackie. My own offering, "I Am Never Going To Drink Again," has regrettably not been taken up by the temperance movement.

I AM NEVER GOING TO DRINK AGAIN

Oh what a horrible feeling! I can hardly move my head.
My mouth is dry. I've got two red eyes. I fear I'm almost dead.
But at least that's some improvement – if my legs don't give.
In my neck, at last there's movement,
And I'm no longer scared I'll live...but

        I'm never going to drink again.
        I'm never going to drink again.
        Can't move me head. It feels like lead.
        It gives me too much pain.
        I'm never going to drink again.
        I'm never going to drink again.
        So until tonight when a pub is in sight,
        I'm never going to drink again.

The alarm clock has started drilling a hangover into my brain.
I'm going to smash it, then, God willing,
I'm going back to sleep again.
But first a couple of aspirin – I think I'll take before....
Excuse me now. I'm gasping.... I think I'm going to ... once more

        I'm never going to drink again.
        Can't move me head. It feels like lead.
        It gives me too much pain.
        I'm never going to drink again.
        I'm never going to drink again.
        So until tonight when a pub is in sight,
        I'm never going to drink again.

Last night has just about cured me. it pushed me over the edge.
I don't know how my girlfriend endured me.
I think I'll sign the pledge.
(spoken) No, I won't go that far.
From now on, I'll drink in moderation,
For my symptoms have gone down.
That calls for a small celebration,
So tonight I'll hit the town.

        I was never going to drink again.
        Couldn't move me head. It felt like lead.
        It gave me too much pain.
        I was never going to drink again.
        I was never going to drink again.
        So until tonight when a pub is in sight,
        I'm never going to drink again.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Snuffy
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 09:52 AM

Supersearch is down, but I think the Kipper Family's Are You Dry may be in the Cat somewhere

Are you dry? Are you dry?
Or will you go to hell where you will fry?
We are the little troop
Who will make the brewers droop
When they hear our battle cry
Are you dry?


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALKIE'S LAMENT
From: Wrinkles
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 02:07 PM

Rather than being about "songs for alcoholics," this thread seems on the whole more like "drinking songs," so I thought I'd redress the balance with this little number I wrote about my recovery from alcoholism. It's got a bluesy/country feel to it.

ALKIE'S LAMENT

1. I woke up in this hospital bed.
All I know is the pain in my head.
Don't know how I got here; don't know how I came.
I'm back in the DT ward again.
Maybe I was busted after a fight,
Or a Samaritan's kindness to me in the night.
Who really knows? Who gives a damn?
I've ended up here all the same.
The doc says I'm dyin'.
She says she's quite sure
If I don't quit the drinkin', I'll be dead for sure.
Gives me an injection then puts me right out of her mind.

[Refrain:] And Lord, I miss my mama, and I want my teddy bear.
But both were lost, long time ago. They're memories in the air;
And Lord, I feel like dyin' but I don't wanna die alone,
Yet I've never found a single place that feels like I belong.

2. My bed is awash with my blood and my sweat.
I shake with a violence that ain't over yet.
My bowels and my belly don't know they are mine,
And my eyes cannot focus no more;
But I can still see the contempt in their eyes.
I put on a brave face but I wanna cry
When I hear, "Trash from the gutter," "an alkie," "a drunk."
Truth hurts when it burns in your ears.
For God knows I've tried, ten times or more,
But when each day before me's a tedious chore,
I only pass though it by drownin' my pain
And runnin' away from the night.

[Refrain]

3. I lie here and wonder what's worth livin' for
And remember the days when I was so young and sure.
Before I found my bottle, my treacherous friend,
Who steals while he's takin' away.
Now the junkies and whores look down on me
And the hobos avoid my company,
And even this place says I've blown my last chance,
And they will not treat me again.
Dear God, one more chance! I'll try very hard
If you can forgive me all my false starts.
Lord, I don't wanna die, with all that I've done,
Still hangin' guilty on me.

[Final refrain:] And Lord I miss my mama, and I want my teddy bear.
But both were lost, long time ago. They're memories in the Air;
And Lord I feel like dyin' but I don't wanna die alone,
Yet I've never found a single place that feels like I belong.
Yet I've never found a single place that feels like I belong.

FINIS

And lest I be accused of being a downer I'll share this little ditty I learned from that great tunemaster Osmosis;

I wish I could drink like a Lady,
But I can only have two at the most.
Three puts me under the table,
And four puts me under the host!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 07:11 PM

Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: fogie
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 01:02 PM

Len Graham sung a good song called "whisky o whisky" youve led me astray- anybody got the words


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,DHL
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 02:26 PM

Richard Thompson wrote a song called "God Loves a Drunk" Norma Waterson sings it on a solo album. Not sure of the CD name but it can be located on the Waterson/Carthy website.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 07:23 PM

Add in the Irish cautionary tale "THE JUICE OF THE BARLEY".

and Mike Harding's "I ain't Gonna Drink No More", which expresses the results in a tight little chorus:-

Hughie Hughie Hughie Hughie, Ruth Ruth Ruth,
Hughie Hughie Hughie Hughie, Ruth Ruth Ruth,
Oh man, I ain't gonna drink,
I ain't gonna drink no more.


Don T.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Les from Hull
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 07:30 PM

Fogie - the song you might want is 'Whiskey, you're the devil'

And while I'm here, my favourite alcosong is Loudon Wainwright's WINE WITH DINNER.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 07:56 PM

Forgive me if I list any already cited, but I think these are new to this thread.

Whiskey You're the Devil, The Parting Glass - easiest found by Clancy Bros.. who also recorded any number of other good boozers, as did Patrick Galvin, A.L.Lloyd and others from the eastern side of the water.
Cruiskeen Lawn
Let Her Sleep Under the Bar
No More Booze - it's in Sandburg, maybe as Fireman Save My Child
The Stout Family (Glorious, Glorious)
Quartermaster's Corps
Never Get Drunk No More...

and also the classic recitation, "Last Night I Decided To Give Up Drinking," which was recorded in a shortened and somewhat dulled-down version by Johnny Bond as TEN LITTLE BOTTLES.

However, I agree, we're largely suggesting songs for drinkers and drunks. Songs for alcoholics per se is a much different and more disenchanted group. What about "Morning-After" songs? "Kicking-the-Habit" songs? More to the point, what exactly IS a "song for alcoholics" apart from drinking & drunk songs?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WINE SONG (Grant Baynham)
From: JennyO
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 10:56 PM

"The Parting Glass" a song for alcoholics? That's stretching it a bit!

Now here's one I have posted before. It's about getting drunk, and it's very funny. I think it's worth adding to this thread:

THE WINE SONG

by Grant Baynham   

There are those who like their wine
Because it adds sophistication
To that hearty meal they're serving to their friends.
And there are those who like their wine
Because it helps in the creation
Of that party feel on which so much depends.
And there are those who'd like their wine
To come from eastward-facing chateaux
On the plateaux of Lorraine and all that bunk
But their motives are not mine
And I like lots and lots of wine
And I like it 'cos it makes me drunk.

There are those who take a glass
Because it helps them to relax
They find it helps their social manner to improve
Well, that's a jolly useful scheme
Which I have taken to its logical extreme:
I sometimes get so well-relaxed I can't move
And there's another kind of fellow
Drinks champagne to make him mellow
And he swears by Cliquot, Bollinger and Brut
Well, I tried some Brut meself
I found it on the bathroom shelf
And he was right: it got me mellow as a newt.

You can judge your wine by the quality of the vine,
Its colour and bouquet and all that junk.
But it all comes back to the falling over factor
And the fact that it gets you drunk.

There are those who like to think
That it's important what you drink
They haven't got an inkling what it's all about
They spend their evenings wasting
Decent drinking time by tasting
Drops of this and that, then spitting it all out.
They pass along the tables
Strewth, they even read the labels
Muttering things like, "What a shame
The cork has shrunk"
Or "fruity nose" or "too much tannin"
When they ought to get a man in
Who appreciates the chance to get drunk.


They waste their time describing
What they ought to be imbibing
Which is wine of course, although you'd never think it.
'Cos they use words like "young but promising, "
"Precocious," "full of fun";
You'd think they were going to adopt the stuff
Not drink it.
And at a meal these silly asses
Have a row of empty glasses
A different wine with every dish they eat.
Me, I mix whatever's handy
In a stiff, all-purpose shandy
Which goes very nice with fish or Shredded Wheat.

You can judge your wine by the quality of the vine
Its colour and bouquet and all that junk
But it all comes back to the falling over factor
And the fact that it gets you drunk

And there are those who take delight
Pronouncing all the labels right
They roll their r's and do those German glottals.
Me, I couldn't give a monkey's
'Cos the stuff for getting drunk is
On the inside not the outside of the bottles
So if you have a cheese and wine
Invite your friendly Philistine
Call me drunkard, call me sot
Or call me wino. What do I know?
You'll find me in the kitchen
I'll be giggerlin' and twitchin'
Having a sup and throwing up
Across your lino

You can judge your wine by the quality of the vine
Its colour and bouquet, if you insist…
But it all comes back to the falling over factor
And the fact that it gets you
Misty-eyed and mellow, gets you
Maudlin, mawkish, miserable and PISSED!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 11:33 PM

Carrickfergus and NOTTINGHAM ALE


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Brandy
Date: 29 Jan 05 - 01:27 AM

Don't forget "...HAVE SOME MADEIRA, M'DEAR...
It's surely much better than beer...."
B!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Enderby
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 08:52 PM

'Yes I guess they oughta name a drink after you' by John Prine from Diamonds in the Rough.

'Farewell to Whiskey' sung by Dave Gaughan, don't know who wrote it though....


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOD LOVES A DRUNK (Richard Thompson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Feb 05 - 11:13 PM

Mentioned by Oggie above:

Lyrics copied from MySongBook.de

GOD LOVES A DRUNK
(Richard Thompson)

Will there be any bartenders up there in Heaven?
Will the pubs never close? Will the glass never drain?
No more D.T.s and no shakes and no horrors,
And the very next morning you feel right as rain.

But God loves a drunk, the lowest of men,
Like the dogs in the street and the pigs in the pen;
But a drunk's only trying to get free from his body,
And he soars like an eagle high up there in heaven,
And his shouts and his curses are just hymns and praises
To kick-start his mind now and then.

God loves a drunk. Come raise up your glasses. Amen.

Does God really care for your life in the suburbs?
A dull little life full of dull little things,
And bring up the babies to be just like Daddy,
And maybe you'll be there when He gives out the wings.

But God loves a drunk, although he's a fool,
And he wets in his pants, and he falls off his stool,
And he can't hear the insults and whispers go by him
As he leans in the doorway and sings 'Sally Rackett',
And he can't feel the cold rain beat down on his body
And soak through his clothes to the skin.

God loves a drunk. Come raise up your glasses. Amen.

Will there be any pen pushers up there in Heaven?
Does clerking and wage-slaving win you God's love?
I pity you worms with your semis and pensions
If you think that'll get you to the kingdom above.

