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Posted By: Charley Noble
23-Apr-05 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Bring Us a Barrel (Keith Marsden)
Subject: Lyr Add: BRING US A BARREL (Keith Marsden)
Having recently heard this song performed by Two Black Sheep and a Stallion, I'm happy to refresh this thread.

Here are Keith's lyrics, plus an extra verse by a friend, as printed in PICKING SOOTY BLACKBERRIES:

From the singing of the late Keith Marsden : Fellside Recordings 1992 See "Picking Sooty Blackberries" p. 22 - (pub. by Fellside Recordings - ISBN 1 871318 01 7.... ) *with an extra verse from the singing of that nice Mr Shuttleworth (who says he sang it in front of Keith and didn't get hit, so he concludes it was sort of approved).

BRING US A BARREL

No man that's a drinker takes ale from a pin
For there is too little good stuff there within
Four and a half is it's measure in full
Too small for a sup, not enough for a pull...

Then bring us a barrel and set it up right
Bring us a barrel, to last out the night
Bring us a barrel, no matter how high
We'll drink it up Lads, we'll drink it dry.

The poor little firkin's nine gallons in all
Though the beer it is good, the size is too small
For lads that are drinkers like you and like I
That firkin small barrel too quickly runs dry.

And when that I'm dying and on me death bed
By me bedside leave a fine full hogshead
That if down below I mun go when I die
Me and old Nick we will both drink it dry.

*The Kilderkin's Next and although rather small
At least it is better than nothing at all
Its eighteen full gallons will just about do
Provided, of course, there's another for you.

Then bring forth the Puncheon and roll out the butt
Them's the best measures before me to put
Our pots will go round and good ale it will flow
And we'll be contented for an hour or so.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble