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Posted By: sleepyjon
18-Jul-14 - 06:53 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Bring Us a Barrel (Keith Marsden)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Bring Us a Barrel (Keith Marsden)
Mr Happy, I notice no-one ever explained a "pull"; - I guess you'll probably have gathered by now that it's a good healthy slurp or mouthfull - an enthusiastic beer drinker once insisted to me "I like to drink a pint in three or four pulls" - just before he fell over, as I recall.

That brings me to my own question about the words of the last line of the first verse - I'd always understood them to be "Too much for a sip, not enough for a pull" - which is how it's sung in Georgiansilver's link posted above - and the kind of nice literary construct that I'd expect from a lyricist of Keith Marsden's quality (I'm sure there's a word for it, but it escapes me.) However, it is indeed printed as "Too small . . . " in Picking Sooty Blackberries. Does anyone recall hearing Keith sing it by himself? - what version did he use?