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Looking for a few good drinking songs...

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Subject: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST,Lindsay
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 03:51 PM

I'm trying to pull together a few old drinkings songs with a focus on gender or sex - something fun to sing, older rather than recent. Any favorites? Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 03:53 PM

shouldn't drinking songs concentrate on drinking?

That said - "BOOZING Bloody Well boozin'" comes to mind...


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 03:55 PM

ALOUETTE ... avec mots mechant


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Gareth
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 04:04 PM

Alex Glascow's "AS SOON AS THIS PUB CLOSES"?

Gareth


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Cluin
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 04:08 PM

Jimmy Buffet's WHY DON'T WE GET DRUNK (AND SCREW) always goes down a treat.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Amergin
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 04:12 PM

THE PUB WITH NO BEER.....one of the saddest songs ever written....

john williamson once did a song about Slim Dusty's dog...and how they had to shave his (the dog's) hair....he called it the dog with no hair....


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Peace
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 07:17 PM

If you want to drink, just put on music you like.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: 8_Pints
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 07:33 PM

How about "WHEN JONES'S ALE WAS NEW" or "ALE, ALE, GLORIOUS ALE"?

Bob vG


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 07:35 PM

BRING US A BARREL
JONES' ALE
GOOD ALE
ALL FOR ME GROG
GLORIOUS ALE
DOIN' THE MANCH
LITTLE OLE WINE DRINKER ME
BOTTLE OF WINE
OLD PECULIER

How many do you want ??


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Bobert
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 08:01 PM

Oh, I can't rememeber who did this one. Think it was Conway Twitty but it was entitled (I think) "And This Time I've Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me"... Greatest of the drinking songs....

Then there's was Roger Williams (?) "Chug-a-lug"

Or Tom T. Hall's epic, "I Like to Drink Beer"...[I LIKE BEER]

No, John Lee Hooker's "One Bouboun, One Scotch and One Beer"

...er' David Allen Coe's "I was drunk the day my mama got out of prison... ("Greatest Country and Estern Song" by Steve goodman...)

Nope, it was Hearts Field's "The Only Time I'm Sober is When Your Gone"...

Nah, George Thorgood's "If Ya' Don't Start Drinkin', I'm Gonna Leave"

Hey, I'd drink to any of 'em....

Bobert


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Subject: Lyr Add: I GOTTA GET DRUNK (Willie Nelson)
From: PapaWhiskey
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 08:54 PM

Willie Nelson et al. "I've Got To Get Drunk"

I've got to get drunk but I sure do dread it,
'Cause I know just what I'm going to do,
Start to spend my money, calling everybody honey,
And wind up singing the blues.
Spend my whole paycheck on some old wreck,
And, buddy, I can name you a few.
I've got to get drunk but I sure do dread it,
'Cause I know just what I'm going to do.

I've got to get drunk I can't stay sober,
There's a lot of good people in town,
Who want to hear me holler, see me spend my dollars,
And I wouldn't think of letting them down.
There's a lot of doctors who tell me,
I'd better start slowing it down,
But there's more old drunks than there are old doctors,
So I guess we'd better have another round.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST,Naemanson from Oz
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 08:55 PM

I think the requester was looking for older songs in which case Mmario, Leadfingers, and Bobert's suggestions are closer to the mark. OLD DUN COW, THREE DRUNKEN MAIDENS, and Water Is All Right For Tay, would do as well.


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Subject: ADD: SIMON THE CELLARER
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 10:09 AM

Simon the cellarer; but it doesn't appear to be in the DT, nor online elsewhere: So..

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

SIMON THE CELLARER
W.H.Bellamy

Old Simon the Cellarer keeps a large store
Of Malmsey and Malvoisie,
And Cyprus, and who can say how many more!
For a chary old soul is he:
For a chary old soul is he:
Of Sack and Canary he never doth fail,
And all the year round there is brewing of ale;
Yet he never aileth, he quaintly doth say,
While he keeps to his sober six flagons a day.
But ho! ho! ho! His nose doth show
How oft the black-jack to his lips doth go


Dame Margery sits in her own still room, And a matron sage is she;
From thence oft at curfew is wafted a fume –
She says it is Rosemarie!
She says it is Rosemarie!
But there's a small cupboard behind the back stair,
And the maid say they often see Margery there;-
Now Margery says that she grows very old,
And must take a something to keep out the cold.
But ho! ho! ho! Old Simon doth know
Where many a flask of his best doth go!


