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Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.

23 Aug 02 - 06:10 AM (#770037)
Subject: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: Mr Happy

i don't know if this song's been collected before, but would be interested to know if anyone has any more verses or versions.

D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.In cellar drear my heart took cheerI quaffed the flowing measureMy cares soon passed, for in the glass I find life's sweetest pleasureIn good Rhine wine, this joy divineAnd while my glass I'm clinkingThe world grows bright, for all is rightWhen I'm drinking, drinking, drinkingLife full of care, we all must shareA portion of its sorrowAnd those who drink will leave, I thinkTheir troubles til tomorrowAnd youth and sage of every ageHave been my way of thinkingAnd found relief in every griefIn drinking, drinking, drinkingSo while I live my praise I'll giveTo Bacchus, ever laughingAnd in his reign will still remain The ruby reddish wantingAnd then at death, when my last breathIs slowly, surely shrinkingI'll find my peace, and life shall cease When I'm drinking, drinking, D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.

i'm sorry it's hard to read, i didn't type it that way.


23 Aug 02 - 08:39 AM (#770083)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: Dave Bryant

Here it is with some line breaks

DRINKING.

In cellar drear my heart took cheer
I quaffed the flowing measure
My cares soon passed, for in the glass
I find life's sweetest pleasure
In good Rhine wine, this joy divine
And while my glass I'm clinking
The world grows bright, for all is right
When I'm drinking, drinking, drinking

Life full of care, we all must share
A portion of its sorrow
And those who drink will leave, I think
Their troubles til tomorrow
And youth and sage of every age
Have been my way of thinking
And found relief in every grief
In drinking, drinking, drinking

So while I live my praise I'll give
To Bacchus, ever laughing
And in his reign will still remain
The ruby reddish wanting
And then at death, when my last breath
Is slowly, surely shrinking
I'll find my peace, and life shall cease
When I'm drinking, drinking,

D-R-I-N-K-I-N-G


I've usually heard it sung as a bass solo - the last line is sung spelling the word down a descending octave. One of the best renditions I've heard, suprisingly enough, was by the late Alfred Deller to prove that a counter-tenor is really a bass or baritone who supresses the lower component of his voice and acentuates the upper falsetto component - his bass voice was supurb.


23 Aug 02 - 12:49 PM (#770278)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: Mr Happy

cheers dave,

do you know what the tune's called, where it's from?. i think its from a classical? work but i don't remember which.


23 Aug 02 - 02:50 PM (#770366)
Subject: Another drunk song
From: GUEST,Keith Hudson

With apologies to Ed Pickford

When Ah was young and in me prime,
Eeh,aye Ah could booze,
Ah was drinking aall the time.

Now me boozin day are through, through.
Now me boozin days are through.

Straight from work and doon the bar,
Eeh, aye Ah could booze,
With me mates to have a jar.

Now me boozin days are through, through.
Now me boozin days are through.

Then to a club till half past four,
Eeh, aye Ah could booze,
Then trouble finding my front door.

Now me boozin days are through, through.
Now me boozin days are through.

Then up next morning fit and well,
Eeh,aye Ah could booze,
By lunchtime I would feel like hell.

Now me boozin days are through, through.
Now me boozin days are through.

'Cos drunk one night I did propose,
Eeh,aye Ah could booze,
Me social life she did oppose.

Now me boozin days are through,through.
Now me boozin days are through.

Now it's doon that pub nee mair Ah'll be,
Eeh,aye Ah could booze,
So Ah take it intravenously
Now me boozin days are through, through
Now me boozin days are through.


24 Aug 02 - 05:43 PM (#770959)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: Mr Happy

cheers keith,

another cracker from the past! thanks a heap.

any more news anybody on tune for drinking?


24 Aug 02 - 05:48 PM (#770963)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: C-flat

It would be good if someone had the melody to either of those. Anyone?


26 Aug 02 - 09:09 AM (#771675)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: Wolfgang

D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G. (which I didn't know) is so close to a German dringking song (style and all; even sung by a bass) that it just might be a translation.