But God loves a drunk, although he's a clown,
And you can't help but laugh as he gags and falls down,
And he don't give a curse for what people think of him,
And he screams at his demons alone in the darkness.
He's staying alive for just one more pint bottle.
Won't you throw him a few pennies, friend?

God loves a drunk, for ever and ever. Amen.

(As sung by Norma Waterson)


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: thespionage
Date: 21 Feb 05 - 01:06 AM

Although not a folk song, "Master of the House" from Herbert Kretzmer's English translation of the pop opera Les Misérables is great on the topic of drinking.

Russ


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: MAG
Date: 21 Feb 05 - 12:05 PM

Van Morrison also did one about working the 12 steps -- can't remember the name of the recording off the top of my head.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Davetnova
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 03:14 AM

to the tune Love Me Tender


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 09:19 PM

I found this list posted at another forum: http://ilx.wh3rd.net/thread.php?msgid=2062844 (and I tidied it up a bit).

$500 Bottle of Wine (Fall)
A Drunk Can't Be a Man (Merle Haggard)
All That Wine Is Gone (Big Jay McNeely)
Alligator Wine (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
Baptize Me in Wine (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
Bartender's Blues (George Jones)
Beer Drinkin' Woman (Memphis Slim)
Bloody Mary Morning (Willie Nelson)
Blues in the Bottle (Holy Modal Rounders)
Booze in the Bottle (Carter Brothers)
Booze, Tobacco (Butthole Surfers)
Bottles and Barstools (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Buddy Stay off That Wine (Betty Hall Jones)
Champagne and Wine (Otis Redding)
Cocktails for Two (Art Tatum)
Daddy's Drinking Up Our Christmas (Commander Cody)
Daddy's Moonshine Still (Dolly Parton)
Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) (Loretta Lynn)
Don't Drink That Wine (NWA)
Don't Take My Whiskey Away (Wynonie Harris)
Down Where the Drunkards Roll (Richard & Linda Thompson)
Drink Too Much (Macka B)
Drink Up and Be Somebody (Merle Haggard)
Drinkin' by Myself (Wynonie Harris)
Drinkin' CV Wine (Howlin' Wolf)
Drinkin' Sherry Wine (Wynonie Harris)
Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Drunk Country (Midfield General)
Drunk on the Moon (Tom Waits)
Drunked Hearted Man (Robert Johnson)
Gin House Blues (Bessie Smith, Nina Simone)
Gin Soaked Boy (Tom Waits)
Give Me Yo' Most Strongest Whisky (Denise LaSalle)
Happy Hour (Ted Hawkins)
Heartaches and Hangovers (George Jones)
Heaven Was a Drink of Wine (Merle Haggard)
Hittin' the Bottle Again (John Lee Hooker)
Honky Tonk Song (George Jones)
Honky Tonk Wine (Jerry Lee Lewis)
I Ain't Drunk (Jimmy Liggins)
I Don't Wanna Sober Up Tonight (Merle Haggard)
I Drink and Gamble (James Brown)
I Gotta Get Drunk (George Jones, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson)
I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink (Merle Haggard)
If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will) (George Jones)
I'll Give You Something to Drink About (George Jones)
I'll Leave the Bottle on the Bar (Merle Haggard)
I'm Not Drinking Any More (I'm Not Drinking Any Less) (Chris Wall)
Jockey Full of Bourbon (Tom Waits)
Last Orders (Fall)
Last Orders Please (Faces)
Me and My Gin (Dinah Washington)
Misery and Gin (Merle Haggard)
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (John Lee Hooker)
One for My Baby (Frank Sinatra)
One Mint Julep (Louis Prima, Clovers, Ray Charles)
Pink Champagne That Left Me Feeling Blue (Joe Liggins)
Quiet Whiskey (Wynonie Harris)
Red, Red Wine (Tony Tribe)
Sally, Where'd You Get Your Whiskey? (Reverend Gary Davis)
Sloppy Drunk Blues and Straight Alcy Blues (Leroy Carr)
Snake Bite (Denim)
Straight No Chaser (Thelonious Monk)
Streams of Whiskey (Pogues)
Sunday Morning Coming Down (Willie Nelson)
Sweet Was the Wine (Impressions, Persuasions)
Swinging Doors (Merle Haggard)
Tennessee Whiskey (George Jones)
The Bottle (Tammy Wynette)
The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea (Louvin Brothers)
The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) (Tom Waits)
The Price on the Bottle (Louvin Brothers)
The Warm Red Wine (George Jones)
There Stands the Glass (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Tom Drunk (U-Roy)
Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen) (Tom Waits)
Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard, Elvis Costello)
Two More Bottles of Wine (Delbert McClinton)
Warm Beer and Cold Women (Tom Waits)
What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Whiskey and Wimmen (John Lee Hooker)
Whiskey in the Jar (Thin Lizzy)
Whiskey Made Me Drunk (Rosco Gordon)
Whiskey River (Willie Nelson)
White Lightnin' (George Jones)
Why Am I Drinkin' (Merle Haggard)
Wine Spodee-O-Dee (Lightnin' Hopkins)
Wine Wine Sweet Wine (Wynonie Harris)
Wine Women and Rock 'n' Roll (Swamp Dogg)
Wino the Clown (George Jones)
Yesterday's Wine (George Jones)
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk (Pet Shop Boys)


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Severn
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 10:14 PM

I found an LP in a library sale recently by The American Music Group, a student chorus at ths U. of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)!?!?!
of nothing but temperance music, gleaned from the Womens Christian Temperance Union Francis Willard Library For Alchohol Research. The songs date from 1878-1939 and were taken from various publications and songbooks of the day, with such hits as "Tell Mother I'll Vote Dry", Wine is A Mocker" Lillie Of The Snowstorm" The Dead March Of The Saloon" and "When The Girls Can Vote". 24 Hits in all! Interesting, if quaint, stuff! Unfortunately, no lyric sheets included.

