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    Post Some of my favourite Pub Songs ....

    These are the lyrics to some of the songs you will hear most nights in Canadian pubs ... as you will see ... our music is mostly Irish due to the large Irish and Scottish population in Canada... In the east anyway.

    BLACK VELVET BAND

    In a neat little town they call Belfast
    Apprenticed in trade I was bound
    And many an hour of sweet happiness
    I spent in that neat little town
    Till bad misfortune befell me
    And caused me to stray from the land
    Far away from my friends and relations
    To follow the black velvet band

    Her eyes they shone like the diamond
    You'd think she was queen of the land
    And her hair hung over her shoulder
    Tied up in a black velvet band

    Well, I was out strolling one evening
    Not meaning to go very far
    When I met with a pretty young damsel
    She was selling her trade in a bar
    When i watched, she took from a customer
    And slipped it right into my hand
    Then the Watch came and put me in prison
    Bad luck to the black velvet band

    Next morning before judge and jury
    For our trial I had to appear
    The judge, he said, "Young fellow
    The case against you is quite clear
    And seven years is your sentence
    You're going to Van Dieman's Land
    Far away from your friends and relations
    To follow the black velvet band"

    So come all you jolly young fellows
    I'd have you take warning by me
    And whenever you're out on the liquor
    Beware of the pretty colleen
    They'll fill your with whiskey and porter
    Until You're not able to stand
    And the very next thing that you know
    You're landed in Van Dieman's Land

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    Post Re: Some of my favourite Pub Songs ....

    The Wild Rover

    I've been a wild rover for many's the year
    I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer
    But now I'm returning with gold in great store
    And I never will play the wild rover no more

    And it's No, Nay, never,
    No, nay never no more
    Will I play the wild rover,
    No never no more

    I went in to an alehouse I used to frequent
    And I told the landlady me money was spent
    I asked her for credit, she answered me nay
    Such a customer as you I can have any day

    And it's No, Nay, never,
    No, nay never no more
    Will I play the wild rover,
    No never no more

    I took up from my pocket, ten sovereigns bright
    And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight
    She says "I have whiskeys and wines of the best
    And the words that you told me were only in jest"

    And it's No, Nay, never,
    No, nay never no more
    Will I play the wild rover,
    No never no more

    I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done
    And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son
    And, when they've caressed me as oft times before
    I never will play the wild rover no more

    And it's No, Nay, never,
    No, nay never no more
    Will I play the wild rover,
    No never no more


    I don't know if this is normal... but when bands play this song live at pubs we generally shout 'Rise up yer kilt' after each 'And its No, Nay, never' in the chorus...and I have never seen that done anywhere but in the pubs back home...

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    Post Re: Some of my favourite Pub Songs ....

    The Pogues:" Rivers of whisky "
    Some days you just want to holler your head off!!!

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    BARRETT'S PRIVATEERS

    by Stan Rogers

    Oh, the year was 1778, HOW I WISH I WAS IN SHERBROOKE NOW!
    A letter of marque come from the king,
    To the scummiest vessel I'd ever seen,

    CHORUS:
    God damn them all!
    I was told we'd cruise the seas for American gold
    We'd fire no guns-shed no tears
    Now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier
    The last of Barrett's Privateers.


    Oh, Elcid Barrett cried the town, HOW I WISH I WAS SHERBROOKE NOW!
    For twenty brave men all fishermen who
    would make for him the Antelope's crew

    (chorus)

    The Antelope sloop was a sickening sight,
    She'd a list to the port and and her sails in rags
    And the cook in scuppers with the staggers and the jags

    (chorus)

    On the King's birthday we put to sea,
    We were 91 days to Montego Bay
    Pumping like madmen all the way

    (chorus)

    On the 96th day we sailed again,
    When a bloody great Yankee hove in sight
    With our cracked four pounders we made to fight

    (chorus)

    The Yankee lay low down with gold,
    She was broad and fat and loose in the stays
    But to catch her took the Antelope two whole days

    (chorus)

    Then at length we stood two cables away,
    Our cracked four pounders made an awful din
    But with one fat ball the Yank stove us in

    (chorus)

    The Antelope shook and pitched on her side,
    Barrett was smashed like a bowl of eggs
    And the Maintruck carried off both me legs

    (chorus)

    So here I lay in my 23rd year,
    It's been 6 years since we sailed away
    And I just made Halifax yesterday

    (chorus)

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    Finnegan's Wake

    Tim Finnegan lived in Walkin Street,
    A gentle Irishman mighty odd
    He had a brogue both rich and sweet,
    An' to rise in the world he carried a hod
    You see he'd a sort of a tipplers way
    but for the love for the liquor poor Tim was born
    To help him on his way each day,
    he'd a drop of the craythur every morn

    Whack fol the dah now dance to yer partner
    round the flure yer trotters shake
    Bend an ear to the truth they tell ye,
    we had lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake

    One morning Tim got rather full,
    his head felt heavy which made him shake
    Fell from a ladder and he broke his skull, and
    they carried him home his corpse to wake
    Rolled him up in a nice clean sheet,
    and laid him out upon the bed
    A bottle of whiskey at his feet
    and a barrel of porter at his head

    His friends assembled at the wake,
    and Widow Finnegan called for lunch
    First she brought in tay and cake,
    then pipes, tobacco and whiskey punch
    Biddy O'Brien began to cry,
    "Such a nice clean corpse, did you ever see,
    Tim, auvreem! O, why did you die?",
    "Will ye hould your gob?" said Paddy McGee

    Then Maggie O'Connor took up the cry,
    "O Biddy" says she "you're wrong, I'm sure"
    Biddy gave her a belt in the gob
    and sent her sprawling on the floor
    Then the war did soon engage,
    t'was woman to woman and man to man
    Shillelagh law was all the rage
    and a row and a ruction soon began

    Mickey Maloney ducked his head
    when a bucket of whiskey flew at him
    It missed, and falling on the bed,
    the liquor scattered over Tim
    Now the spirits new life gave the corpse, my joy!
    Tim jumped like a Trojan from the bed
    Cryin will ye walup each girl and boy,
    t'underin' Jaysus, do ye think I'm dead?"