If my guess is correct you'll find German lyrics, Latin lyrics and a midi of the tune here:

Im kühlen Keller

Wolfgang


27 Aug 02 - 10:09 AM (#772298)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: Dave Bryant

Someone actually sung it in one of the barn sessions at Towersey over the weekend - but I can't remember who. He omitted the final run down the octave though !


27 Aug 02 - 10:52 AM (#772335)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: Dave Bryant

I think Wolfgang is probably right. On this site it states "Finally, there is super basso profundo Malcolm McEachern, who descends into the cellar for us in the appropriately named 'In Cellar Cool' by Fischer (better known by its German title 'Im tiefem Keller')".

On this site there is a score (probably for an organ arrangement) which also credits Fischer as the composer.

Finally HERE you can find the following information:

Within the Cellar's Depth I Sit - original German title: Der Rheinweinzecher; also known as: (1) "Im kühlen Keller"; (2) "Im tiefen Keller sitz' ich hier"; (3) "Ewiger Durst." German words, ? English words, L[ouis] C[harles] Elson. m., [Karl Ludwig] Fischer. Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co., cop. 1875. (The song is also known in English as "Drinking" and "In Cellar Cool.")

AND a facsimile of the score.


24 Jun 08 - 09:19 AM (#2373186)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: Mr Happy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Ignaz_Ludwig_Fischer


24 Jun 08 - 05:06 PM (#2373536)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: BB

I have a recording of Jeff Wesley singing this, but I have it credited to 'Oxenford' (which appears to be incorrect then!)

Barbara


25 Jun 08 - 03:43 AM (#2373809)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: Newport Boy

The recording I remember was that of Malcolm McEachern, mentioned by Dave Bryant above,
(here on YouTube)

With B C Hilliam, he formed "Flotsam and Jetsam" a variety duo who broadcast regularly on BBC radio in the 1930's and 40's.

Phil


25 Jun 08 - 02:42 PM (#2374141)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: GUEST,squeezeboxkc

anyone wanting to hear a really good version in basso profundo would be to go to a Kimbers Men concert or club appearance and ask John Bromley to sing it.


26 Jun 08 - 03:19 PM (#2375008)
Subject: Lyr Add: IM KÜHLEN KELLER SITZ ICH HIER
From: Jim Dixon

Here are the German lyrics that Wolfgang pointed us to:

IM KÜHLEN KELLER SITZ ICH HIER
Words, Karl Müchler. Music, Ludwig Fischer.

1. Im kühlen Keller sitz' ich hier
Bei einem Faß voll Reben,
Bin frohen Muts und lasse mir
Vom allerbesten geben.
Der Küfer zieht den Heber vor,
Gehorsam meinem Winke,
Reicht mir das Glas,
Ich halt's empor und trinke, trinke, trinke.

2. Mich plagt der Dämon, Durst
Genannt; doch um ihn zu verscheuchen,
Nehm' ich mein Römerglas
Zur Hand und laß mir Rheinwein reichen.
Die ganze Welt erscheint mir nun
In rosenroter Schminke,
Ich könnte niemand
Leides tun und trinke, trinke, trinke.

3. Allein mein Durst vermehrt
Sich nur bei jedem vollen Becher,
Das ist die leidige
Natur der echten Rheinweinzecher;
Doch tröst ich mich, wenn ich zuletzt
Vom Faß zu Boden sinke,
Ich habe keine Pflicht
Verletzt, ich trinke, trinke, trinke.


27 Jun 08 - 05:59 AM (#2375414)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: GUEST,doc.tom

Yes, it was a Basso Profundo (big fish!) party piece translated from the German. I first came across it sung by Jack Tambo in The Swan, Wadebridge, years ago when Sam Treglowan was landlord. Jack would start the final D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G. scale at Mervyn Vincent's lowest note - and then go down an octave. He was a good twenty stone and his whole frame shook!


