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Ren Faire Pub Sing Lyrics

Health to the CompanyWild RoverThe Parting GlassBeer Beer BeerWild Mountain ThymeJohnny Jump UpThe Mermaid SongLoch LomondJohnny at the DoorHoly GroundAll for Me GrogFinnegan's WakeBlack Velvet Band,Whiskey in the Jar

Many of these songs are on the Brobdingnagian Bards popular CD, "A Faire To Remember - Renaissance Faire Music CD", featuring 17 popular Ren Faire songs.

Health to the Company

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Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme 
Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine 
Let us drink and be merry, all grief to refrain 
For we may and might never all meet here again

Here's a health to the company and one to my lass 
Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass 
Let us drink and be merry, all grief to refrain 
For we may and might never all meet here again

Here's a health to the dear lass that I love so well 
Her style and her beauty, sure none can excel 
There's a smile upon her countenance as she sits on my knee 
Sure there's no one in in this wide world as happy as we

Our ship lies at harbor, she's ready to dock 
I hope she's safe landed without any shock 
If ever we should meet again by land or by sea 
I will always remember your kindness to me

Wild Rover

I've been a wild rover for many a year, 
And I spent all my money on whiskey and beer, 
But now I've returned 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 rover 
No never, no more.

I went down to an ale house I used to frequent, 
And I told the landlady my money was spent. 
I asked her for credit, but she answered me "Nay. 
Such custom like yours I could have any day."

I took from my pocket ten sovereigns bright, 
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight, 
She said, "I have whiskeys and wines of the best,
And I'll take you upstairs, and I'll show you the rest.

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

The Parting Glass

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Of all the money that e'er I spent
I've spent it in good company
And all the harm that e'er I’ve done
Alas it was to none but me.
And all I've done for want of wit
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all.

Oh, all the comrades that e'er I had
Are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I kissed
They'd wish me one more day to stay.
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend
And leisure to sit awhile
There is a fair maid in the town
That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips
I own she has my heart enthralled
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all.

Beer, Beer, Beer

A long time ago, beginning of history
When all they had to drink was nothing but cups of tea
Along came a man by the name of Charlie Mopps
And he invented a wonderful drink and he made it out of hopps

He'd like to have been an admiral, a sultan, or a king
And to his praises we shall always sing
Look what he has done for us, he's filled us up with cheer
The Lord bless Charlie Mopps,
the man who invented beer beer beer beer...

The Curtis bar, the James' Pub, the Hole in the Wall as well 
one thing you can be sure of, its Charlie's beer they sell 
so all ye lads a lasses at eleven O'clock ye stop 
for five short seconds, remember Charlie Mops 1 2 3 4 5

A barrel of malt, a bushel of hops, you stir it around with a stick, 
the kind of lubrication to make your engine tick. 
40 pints of wallop a day will keep away the quacks. 
Its only eight pence hapenny and one and six in tax, 1 2 3 4 5

Wild Mountain Thyme

Oh, the summer time is coming, 
And the trees are blooming, 
And the wild mountain thyme 
Grows around the blooming heather.

Will you go, lassie, will you go? 
And we'll all go together 
To pull wild mountain thyme 
All around the blooming heather, 
Will you go, lassie, go?

I will build my love a bower 
By yon clear and crystal fountain, 
And all around the bower,
I'll pile flowers from the mountain.

If my true love, she won't have me, 
I will surely find another 
To pull wild mountain thyme 
All around the blooming heather.

Oh, the summertime is coming 
And thre trees are blooming 
And the wild mountain thyme 
Grows around the blooming heather.

Johnny Jump Up

I'll tell you that happened to me
One day as I went down to Cork by the sea
The sun it was hot and the day it was warm,
Says I a quiet pint wouldn't do me no harm

I went in and I called for a bottle of stout
Says the barman, I'm sorry, all the beer is sold out
Try whiskey or paddy, ten years in the wood
Says I, I'll try cider, I've heard it was good.