It's called "The American Music Group Volume 2 Temperance Music (LP 260-02) and came out in 1972. Their adress then was:


The American Music Group
PO Box 2866 Station A
Champaign, Illinois 61820.


This LP was one of a set of four I found. Volume 4 was of Sacred Harp music. Vol. 1 was Excerpts from The Young Folks Glee Book (1856)
and Vol. 3 was Solo songs w/ Four Part Chorus. Interesting period gems abound among the sometimes hokey and trite, but i just thought direct you to the biggest storehouse of anti-drink songs I know.


Back to the pub, everybody!!!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Severn
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 10:29 PM

"The Drunken Driver"-Molly O'day, Stanley Bros, NLC Ramblers, among others

Just about every plot twist imaginable all in one glorious old time country weeper.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 11:53 PM

jOhn   O    joHn



Why are you missing from this thread?



The census zones, pizza deliveries, MC posting....have already revealed you as a "man of the bottle."



Surely, there are couple more unposted rhymes from the UK you and dredge up from that foggy memory.!!!



Sincerely, your once good friend - awaiting replies to multiple e-mails over a year ago.


Gargoyle


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Subject: ADD: I Likes a Drop of Good Beer
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 11:14 PM

This being Thanksgiving and a day for celebrating gluttony and such, maybe we need these words of inspiration from the American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress.

IMPRINT
New York, New York: H. De Marsan
RELATED NAME(S)
Publisher: H. De Marsan
SHELF LOCATION
American Song Sheets, Series 2, Volume 1


I LIKES A DROP OF GOOD BEER.


One of Harry Pearson's Celebrated Comic Songs, as sung by H. C. WINTON, at his popular Social Scirées.

I'm Roger Rough, a ploughman,
A ploughman's son am I,
And like my thirsty feyther,
My throttle's always dry;
Let t' world go wrang, to me it's reet..
What need I interfere?..
I work and I sing from morn till neet,
And then I drinks my beer;
For, I likes a drop o' good beer, I does.
I'm fond of a drop o' good beer, I is;
Let gentlemen fine sit down to their wine,
But I likes a drop o' good beer, I does.

There's Sarah, that's my wife, sir,
Loves beer as well as me,
Who's the happiest woman in life, sir,
Who's happy as woman can be:
Who does her work, takes care t'bairns..
No gossiping neighbors near..
And, as every Saturday neet returns,
Like me, Sal drinks her beer;
For, Sarah likes her beer, she does;
She's fond on a drop of good beer, she is:
Let gentlemen fine sit down to their wine,
Sarah she likes her beer, she does.

There's my ow'd man, God bless him!
He's now turned eighty-five;
Hard work can never distress him,
He's the happiest chap alive;
He labors well, 'as gotten his health,
His heart and head is clear;
Possessed of these, he needs no wealth;
So he sings, and drinks his beer;
For, the ow'd man likes his beer, he does,
He's fond on a drop of good beer, he is:
Let gentlemen fine sit down to their wine,
But the ow'd man likes his beer, he does.

So, lads, need no persuasion,
But fill your glasses round;
We'll never fear invasion,
While barley grows i' th' ground;
Let discord cease, and joys increase
Wi' every coming year;
Possessed of these, and blessed wi' peace,
Why, we'll sing and we'll drink our beer;
For, we likes a drop of good beer, we does,
We're fond on a drop of good beer, we is;
Let gentlemen fine sit down to their wine,
But we likes a drop of good beer, we does


Stamped: 152


H. DE MARSAN, Publisher,
54 Chatham Street, New-York.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALCOHOL (from The Kinks)
From: number 6
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 11:24 PM

This song has been mentioned up above ... as far as I'm concerned it's the best 'alcoholic' song I ever heard.

Alcohol ... by Ray Davies (the Kinks)
        
Here is a story about a sinner,
He used to be a winner who enjoyed a life of prominence and position,
But the pressures at the office and his socialite engagements,
And his selfish wife's fanatical ambition,
It turned him to the booze,
And he got mixed up with a floosie
And she led him to a life of indecision.
The floosie made him spend his dole
She left him lying on skid row
A drunken lag in some salvation army mission.
It's such a shame.

Oh demon alcohol,
Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would say,
Damn it all and blow it all,
Oh demon alcohol,
Memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would fall a slave to demon alcohol.

Barley wine pink gin,
He'll drink anything,
Port, pernod or tequila,
Rum, scotch, vodka on the rocks,
As long as all his troubles disappeared.
But he messed up his life and he beat up his wife,
And the floosie's gone and found another sucker
She's gonna turn him on to drink
She's gonna lead him to the brink
And when his money's gone,
She'll leave him in the gutter,
It's such a shame.

Oh demon alcohol,
Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would fall,
A slave to demon alcohol.

biLL


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE DARK, SLENDER LADDIE / AS BEURLA
From: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 12:17 PM

There's a joke about, "What's the difference between a Drunk and an Alcoholic?", the answer being, "A Drunk doesn't have to go to the meetings..."; but, when I mentioned this in conversation with an alcoholic some years ago, he answered, "A Drunk enjoys it", so maybe it's not so funny after all. Anyway, bearing in mind this distinction, and what an earlier poster wrote about songs for Drinkers/Drunkards as distinct from songs for Alcoholics, how about the eighteenth-century song by Sean O'Seanachainn (Sean Aerach), which may be translated as "THE DARK, SLENDER LADDIE"? This version "As Beurla" is closely modelled on the translation by Donal O'Sullivan in his "Songs of the Irish", 1960.