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    I'se The B'y <-- This is an uber newfie song

    I'se The B'y that builds the boat and
    I'se The B'y that sails her and
    I'se The B'y that catches the fish and
    Brings 'em home to Liza

    Chorus:
    Hip-yer-partner Sally Tibbo
    Hip-yer-partner Sally Brown
    Fogo, Twillingate, Morton's Harbour,
    All around the circle

    Sods and rinds to cover your flake,
    Cake and tea for supper
    Cod fish in the spring of the year,
    Fried in maggoty butter

    Chorus

    I don't want your maggoty fish
    They're no good for winter
    Well I can buy as good as that,
    Way down in Bonavista!

    Chorus

    I took Liza to a dance,
    As fast as she can travel,
    And every step that she could take,
    Was up to her knees in gravel

    Chorus

    Susan White she's outta sight,
    Her petticoat wants a border,
    Well old Sam Oliver in the dark,
    He kissed her in the corner!

    Chorus

    I'se The B'y that builds the boat and
    I'se The B'y that sails her and
    I'se The B'y that catches the fish and
    Brings 'em home to Liza

    Chorus

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    Farewell to Nova Scotia

    The sun was setting in the west
    The birds were singing on ev'ry tree
    All nature seemed inclined to rest
    But still there was no rest for me

    Farewell to Nova Scotia, the sea-bound coast
    Let your mountains dark and dreary be
    And when I am far away on the briny oceans tossed
    Will you ever heave a sigh and a wish for me?

    I grieve to leave my native land
    I grieve to leave my comrades all
    And my aged parents whom I always held so dear
    And the bonnie, bonnie lass that I do adore

    The drums they do beat and the wars do alarm
    The captain calls, we must obey
    So farewell, farewell to Nova Scotia's charms
    For it's early in the morning I am far, far away

    I have three brothers and they are at rest
    Their arms are folded on their breast
    But a poor simple sailor just like me
    Must be tossed and driven on the dark blue sea

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    The Log Drivers' Waltz


    If you should ask any girl from the parish around
    What pleases her most from her head to her toes
    She'll say, "I'm not sure that it's business of yours
    But I do like to waltz with a log driver".

    Chorus

    For he goes birling down a-down the white water
    That's where the log driver learns to step lightly
    It's birling down, a-down white water
    A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

    When the drive's nearly over, I like to go down
    To see all the lads while they work on the river
    I know that come evening they'll be in the town
    And we all want to waltz with a log driver.

    To please both my parents I've had to give way
    And dance with the doctors and merchants and lawyers
    Their manners are fine but their feet are of clay
    For there's none with the style of a log driver.

    I've had my chances with all sorts of men
    But none is so fine as my lad on the river
    So when the drive's over, if he asks me again
    I think I will marry my log driver.


    I don't think i have heard this one in a pub ... but it was one of my favourite Canadian songs as a kid ... they used to play it in the morning on tv before they played the Canadian anthem ... and i would make sure i was up good and early in the morning so I wouldn't miss it

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    Post Re: Some of my favourite Pub Songs ....

    Well this ones an old rugby song that the sex pistols redid about 30 years ago. Still an old favourite though!

    Friggin in the Riggin

    It was on the good ship Venus
    By Christ, ya shoulda seen us
    The figurehead was a whore in bed
    And the mast, a mammoth penis

    The captain of this lugger
    He was a dirty bugger
    He wasn't fit to shovel shit
    From one place to another

    Chorus:
    Friggin' in the riggin'
    Friggin' in the riggin'
    Friggin' in the riggin'
    There was fuck all else to do


    The captains name was Morgan
    By Christ, he was a gorgon
    Ten times a day he'd stop and play
    With his fuckin' organ

    The first mate's name was Cooper
    By Christ he was a trooper.
    He jerked and jerked until he worked
    Himself into a stupor

    Chorus

    The second mate was Andy
    By Christ, he had a dandy
    Till they crushed his cock on a jagged rock
    For cumming in the brandy

    The cabin boy was Flipper
    He was a fuckin' nigger
    He stuffed his ass with broken glass
    And circumcised the skipper

    Chorus

    The Captain's wife was Mabel
    To fuck she was not able
    So the dirty shits, they nailed her tits
    Across the barroom table

    The Captain had a daughter
    Who fell in deep sea water
    And by her squeals we knew the eels
    Had found 'er sexual quarters

    Chorus
    I am Ripper... Tearer... Slasher... Gouger.
    I am the Teeth in the Darkness, the Talons in the Night.
    Mine is Strength... and Lust... and Power!
    I AM BEOWULF!

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    Post Re: Some of my favourite Pub Songs ....

    Actually im pretty sure the wild rover is an old English song. At least its been doing the rounds in English pubs since before my grandads days... :?
    I am Ripper... Tearer... Slasher... Gouger.
    I am the Teeth in the Darkness, the Talons in the Night.
    Mine is Strength... and Lust... and Power!
    I AM BEOWULF!

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