Oh never, Oh never, Oh never again
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up
After drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up

After downing the third I went out to the yard
Where I bumped into Brody, the big civic guard
Come here to me boy, don't you know I'm the law?
Well, I up with me fist and I shattered his jaw

He fell to the ground with his knees doubled up
But it wasn't I hit him, 'twas Johnny Jump Up
The next thing I remember down in Cork by the sea
Was a cripple on crutches and says he to me

I'm afraid of me life I'll be hit by a car
Won't you help me across to the Celtic Knot Bar?
After downing a quart of that cider so sweet
He threw down his crutches and danced on his feet

I went up the lee road, a friend for to see
They call it the madhouse in Cork by the Sea
Butl when I got there, sure the truth I will tell,
They had this poor bugger locked up in a cell

Said the guard, testing him, say these words if you can,
"Around the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran"
Tell him I'm not crazy, tell him I'm not mad
It was only a sip of the bottle I had

Well, a man died in the mines by the name of McNabb
They washed him and laid him outside on the slab
And after the parlors measurements did take
His wife brought him home to a bloody fine wake

Twas about 12 o'clock and the beer was high
The corpse sits up and says with a sigh
I can't get to heaven, they won't let me up
Til I bring them a quart of the Johnny Jump Up

The Mermaid Song

T'was Friday morn when we set sail 
And we were not far from the land 
When the captain, he spied a lovely mermaid 
With a comb and a glass in her hand

O the ocean's waves will roll 
And the stormy winds will blow 
While we poor sailors go skipping to the top 
And the landlubbers lie down below (below, below) 
And the landlubbers lie down below

And up spoke the captain of our gallant ship 
And a well-spoken man was he 
I have me a wife in Salem by the sea 
And tonight she a widow will be 

And up spoke the cookie of our gallant ship 
And a red hot cookie was he 
Saying I care much more for my pots and my pans 
Than I do for the bottom of the sea

Then up spoke the cabinboy, of our gallant ship 
And a nasty little lad was he. 
I'm not quite sure I can spell "mermaid" 
But I'm going to the bottom of the sea.

Then three times around went our gallant ship 
And three times around went she 
Three times around went our gallant ship 
And she sank to the bottom of the sea

Loch Lomond

By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae,
On the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Oh! You'll take the high road, and I'll take the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

T'was then that we parted, In yon shady glen,
On the steep, steep side of Ben Lomond,
Where, in purple hue, The highland hills we view,
And the moon coming out in the gloaming.

The wee birdies sing, And the wild flowers spring,
And in sunshine the waters sleeping.
But the broken heart it kens, Nae second spring again,
Though the waeful may cease frae their greeting.

Johnny at the Door

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Johnny awoke with an ache in his head.
Bad dreams had made him ill.
And he grumbled as he dressed despite his duress
As he made his way to the mill.
Well he never wanted to work that day,
But the foreman had himself clear.
So Johnny dreamed of the eve to come
When he'd drink him beer after beer, singing...

"I'll drink from dusk till dawn
I'll drink a toast to day's end.
Yes, I'll drink from dusk till dawn
And I'll drink to the health of me friends."

It was a cold morning, went straight to his bones
Oh, he wished that he had him some ale.
Just one fine glass of stout Guiness
Would hold him till the end of the trail.
Oh his mouth watered with the thought of ale
By the time he arrived he'd decide
That not even Death could keep him away
From his friends and their favorite dive. They'd sing...

Johnny worked hard all the day
His mind away drinking alone
And he told his friends of the pledge he'd made
And the fantasy that kept him afloat.
"Come hell or high water I'll drink with you
Nothing could keep me away."
When the day came to end, he left with a friend. 
Together they walked and they sang...

On the road they came to a bridge of rope
And there they met a man
With a scythe in his hand and an evil grin
Twas Old Death who cut Johnny down.
Johnny's friend crossed himself, swore it'was the truth
As he retold the scene to the bar
And they raised a glass to Johnny's last words,
"I'll drink with ye come hell or high water!" He said...