27 Jun 08 - 06:10 AM (#2375420)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G
From: Mr Happy

It's one in my repertoire.

Some years back, I sang it at a German musicians party & they all commented that they thought my English version was far superior to what they said was a rather miserable German one


11 Oct 10 - 01:58 PM (#3004586)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
From: GUEST,Mike Haley


11 Oct 10 - 03:17 PM (#3004631)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
From: Bill D

I guess Mike had too much to drink, and slipped out of sight.


11 Oct 10 - 05:20 PM (#3004703)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
From: Newport Boy

Sadly, the YouTube of Malcolm MacEachan (my post 25 Jun 08) has been removed.

I would dearly love a copy of that particular recording.

Phil


11 Oct 10 - 05:56 PM (#3004723)
Subject: Lyr Add: DRINKING (Ewan MacColl)
From: Jim Carroll

One with the same title
Jim Carroll

DRINKING
From the singing of Ewan MacColl who recorded it from Beckett Whitehead some time in the 1930s

Some people will tell you that drinking's a curse,
While others will tell you it's quite the reverse.
Some drink all their days their time to employ
Some drink when in sorrow and some drink for joy.
Some drink when they're christened, some when they're wed,
Some are drinking your jolly good health when you're dead,
Some drink on all these occasions, like I,
For I drunk at my birth and I'll drink till I die.

Ch. For I mean to get jolly well drunk, I do.
I mean to get jolly well drunk, I do
As long as I'm here I'll stlck to my beer,
For I mean to get jolly well drunk, I do.

I'll drink till the high price of coals becomes small,
Till ale and roast beef they cost nothing at all.
I'll drink till we have no more reasons for strikes,
Till a man values work just as much as he likes.
I'll drink till the law gives a man no denial
For taking a wife out a month upon trial,
Till the dukes and the lords have to sort clean from dirt
And the big Prince of Wales has to clean his own shirt.

I'll drink till all landlords choke as they guzzle.
I mean to keep drinking till bobbies are muzzled.
Till dandies are worth nowt but the clothes they put on.
I'll drink till old Peabody's money is gone.
I'll drink till the laws of the land are made fair
That punish a man for killing a hare.
I'll drink till all wealth is shared out amongst men
And I'll drink and I'll drink till it's shared out again.


11 Oct 10 - 08:06 PM (#3004791)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
From: Artful Codger

Try this link:
Malcolm McEachern: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-u_i292My4 (down to B)

Even lower (to Bb):
Glib Chandrowsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOXgOoPHWNI


12 Oct 10 - 01:32 AM (#3004963)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
From: Joe Offer

It's nice to see the Dave Bryant posts in this thread, and I'm glad I got to meet him before he died.
May he rest in peace.
-Joe-


12 Oct 10 - 04:10 AM (#3004997)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
From: GUEST,Pete

This is not about the actual thread, the song D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G but the topic of drinking.
Might be interesting to learn that an Austrian group of young and brilliant musicians (with music backgrounds deeply rooted in Austrian folk music but also trained in classical music, jazz, etc. etc.) are presently storming the Austrian charts with a song about their drinking experiences.
This is even more surprising as they have no professional management and organisation behind them. It's just by word of mouth and YouTube. They produced a video and within a few wekks they have reached more than 600 000 viewers.
Watch for yourself
holstuonarmusigbigbandclub


12 Oct 10 - 05:26 AM (#3005024)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
From: Newport Boy

Thanks, Artful Codger. I have it recorded now.

Phil


12 Oct 10 - 07:37 PM (#3005566)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
From: GUEST,John

Amazing how much you understand even if you don't understand the words (of that Austrian song)


21 Mar 11 - 11:31 AM (#3118291)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
From: open mike

also discussed here...


21 Mar 11 - 08:50 PM (#3118663)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: D.R.I.N.K.I.N.G.
From: Leadfingers

I remember the Flotsam and Jetsam recording ! Not bad , consiering Jetsam (MacEachearn) died three years after I was born !!!