When I'm at the market, some cloth to purchase,
And hold the earnest within my hand;
The dark, slender laddie still seeks and searches
Till he slips beside me, and there he'll stand.
It's not long after my senseless laughter
Will reach the rafters, so bright and bould;
And I'm tormented, for my money's spent, and
My clothes still unmended, and me sterved wi' could.

The "Buchaill Caol Dubh" is learned and charming,
Open-handed, of aspect fine;
And he has left me destroyed, he's bereft me
Of health and fortune, of land and kine.
Tho' I'd cross over the stormy ocean,
From the Port of Howth to Inis Mhor,
Swift as a swallow, my track he'd follow,
And by the morrow, he'd be on the shore.

Queen Aobhill of Thomond met us, roaming
Along the roadways, and to the lad said she,
Let him me abandon, and she would grant him
A hundred drunkards... instead of me.
Right firm and boldly, the laddie told her
He'd always hold to so close a friend;
For ever faring throughout all Erin,
My fortune sharing until the end.

This version keeps a bit closer to the Irish original than O'Sullivan's, and tries to preserve something of the internal rhyming and assonance characteristic of songs "As Gaelige". Cheers!

An Buachaill Caol Dubh.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Jill
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 05:54 PM

What about "Goodbye Booze" and "Won't Get Drunk No More", on Alex Campbell's album Goodbye Booze.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jill


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHITE WINOS (Loudon Wainwright III)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Jan 08 - 07:15 PM

You can hear an archived radio program that contains this song: Click to play and then advance to 51 minutes, 30 seconds from the beginning of the sound file.

WHITE WINOS
Loudon Wainwright III

Mother liked her white wine when she was alive.
She was desperate to live, but her limit was five.
Carefully I'd kiss her, send her off to bed.
We always stuck with white wine. We stayed away from red.
Always stick with white wine. Stay away from—

Mother liked her white wine. She'd have a glass or two
Almost ev'ry single night after her day was through:
Sancerre, chardonnay, Chablis, pinot grigio,
Just to take the edge off, just to get the glow.
You've got to take the edge off if you want to get the—

Mother liked her white wine. She'd have a glass or three,
And we'd sit out on the screen porch, white winos, mom and me.
We'd talk about her childhood, recap my career.
When we got to my father, that was when I'd switch to beer.
We got to the old man and I'd always switch to—

Mother liked her white wine. She'd have a glass or four,
Each empty bottle a dead soldier. The marriage was no more.
When we blurred the edges, when we drank a lot,
That's when I got nervous, when the glow got hot.
I always get nervous when the glow gets—

I still like my white wine and I'll have a glass or two,
And when I'm down, I'll drink some whiskey. It's something I shouldn't do.
And ev'ry now and then I'll take a drop of red,
When I'm with a woman that I want to take to bed,
When I'm with a woman that I want to take—

Mother liked her white wine when she was alive.
She was desperate to live, but her limit was five.
Carefully I'd kiss her, send her off to bed.
Thank God we stuck to white wine and we stayed away from—
Mother liked her white wine.

[Recorded by Loudon Wainwright III on his album "Last Man on Earth," 2001. It's also featured in the soundtrack of the film "28 Days," and on the soundtrack album.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: LIGHTNING BAR BLUES (Hoyt Axton)
From: GUEST,Andy, Port Erin, I-O-M
Date: 10 Jan 08 - 12:29 AM

My favourite of all time is LIGHTNING BAR BLUES, written by Hoyt Axton but performed by many, many artistes. The best version I ever heard was by Shakin' Stevens and The Sunsets (before the "hit" period". Quite outstanding. These are the lyrics:

Lightning Bar Blues
by Hoyt Axton

CHORUS:
I don't need no diamond ring
I don't need no Cadillac car
Just want to drink my Ripple wine
Down in the Lightnin' Bar
Down in the Lightnin' Bar

Some people value fortune and fame
I don't care about 'em none
Just want to drink my Ripple wine
I want to have my good time fun
Have my good time fun

CHORUS

When I die don't cry for me
Don't bury me at all
Place my livin', laughin', lovin' bones
In a jar of alcohol
Hundred proof alcohol

CHORUS

©1970 Lady Jane Music (BMI)


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: reggie miles
Date: 10 Jan 08 - 01:30 AM

Here's one that came to be after listening to a musical partner tell me all of the various ways that he knew to refer to being drunk. I then started a thread here and asked for the same input before crafting the following.

Drunk Reggie Miles © 2004

On Monday we get plastered with martinis till we're lewd
On Tuesday we go to the pub and drink beer until we're screwed
On Wednesday we hang at the bar and down too many keggers
On Thursday we're found at the lounge test hopping liquor flavors
On Friday evening we begin our weekend drinkathon
On Saturday we celebrate by getting loaded all day long
On Sunday we slow down a bit and sip wine until we're feelin' no pain
Because tomorrow is the day we get to start all over again

And we'll get pickled, pissed, plowed, parboiled, polluted to the gills,
And we'll get sloppy, smashed, soaked, and stewed until we've had our fills
And we'll get tangle footed, tight as a drum, and three sheets to the wind
And tomorrow is the day that we'll get drunk all over again

On Monday we get rummy with Bicardi till we stammer
On Tuesday we go pubbin' and guzzle Guiness till we're hammered
On Wednesday we hang at the bar, slammin' down the Yeagers
On Thursday we're found at the lounge with Johnny Walker's favors
On Friday morning we begin our drinkend week-a-thon
On Saturday we celebrate with Jack Daniels all day long
On Sunday we slow down a bit and sip Smirnoff till we're feelin' no pain
Because tomorrow is the day we get to start all over again

