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Posted By: Dead Horse
11-Sep-08 - 09:50 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Drink Old England Dry
Subject: ADD Version: Drink Old England Dry
This was the "drinking-in song" of my old Morris side:-

DRINK OLD ENGLAND DRY

Come drink me brave boys, as I've told you before.
Come drink me brave boys and we'll boldly call for more
For the French they are invading and they say that they will try, will try.
They say that they shall come and drink Old England dry
Aye dry. Aye dry. me boys aye dry.
They say that they shall come and drink Old England dry.

Supposing that we should meet with the Prussians by the way.
Ten thousand to one we will show them British play.
With our swords and our cutlasses we'll fight until we die, we die.
Before that they shall come and drink Old England dry

Then up spake bold Wellington of fame and renown.
He swore to be true to his country and his crown
For those cannons they may rattle and the musket balls may fly, may fly.
Before that they shall come and drink Old England dry

Supposing we should meet with their fleet upon the main
We have done so before and we can do so again
We will shrink them we will sink them beneath the seas so high, so high.
Before that they shall come and drink Old England dry

Then it's drink me brave boys, as I've told you before.
Come drink me brave boys 'till you cannot drink no more
For those Frenchies they may boast brag, but their brags are all my eye, my eye.
They say that they shall come and drink Old England dry.

Here's a YouTube recording. -Joe-