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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAll through the beer
Roud No.475
Collected FromAdams, Ernest
LocationShilton
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 287
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 18th March, 1916, p 3, Part 23, No. 13
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

This old hat, this blessed old hat,
This old hat has seen better weather;
For the brim is wearing out,
And the crown is knocked about,
And my hair is poking through for better weather.

Chorus

All through the beer, the jolly, jolly beer,
All through the beer and tobacco;
It was there I spent my tin,
With the lasses drinking gin,
Now across the briny ocean I must wander.

Verse 2

This old coat, this blessed old coat,
This old coat has seen better weather;
For the front is wearing out,
And the back is knocked about,
And my elbows are poking through for better weather.

Chorus

Verse 3

These old trousers, these blessed old trousers,
These old trousers have seen better weather;
For the front is wearing out
And the behind is knocked about,
And my knees are poking through for better weather.

Chorus

Verse 4

These old boots, these blessed old boots,
These old boots have seen better weather;
For the tops are wearing out,
And the soles are knocked about,
And my toes are poking through for better weather.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: An old song, though not a particularly inspiring one. Nevertheless, in spite of the poet's poverty, he could be optimistic, though I fear such optimism was rather feigned than real. This I discovered at Shilton near Burford, which was once famed for its song, though the old life has decayed now. Words obtained of Ernest Adams, shepherd, Shilton.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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