And we'll get tipsy, totaled, tanked up, toasted till we've had enough
And we'll get wobbly, well oiled, wrecked, and wasted, wiped out, from the stuff
And we'll get lit up, loaded, fallin' down, feelin' it, and then
Tomorrow is the day that we'll get drunk all over again

And we'll get liquored up, over the limit, looped, and lubricated
We'll get ripped, embalmed, sauced and then thoroughly marinated
We'll be seein' double, blind, and glazed and dazed till who knows when
And tomorrow is the day we get to start all over again
Oh tomorrow is the day that we'll get drunk all over again

And we'll get breathalyzed, DWIs, jail time, and courtroom fines
We'll be 86ed, searched, and cuffed, for weavin' o'er them centerlines
And we'll get impound fees, towing bills, revoked licenses and then
Tomorrow is the day we start our twelve steps over again
Yes, tomorrow is the day we join AA all over again
How dry I am....


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,russell j baines
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 05:40 PM

alcoholic's melody


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 05:44 PM

Old King Beer
A Pint of Contraception
Drop of Nelson's Blood
Old Dun Cow
Doll Thy Ale


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Joe_F
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 06:31 PM

"Reunion", by Cyril Tawney, is a *non*drinking song by someone who knows he can't handle the stuff.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: John Routledge
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 07:20 PM

Thanks Joe. I rushed down this thread to put The Reunion by Cyril Tawney down and there it was.

Haven't heard Cyril singing it but Martin Wyndham-Read does as quietly chilling version.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: kendall
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 07:44 PM

Sunday morning coming down.
Little Blossom
Shingling the rum sellers roof


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Clontarf83
Date: 01 May 10 - 12:30 AM

If you are interested I wrote and recorded a lament for a woman friend who died of alcoholism--they found her dead at the foot of her christmas tree where she had been wrapping presents for her estranged children, with two forty pounders of vodka on the floor beside her. Not sure how to send it to you--I have an mp3 file


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: LadyJean
Date: 01 May 10 - 12:43 AM

There's a wonderful French song calles "Sans Souci". If my French and my memory were a bit better I'd write it out.

"Father Dear Father Come Home" comes from a novel called "Ten Nights In a Bar Room", which accounts the troubles the Sickle and Sheaf tavern create in a small New England town.

My mom used to sing a parody of it, with the chorus, "Oh the doors swing in and the doors swing out. And some pass in, while others pass out. Your father I fear is having a beer, behind those swinging doors." But I've forgotten a few of the verses. I'd be thrilled if someone else knew them and posted them.

There's always "Farewell to Whiskey", which being by Robert Burns is fairly moving.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 11:55 PM

Monty Python

emanual kant was a real pissant
who could drink you under the table
david hume could outconsume Schopenhouer and hagle
and litginstein was a beery swine who was just as sloshed as shlagle
There's nothing Nitsche couldn't teach ya
bout the raising of the wrist
socrates himself was permanently pissed

John Stuart mill, of his own free will
on a half a pint of shanty was particularly ill
Plato they say, could stick it away
half a crate of whiskey every day
aristottle aristottle was a bugger for the bottle
hobbs was fond of his dram
an' rene decart was a drunken fart, I drink therefore I am
Yes socrates is particularily missed
a lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Jack Campin
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 09:46 AM

Spelling:

Immanuel Kant
Schopenhauer
Hegel
Wittgenstein
Schlegel
Nietzsche
shandy
Aristotle
Hobbes
Rene Descartes


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S WHY I'M HERE (Kenny Chesney)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 02:01 PM

A country favorite of my is Ken Chesney's "That's why I'm Here".

That's Why I'm Here lyrics

No I ain't had nothing to drink
I knew that's probably what you'd think
If I dropped by this time of night
Remember way back when
I promised you I'd drop in
At one of those meetings down at the Y

Well, they started talkin bout steps you take
Mistakes you make
The hearts you break
And the price you pay
I almost walked away

You could hear a pin drop
When this old man
Stood up and said I'm gonna' say it again
Like I do every week
For those who don't know me

It's the simple things in life
Like the kids at home and a loving wife
That you miss the most, when you lose control
And everything you love starts to disappear
The devil takes your hand and says no fear
Have another shot, just one more beer
Yah, I've been there, that's why I'm here

This ole boy stood up in the aisle
Said he'd been living a life of denial
And he cried as he talked about wasted years
I couldn't believe what I heard
It was my life word for word
And all of the sudden it was clear

It's the simple things in life
Like the kids at home and a loving wife
That you miss the most, when you lose control
And everything you love starts to disappear
The devil takes your hand and says no fear
Have another shot, just one more beer
Yah, I've been there, that's why I'm here

I know for us it may be too late
But it would mean the world to me
If you were there when I stand to say
It's the simple things in life
Like the kids at home and a loving wife
That you miss the most, when you lose control
And everything you love starts to disappear
The devil takes your hand and says no fear
Have another shot, just one more beer
Yah, I've been there, that's why I'm here
Oh, I've been there, that's why I'm here

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE NEAR FUTURE (Irving Berlin)
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 03:16 PM

Perhaps some of the most universally identified four notes.

Irving Berlins "The Near Future" copyright 1919
from lyricstime.com

How dry I am, how dry I am
It's plain to see just why I am
No alcohol in my highball
And that is why so dry I am

[Man:]
How dry I am, how dry I am
It's plain to see just why I am
No alcohol in my highball
And that is why so dry I am
Waiter, Waiter

[Waiter:]
What do you want? What do you want?

[Man:]
I'm just as thirsty as can be

[Waiter:]
What'll you have? What'll you have?

[Man:]
Suggest a little drink for me

[Waiter:]
Of the very finest soft drinks we have all the best

[Man:]
I don't know a thing about them
What would you suggest?

[Waiter:]
Have a little Coca-Cola
Really, it's a lovely drink
Percy, Clarence, Reginald, too
They will recommend it to you
Have a little Coca-Cola
It's the very best I think
It isn't alcoholic but you can have a frolic
If you take enough to drink

[Man:]
They are much too dry

[Waiter:]
Then how'd you like to try
Sarsaparilla, try sarsaparilla
Sarsaparilla ought to do
Rockefeller drinks sarsaparilla
And what's good enough for Rockefeller
Is good enough for you

[Man:]
Go and tell John D
His drink won't do for me

[Waiter:]
Then have a little glass of grape juice
It's the only drink to buy
Really, it's fine, simply divine
It's recommended by William J. Bryan
Eve'rybody's drinking grape juice
Ever since the town went dry
I've heard them tell, sir
That grape juice and seltzer
Is just the little drink to try

[Man:]
That won't do, I'm afraid

[Waiter:]
Then try some lemonade
A little lemon, a little sugar
A little vichy and a straw
Makes the very nicest little drink you ever saw
You ought to buy one, come on and try one
For it's the finest drink that's made
Drinks like this'll wet your whistle
Have a glass of lemonade

[Man:]
That won't do I fear
I'd like a glass of beer

[Waiter:]
Then have some Bevo
Have a drink of Bevo
It's the grandest imitation that we know
If you care for beer, it's the drink you should pick
It tastes like lager but it hasn't got the kick

[Bevo Girl:]
Bevo, have a drink of Bevo
Though it hasn't got a punch up it's sleeve-o

[Waiter:]
Those who drink it insist that a Christian Scientist
Could easily come staggering home on Bevo

[Man:]
How dry I am, how dry I am
It's plain to see just why I am
Oh, how I call for alcohol
And that is why so dry I am

[The Spirit of Alcohol:]
I hear you calling me
I am the Spirit of Alcohol
For let me assure you one and all
I'm not dead, I'm only asleep
Some day I'll come back to you

[Chorus:]
We hope you do, we hope you do

[The Spirit of Alcohol:]
When your laws are not so blue

[Chorus:]
We hope you do, we hope you do

[The Spirit of Alcohol:]
When you give Prohibition your shoe

[Chorus:]
You bet your life we'll kick it
Because it's very wicked

[The Spirit of Alcohol:]
Say to Mister Temperance you're through

[Chorus:]
That's what we'll do, that's what we'll do

[The Spirit of Alcohol:]
I'll come back someday
With a hip, hip hooray
Until I do, I'll give to you
A little cocktail that is new

SAME FOUR Notes and phrase appearing in:
How Dry I Am (Show Me the Way to Cairo)
Copyright 1921
by Johnstone and Johnstone
Sheet Music at digital.library.ucla.edu "Archive of Popular American Music"

Ship me east of Cairo land
Where there is jog on every hand.

Where the best is like the worst
And a man can raise a thirst
Gone are all the popping corks
And the glasses that used to clink.pr>

Water, water, everywhere
But not a drop to drink.

Nobody knows - How dry I Am
I long to be back with Omar Khay-am
Beneath the bough
A jug of wine and thou
And from the flowing cup I would sup now

Just to lie around lazy
In the sunlight hazy
With my arm around a daisy
And say here's how
Nobody know - How dry I Am
I long to be back with wonderful Omar Khay-am.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

In-ability of "Guests" to post http address is a pain.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 03:27 PM

A virtual goldmine of songs is found in the "Half-Mind Hymnal" (Check the net)

Time Magazine this week has a great article on why heavy drinkers live longer than tea-totlers (Check the net)

A sample of H3 material contained in the Hymnal:
I want a beer, just like the beer, that pickled my old man.

or (directed towards some MC ladies who have discovered blogging

Thank god she finally shut up
Thank god she quit her bitchin'
Now drink your beer
Get out of here
And get back in the kitchen.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Barred for Life
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 12:29 PM

You shoulda seen me last night when I
fell down laughing and I tumbled down a flight of wooden stairs
I went crashing through the window at the VFW hall,
crashing over a pile of metal chairs
The I - cussed out my girlfriend,
tried to
feel up her mom,
crashed my my car I think I bruised my spiiiine.
(chorus)
Oh you - oughta go with me when I go out drinking
I always have myself a real good time

2 more verses and a refrain

Pat Daily: The Drinking song featured on Bob and Tom radio show
believe it's on youtube somewhere


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Kara
Date: 25 Feb 11 - 07:19 AM

here is a bit saw and xylophone ideal for Alcoholics

When I'm Sober


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 26 Feb 11 - 01:53 AM

CD (no titles listed).

After all these drinkin' songs, somebody here might be ready for it.

???

John


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Subject: Lyr Add: SWEDISH GLUG (Stan Boreson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Mar 17 - 02:36 PM

Found this parody on YouTube:

(Of course he sings it in a stereotypical Swedish accent, which I have not tried to represent with spelling.)


SWEDISH GLUG
As recorded by Stan Boreson & Doug Setterberg on "Yust Go Country and Western"
Tune: MOUNTAIN DEW (Grandpa Jones)

CHORUS: Oh, they call it that good old Swedish glögg,
Which sometimes we drink from a mug.
Please be a sport and give me a quart
Of that good old Swedish glögg.

