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Re: MR: Banter: Water

> "Isn't there a special keg labelled, "After the Conflagration" downstairs,
> Miriam?  I seem to remember a fable to that ilk, right enow....and Right
> e-Now would be a good time to sample it."<wistfully>

I think that you may be referring to a song that I often heard at bardic
circles in the East.  (In that Kingdom, such blatently modern songs are
allowed if sung with a brogue (the "U2 can be Period" rule)).

(Harry Wincott 1893)

Some  friends and I in a public house
Were playing  dominoes  one night
When into the room a fireman came,
His face all chalky white
"What's up?" says Brown, "Have you seen a ghost?"
"Have you seen your Aunt Moriah?"
"Oh  my Aunt Moriah be buggered," says he,
"The bleeding  pubs  on fire"

"Oh," says Brown, "What a bit of luck
Everybody follow me
It's down to the cellar if the fire's not there
Then we'll have a grand old spree"
So we all went down with good old Brown
And the booze we could not miss
And we hadn't been there ten minutes or more
Till we were quite like this
  Oh, there was Brown, up side down
  Mopping up the whiskey on the floor
  "Booze, booze" the firemen cried
  As they come a knockin' at the door
  "Well don't let em in till it's all mopped up
  Somebody shouted, "MacIntyre"
  And we all got blue blind paralytic drunk
  When the Old Dun Cow caught fire

Then Smith ran over to the port wine tub
And gave it just a few hard knocks
He started taking off his pantaloons
Likewise his shoes and socks
"Oh no," says Brown, "That t'ain't allowed
You can't do that there
Don't be washing your trotters in the port wine tub
When we got some Guinesses beer"

Then there came a mighty crash
Half the bloody room caved in
And we were drownded by the fireman's hose
Though we were almost happy
So we got some tacks and some wet old sacks
And we packed ourselves inside
And we sat there getting bleery eyed drunk
When the Old Dun Cow caught fire

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