Old Simon reclines in his high-back'd chair,
And talks about taking a wife;
And Margery often is heard to declare
She ought to be settled in life:
She ought to be settled in life:
But Margery has (so the maids say) a tongue
And she's not very handsome, and not very young;
So somehow it ends with the shake of a head,
And Simon he brews him a tankard instead.
While ho! ho! ho! he will chuckle and crow,
"What! Marry old Margery? Oh! No! no!"


NP
Copied from "The Oxford Song Book" Percy C Buck, 1916
Also available Broadside @ the Bodleian
The broadside has a few small differences from the version shown above, including;
V1 line 1 "Rare store", not "large store"
V3 L2 "Talks of taking" not "talks about taking"
V3 L3 "Oft has been heard" not "Often is heard"
V3 L8 "brews her a tankard" not "brews him a tankard"


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 03:37 PM

JOKE AND PUSH ABOUT THE PITCHER
FATHOM THE BOWL
NO MORE BEER FROM KENDAL
THE BARLEY MOW in its many variants

Linn


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: alanww
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 07:41 PM

Mmmmmmm. What's this thing about sex, Lindsay? Surely its not likely after a good night's drinking ...?
Anyway, Leadfingers' list is a good start.   But there are many others, including:-
CADGWITH ANTHEM and
Flowing Bowl

"Come fill up your glasses and let us be merry ...!"

Alan


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Celtaddict
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 07:59 PM

How about that old English drinking song, "TO ANACREON IN HEAVEN"?
Sound obscure? You will know the (challenging) melody...


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Snuffy
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 08:55 PM

PREAB SAN ÓL
ROSIN THE BEAU
Parting Glass
DRINK UP THY ZIDER
THE BARD'S REFORMATION
Cruiskin Lan
THE FARMER'S TOAST
(Here's a) HEALTH TO THE COMPANY
etc., etc., ...

AND various Wassail songs


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 09:24 PM

Drinking Song
from The Student Prince Operetta
Sigmund Romberg



Drink ! Drink ! Drink !
to eyes that are Bright as stars when they're shining on me !
Drink ! Drink ! Drink !
to lips that are Red and sweet as the fruit on the tree !
Here's a hope that those bright eyes will shine
Lovingly, longingly soon into mine !
May those lips that are red and sweet,
Tonight with joy my own lips meet !
Drink ! Drink ! Let the toast start,
May young hearts never part !
Drink ! Drink ! Drink !
Let ev'ry true lover salute his sweetheart.
Drink ! Drink ! Drink !
to arms that are White and warm as a rose in the sun !
Drink ! Drink ! Drink !
to hearts that will Love one, only when I am the one !
Here's a hope that those soft arms will twine
Tendely, trustingly soon around mine !
May she give ne a priceless boon,
Her love beneath the sweet May moon !
Drink ! Drink ! Let the toast start,
May young hearts never part !
Drink ! Drink ! Drink !
Let ev'ry true lover salute his sweetheart, Let's Drink !.

*******************************************

and hear a midi here.
(just click on Drinking Song and ignore all the programs to read Japanese, unless of course you want to. ;-))


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Cluin
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 09:32 PM

For old folkies, there's always "Three Jolly Coachmen".


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Celtaddict
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 09:44 PM

Thought surely some erudite (or trivia-minded) 'Catter would have pointed out by now that "To Anacreon in Heaven" is the English drinking song to which Americans put F. S. Keyes' poem about the flag still flying after battle, now known as "The Star-Spangled Banner."


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 16 Nov 03 - 07:47 AM

You wanted songs with reference to gender or sex, which aint easy, and most respondents seem to go for straight drinking songs. Me too.