Well the door swung open, a cold wind blew in
And there stood a man unafraid.
He called for a beer. They realized when near
It was Johnny come back from the grave.
He said, "You could keep me away from work.
For there's nothing I live for me there.
But I told you today of the pledge I made
You can't keep a man from his beer! They sang...

Holy Ground

Fare thee well my lovely Dinah, a thousand times adieu
For we're going away from the Holy Ground and the girls we all love true
We will sail the salt sea over and then return for sure
To see again the girls we love and the Holy Ground once more
Fine girl you are!

You're the girl I do adore
and still I live in hopes to see the Holy Ground once more
Fine girl you are!

And now the storm is raging and we are far from shore
And the good old ship is tossing about and the riggin' is all tore
And the secret of my mind, my love, you're the girl I do adore
And still I live in hopes to see the Holy Ground once more
Fine girl you are!

You're the girl I do adore
and still I live in hopes to see the Holy Ground once more
Fine girl you are!

And now the storm is over and we are safe and well
We will go into a Public House and we'll sit and drink like hell
We will drink strong ale and porter and we'll make the rafters roar
And when our money is all spent we'll go to sea once more
Fine girl you are!

You're the girl I do adore
and still I live in hopes to see the Holy Ground once more
Fine girl you are!

All for Me Grog

Well it's all for me grog, me jolly jolly grog
It's all for me beer and tobacco
For I spent all me tin with the lassies drinking gin
Far across the western ocean I must wander

Where are me boots, me noggin', noggin' boots?
They're all gone for beer and tobacco
For the heels they are worn out and the toes are kicked about
And the soles are looking out for better weather

Where is me shirt, my noggin', noggin' shirt?
It's all gone for beer and tobacco
For the collar is all worn, and the sleeves they are all torn
And the tail is looking out for better weather

I'm sick in the head and I haven't been to bed
Since first I came ashore with me slumber
For I spent all me dough on the lassies movin' slow
Far across the Western Ocean I must wander

Where is me bed, me noggin' noggin bed
It's all gone for beer and tobacco
Well I lent it to a whore and now the sheets are all tore
And the springs are looking out for better whether.

Where is me wench, me noggin' noggin' whence
She's all gone for beer and tobacco
Well her  (clap) is all worn out and her (clap) is knocked about
And her (clap) is looking out for better weather.

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?"

Black Velvet Band

Well, I was out strolling one evening 
Not intending to stay very long 
When I met with a frolicsome damsel 
As She came a trippin along 

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 a watch, she pulled out her pocket 
And slipped it right into my hand 
On the very first day that I met her, 
Bad luck to the black velvet band 

Before judge and jury next morning 
Both of us did appear 
A gentleman claimed his jewelry 
And the case against us was clear. 

Now seven long years transportation 
Right down to Van Dieman's Land 
Far away from my friends and companions 
To follow the black velvet band 

Whiskey in the Jar

As I was going over the far famed Kerry mountains
I met with captain Farrell and his money he was counting. 
I first produced my pistol, and then produced my rapier.
Said stand and deliver, for I am a bold deceiver.

musha ring dumma do damma da 
whack for the daddy 'ol
whack for the daddy 'ol
there's whiskey in the jar

I counted out his money, and it made a pretty penny.
I put it in my pocket and I took it home to Jenny.
She said and she swore, that she never would deceive me,
but the devil take the women, for they never can be easy

I went into my chamber, all for to take a slumber,
I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure it was no wonder.
But Jenny took my charges and she filled them up with water,
Then sent for captain Farrel to be ready for the slaughter.

It was early in the morning, as I rose up for travel,
The guards were all around me and likewise captain Farrel.
I first produced my pistol, for she stole away my rapier,
But I couldn't shoot the water so a prisoner I was taken.

If anyone can aid me, it's my brother in the army,
If I can find his station down in Cork or in Killarney.
And if he'll come and save me, we'll go roving near Kilkenny,
And I swear he'll treat me better than me darling sportling Jenny

Now some men take delight in the drinking and the roving,
But others take delight in the gambling and the smoking.
But I take delight in the juice of the barley,
And courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early