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delphinium Lyr Req: Barrett's Privateers (Parody by Ian Robb) (17) Lyr Add: GARNET'S HOMEMADE BEER (Ian Robb) 02 Jul 02


A parody of Barrett's Privateers popular in Canada is Ian Robb's "The Last of Garnet's Home Made Beer" (I heard it at a local gig a few months ago). Garnet is, of course, Stan Rogers' brother - fiddler, singer, and man of many talents...

Lyrics are available on several web sites, here they are:

GARNET'S HOMEMADE BEER
Ian Robb, SOCAN (Released on the CD - FROM DIFFERENT ANGELS 1994).

GARNET'S HOMEMADE BEER Time: 2/2 Tenor: D Bass: C
- Ian Robb, 1978, on: From Different Angels
- Music: Barrett's Privateers (Stan Rogers)

Oh, the year was Nineteen Seventy-eight
(How I wish I'd never tried it now)
When a score of men were turned quite green
By the scummiest ale you've ever seen

CHORUS:
God damn them all, I was told
This beer was worth its weight in gold
We'd feel no pain, shed no tears
But it's a foolish man who shows no fear
At a glass of Garnet's home-made beer

Oh, Garnet Rogers cried the town
(How I wish I'd never tried it now)
For twenty brave men, all masochists who
Would taste for him his homemade brew

This motley crew was a sickening sight
(How I wish I'd never tried it now)
There was caveman Dave with his eyes in bags
He'd a hard-boiled liver and the staggers and jags

Well we hadn't been there but an hour or two
(How I wish I'd never tried it now)
When a voice said: Gimme some homemade brew
And Steeleye Stan hove into view

Now Steeleye Stan was a frightening man
(How I wish I'd never tried it now)
He was eight feet tall and four feet wide
He said: Pass that jug or I'll tan your hide

Stan took one sip and pitched on his side
(How I wish I'd never tried it now)
Garnet was smashed with a gut full of dregs
And his breath set fire to both me legs

So here I lay in me twenty-third beer
(How I wish I'd never tried it now)
It's been ten years since I felt this way
On the night before my wedding day

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 4-Jul-02.


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