Beer, beer, glorious beer
Arf a pint of ale (Gus Elen)
A jug of this
Champagne Charlie
Johnnie (Walker) (Sam Mayo)
Fill 'em up (Hettie King)
When JONES' ALE was new
Seven drunken nights
The barley mow
Anacreontic anthem (same one, different name)
The Bond Street tea walk (in case anyone TT)


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Joe_F
Date: 16 Nov 03 - 06:30 PM

Martin said to his men
Landlord, fill the flowing bowl
Chevaliers de la table ronde
Fathom the bowl
BOOZING, jolly well boozing
Drunk last night


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST,Tom
Date: 17 Nov 03 - 11:54 AM

Two from Great Big Sea: The Old Black Rum, THE NIGHT THAT PADDY MURPHY DIED. Tom


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST,Heely
Date: 17 Nov 03 - 03:51 PM

What about "LITTLE BROWN JUG"?


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 01:13 AM

Put @drink into the Digitrad saerch box and step back. There's a lot there.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I WANT TO BE IN A BARROOM
From: GUEST,reggie miles
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 02:26 AM

Here's one from one of my favorite authors, Robert "One-Man' Johnson, called appropriately enough, "I Want To Be In A Barroom".

I want to be in a barroom
A little glass of beer
Side shot of whiskey
To stimulate a little cheer
I want to go
Where the lights are low
And your troubles seem to disappear

I want to drown my sorrows
Anesthetize my mind
No thought about tomorrow
That gal I left behind
I want to set up my tent
Where my money is spent
On brandy, whiskey, gin, and wine

Still sittin' here in this barroom
I don't know what to do
Completely out of money
But I'm still lonesome and blue
I couldn't drown these tears
In a million beers
I guess I'll have to go home to you

I want to be in a barroom
A little glass of beer
Side shot of whiskey
To stimulate a little cheer
I want to go
Where the lights are low
And your troubles seem to disappear


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST,guest mick
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 12:46 PM

buineaan bui ,jonses ale, BOOZING, parting glass, tam Broon


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Subject: Lyr Add: YE MARINERS ALL + A JUG OF THIS
From: GUEST,Roberto
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 12:52 PM

My favourite drinking song, in two beautiful recordings:


Ye Mariners All

a) Ye Mariners All, Martin Carthy, in Martin Carthy, Topic TSCD340 (1993), first released as Fontana STL 5269 (LP, 1965)

Ye mariners all as ye pass by
Come in and drink when you are dry
Spend my lads your money brisk
And pop your nose in a jug of this

Ye tipplers all as you pass by
Come in and sit if you are dry
Spend my lads your money brisk
And pop your nose in a jug of this

Ye tipplers all if you've half a crown
You're welcome all for to sit down
Come in sit down, think not amiss
To pop your nose in a jug of this

Oh now I'm old and can scarcely crawl
I've got a long grey beard and a head that's bald
Crown my desire, fulfil my bliss
A pretty young girl and a jug of this

And when I'm in my grave and dead
And all my sorrows are past and fled,
Transform me then into a fish
Come let me swim in a jug of this

Ye mariners all as ye pass by
Come in and drink when you are dry
Come in sit down, think not amiss
To pop your nose in a jug of this

b) A jug of this, A. L. Lloyd, English Drinking Songs, Topic TSCD496 (original lp release, 1961)

You mar'ners all as you pass by
Call in and drink if you are dry
Come spend me lads your money brisk
And pop your nose in a jug of this

You tipplers all if you've half a crown
You're welcome all for to sit down
So call your drinks, think not amiss
And pop your nose in a jug of this

Oh now I'm old and can scarcely crawl
I've an old grey beard and a head that's bald
Crown my desire and fulfil me bliss
A pretty young girl and a jug of this

And when I'm in me grave and dead
And all me sorrows are past and fled
Transform me then into a fish
And let me swim in a jug of this


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: CelesteF
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 05:03 PM

Didn't see these in the thread. They're all in DT, except as noted:

Drunken Maidens

Sing (or Joke) and Push About the Pitcher
in this mudcat message

The Parting Glass

TWANKY DILLO

Sue West's "DRINK TO THE LADDIES" -- recent, but sounds old


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 11:24 AM

There's only one problem with drinking songs - they get in the way of the drinking - and in that one from "The Student Prince" they slosh all the beer around - waste of good ale.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST,Jaze
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 12:49 PM

Bonnie Raitt's YOUR SWEET AND SHINY EYES


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Joe_F
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 07:35 PM

There Stands the Glass
and (a song that mentions that one)
REDNECKS, WHITE SOCKS AND BLUE RIBBON BEER


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 04:09 AM

Woke up this morn with aching head - as usual
Caln't remember going to bed - as usual
Nothing in my mind is clear, it must have been the heavy beer
I must admit, I feel rather queer - as usual

Supped up the beer just like an hoover - as usual
Australian wine and paint remover - as usual
Somewhere deep inside my brain, I think I hear a diesel train
I swear I'II never drink again - as usual

Woke up this morning in the park - as usual
I must have crawled there after dark - as usual
I'II just see how much cash I've got, my God I've supped the bloody lot
I must have been a drunken sott - as usual.....


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 10:16 AM

There's a wonderful Leon Rosselson song called "Hangover", I can remember odd bits of it

Things are feeling rather dodgy
Drunks are driveling down the drain
Rats are gnawing at my eardrums
I can almost feel the pain
...............................
...............................
Things are feeling rather dodgy
Think I'll start the day again

I don't know where my legs are
Don't know what I want them for
And the ceiling's started spinning
in the middle of the floor
If I knew just where the wall was
I could maybe find the door
There's the Black Hole of Calcutta
And it wasn't there before.


Anyone got it all ?


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 10:35 AM

Rum By Gum - The Chad Mitchell Trio


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: muppett
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 11:12 AM

a Mike Harding song 'Aint going to drink no more'
Chorus goes Hughie, Hughie, Ruth, Ruth, Ruth, Hughie, Hughie,Ruth, Ruth, Ruth, OH Lord aint goin t' drink, aint goin t' drink no more.

Then there's the Dubliners song 7 drunken night,
Away wi Rum
BOOZING bloody well boozin.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Joe_F
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 06:23 PM

Kipling's "CELLS" -- but I guess that's more of a hangover song:

I've a head like a concertina, I've a tongue like a buttonstick,
I've a mouth like an old potato, and I'm more than a little sick,
But I've had my fun o' the Corp'ral's Guard; I've made the cinders fly.
And I'm here in the Clink for a thundering drink and blacking the Corporal's eye.

He also wrote a vivid poem -- probably meant to be a song, tho I've never heard it sung -- called "The Shut-Eye Sentry":

The moon was white on the barricks,
The road was white an' wide,
An' the Orderly Orf'cer took it all,
An' the ten-foot ditch beside.
An' the corporal pulled an' the seargeant pushed,
An' the three they danced along,
But I'd shut my eyes in the sentry-box,
So I didn't see nothin' wrong.

Though it was "Rounds! What rounds?" O corporal, 'old 'im up!
'E's usin' is cap as it shouldn't be used, but, sentry, shut your eye....

I especially like

There was two-an'-thirty sergeants,
There was corp'rals forty-one,
There was just nine 'undred rank an' file
To swear to a touch of sun.
There was me 'e'd kissed in the sentry-box,
As I 'ave not told in my song,
But I took my oath, which were Bible-truth,
I 'adn't seen nothin' wrong.

Don't ask, don't tell.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Amos
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 07:32 PM

Glorious! Glorious!
One keg o'beer for the four of us!
Praise be to god there's na more o'us
'Cuz one of us could drink it all alone!

Drunk last night
Drunk the night before
Gonna get drunk to night
Like I've never been drunk before!
Cuz when i'm drunk
I'm as happy as can be
For I belong to the
(Insert preferred unit name here) Company.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST,Lindsay
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 01:45 PM

Thanks! That was all wonderful! -L


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Subject: Lyr ADD: SIMON THE CELLARER
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 16 Oct 05 - 02:14 PM

Failed to start the post of 15/11/03 with "Lyr Add", and as I state there, I can't find this one on-line.