Old uncle Knut when he goes on a toot,
He buys him a five-gallon jug.
He takes a little nip and it sends him on a trip.
It's that good old Swedish glögg.

Old uncle Sven he is sure happy when
He does that old chug-a-lug,
But he's sure a disgrace when he falls on his face
Just from drinking that Swedish glögg.

Aunt Ingebrigt likes glögg quite a bit.
She used it for cleaning her rug.
It was two hundred proof and it blew off the roof.
There's such power in Swedish glögg.


[I have kept the title as it appears in the video, but "glögg" is the correct spelling in Swedish, or "gløgg" in Norwegian and Danish. It's mulled wine.]


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Ged Fox
Date: 28 Mar 17 - 06:52 AM

In Cellar Cool - Drinking Drinknig Drigkin

"Pour out the Rhine wine, let it flow"

"Down among the dead men"


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Jason
Date: 28 Mar 17 - 07:32 AM

Come Landlord fill the flowing bowl Until it doth run over,
Come landlord fill the flowing bowl Until it doth run over,
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

The man who drinketh small beer And goes to bed quite sober,
Fades as the leaves do fade That drop off in October.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.
The man who drinketh strong beer And goes to bed right mellow,
Lives as he ought to live, And dies a jolly fellow.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

But he who drinks just what he likes And getteth half seas over,
Will live until he die, perhaps, And then lie down in clover.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

The man who kisses a pretty girl And goes and tells his mother,
Ought to have his lips cut off, And never kiss another.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

The maiden who enjoys a kiss and comes back for another,
She's a boon to all mankind and soon to be a mother.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

Come into the garden Maud And don't be so particular,
For if the grass is very very wet, We'll do it perpendicular.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

If I had a pile of bricks I'd build my chimney higher.
That would stop the neighbour's cat from pissing in the fi-er.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.


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Subject: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics:The Serenity Prayer
From: GUEST,Gealt
Date: 28 Mar 17 - 09:14 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wonpb0NSu3M


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M JUST A QUIET DRINKER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Aug 17 - 02:40 PM

Just ran across this novelty song, which you can hear at The Internet Archive:


I'M JUST A QUIET DRINKER
(Berger-Leopoldi)
As recorded by Herbi Hardt

1. Each night when I go drinking, I'm always on my own.
I need no girls winking; I like to drink alone.
I don't want any company; I only want my scotch,
Because it always bothers me when the others drink too much.

CHORUS: I'm just a quiet drinker; that's why I'm never blue,
And while my nose gets pinker, I sing the whole night through,
And when they holler "Quiet!" I tell them: "Listen, boys:
Go shut your mouth and drink your beer.
Don't be so loud; I cannot hear."
I'm just a quiet drinker; it's why I make such noise.
Hi-de-hi, hi-de-ho, hi-lee, hi-lo!
I'm always feeling fine whenever I have dough.
Hi-de-hi, hi-de-ho, hi-lee, hi-lo!
And drinking is no crime; my doctor told me so.

2. A cop is getting nasty; he starts to raise his voice.
He tells me I'm a nuisance; I'm making too much noise.
Sinatra and Bing Crosby, I tell that silly cop,
They sing more often than I do but no one locks them up.

3. When I go home in morning, it almost makes me weep.
They holler from the window: "Shut up! We want to sleep!"
I tell 'em: "Don't you realize you give me misery?
If you would shut your window, then your noise won't bother me."


[On one of the repeats, he sings: "I'm just a quiet sti—, uh, drinker...."]


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHUT UP AND DRINK YOUR BEER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 02:16 PM

This is a lively, upbeat polka done in western-swing style. You can hear it at The Internet Archive:


SHUT UP AND DRINK YOUR BEER
(Bob Newman)
As recorded by Luke Wills' Rhythm Busters on Victor 20-2415, 1947.

There's a place on the corner where the gang will always meet,
Where the jukebox music makes you pat your feet.
In the middle of the evenin' when spirits are gay,
The fat bartender, you will hear him say:

CHORUS: "(Shut up!) and drink your beer.
There's a man asleep beneath the table in the rear.
(Shut up!) and drink your beer.
It's time to have another."

Patrick Mahoney he was always the same.
He'd lick any man with an Irish name.
The door it would open and Patrick walk in,
This is the place where the chorus begins: CHORUS

If the place gets noisy, and you know that it will,
And the folks around you seem to have their fill,
You'll all know the words from beginning to end,
So one, two, three, let's all sing it again: CHORUS

[Also recorded by Doye O'Dell, 1948; and by Merle Travis, 1953.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE BURNT THE LITTLE ROADSIDE TAVERN DOWN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 06:17 PM

SHE BURNT* THE LITTLE ROADSIDE TAVERN DOWN
Words & music by Bill Howard.
As recorded by Jimmy Dean, 1968.

CHORUS: Oh, she burned the little roadside tavern down,
The only one for miles and miles around.
I saw many hours of pleasure tumble down
When she burned the little roadside tavern down.

It was my home away from home.
Now those many night of gettin' stoned are gone.
This is what she had to say:
"Man, you'd better stay away,
Or I'll burn that little tavern down someday." CHORUS

It was there I had my freedom all night long,
But she'd fuss an' say that I had done her wrong.
She said: "Man, you'll never learn.
Just step back and watch 'er burn,"
And now that little roadside tavern's gone. CHORUS

I saw many hours of pleasure tumble down, down, down,
When she burned the little roadside tavern down.

[Also recorded byPorter Wagoner, and others.]
[*Or "burned" according to some recordings.]


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