Reminded by the current thread requiring drinking songs

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Oct 05 - 07:15 PM

As Usual...


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Forsh
Date: 07 Oct 07 - 07:59 PM

Now i know this will be a bit of abore for those who have already contributed, but I am searching fo MORE verses of this song, E.G.
all of a sudden I'm feeling fine, it's only 5 minutes til opening time, I'll start off with some cheep red wine, as usual... And..
First it was whiskey then it was gin
Then it was beer with a cigarette in ...
I can only find three verses, and I KNOW I heared Hamish Sing others!


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: stallion
Date: 08 Oct 07 - 10:50 AM

Oh well, there is this bloke who, every week, requests a song he calls "champagne and reefers", anyone know it?


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 08 Oct 07 - 11:11 AM

SNUFFY put a link to "Health to the Company" which is fantastic drinking song when sung to the tune of "The Ash Grove"
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 08 Oct 07 - 01:10 PM

I see Jones' Ale, somewhere above. I don't know if it is the same song, but Oscar Brand, on his album of sea shanties, did one called "When Johnson's Ale Was New."

The Wild Rover, Jug of Punch, The Moonshiner (many variants, both UK and US)and Mountain Dew (US version) come to mind.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Artful Codger
Date: 10 Apr 11 - 01:52 AM

Ran across the score for "Simon the Cellarer" (text given above by Nigel Parsons) online in Old Scotch Gems, p.42, at Google Books. As Nigel noted, the lyricist was W.H. Bellamy, but J.L. Hatton wrote the music. Several parodies can also be found at Google Books in Parodies of the works of British and American authors, Volume 4.

A respondant in Notes and Queries (1858) states
On the title-page of this song, published by Addison and Hodson, about 1847, it is stated that the words are by W. H. Bellamy, Esq., and the music by John L. Hatton. The idea of this ballad was probably suggested by the clever drinking scene in Meyerbeer's Collection of Songs.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: voyager
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 05:18 PM

Lightning Bar Blues - Hoyt Axton

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Barstool Mountain - 100 Top Drinking Songs

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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Raptor
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 05:24 PM

Johnny Tarr by Galiec Storm.


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Joe_F
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 09:16 PM

Time, Gentlemen, Time


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Subject: RE: Looking for a few good drinking songs...
From: Eoin O'Buadhaigh
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 06:34 AM

WALLACE'S ALE

Last Saturday evening, for my recreation,
My task being o'er, I went to the fair,
It was my intention a glass of good whiskey,
Should warm my stomach, and drive away care;
I met with a friend, when I went to the village,
We stepped in together, ourselves to regale,
To talk half an hour, of one thing or another,
And try the perfection of Wallace's ale.

A table and chairs, with a good warm fire,
The waiter provided, we sat ourselves down,
What happier moments could mankind desire,
In height of good humour the tumbler went round;
Although I was loaded with cares in the morning,
They now in an instant began to set sail,
All kind of good nature did vanish like vapour,
By the strong operation of Wallace's ale.

We talked of war, of peace, and taxation,
Of Wellington great, and Bonaparte's fall,
How he, and his pride and his great usurpation,
Might be an example to potentates all;
The organs of speech were supplied with the tumbler,
It helped our memory the news to retail,
With souls elevated, we warmly debated,
Inspired by virtue of Wallace's ale.

No more at the whiskey and rum I will tipple,
The substance they waste, and the mind they impair,
But unto the village when I have the metal,
Again I'll return for to drive away care;
There's good entertainment, and fresh from the cellar,
The quart flowing comes, neither misty nor pale,
For strength and for flavour, I never, no never
Did e'er drink the equal of Wallace's ale.

composed and published by Hugh McWilliams (hedge-teacher and poet) in 1816.


We May and Might Never All Meet Here Again.
Porter For my Tay.
The Parting Glass.
Whiskey in the Jar.

Eoin O'Buadhaigh


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