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Subject: Lyr Add: I SAW A MAN AT THE CLOSE OF DAY (D Watson
From: Mottsnave
Date: 13 Jun 16 - 01:23 PM

There's "I Saw a Man at the Close of Day" I only know the Doc Watson version:

I saw a man at the close of day
Standing by a grocery door
His eyes were sunken; his lips were parched
And I viewed him o'er and o'er

His little son stood by his side
And unto him he said:
Dear father, mother is sick at home
And sister cries for bread

He turned around went in at the door
He staggered up to the bar
And faltering on to the landlord sayin'
Just give me one dram more

In about a year I passed thereby
And a crowd stood round the door
When I asked the reason, one's reply
Was the drunkard is no more

Just then a hearse moved slowly by
No wife, no children near
They had gone before this foul murder
And left this world of care

Come all you jolly dram drinkers
By this a warning take
And quit the overflowing bowl
Before it is too late


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 13 Jun 16 - 04:17 AM

STITCH IN TIME
"...For her husband he was a hunk of a man
A chunk of a man and a drunk of a man,
He was a hunk of a drunk and a skunk of a man
Such a boozing, bruising husband...."


@displaysong.cfm?SongID=5557

(Mike Waterson; tune by Martin Carthy)


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: PHJim
Date: 03 Jun 16 - 08:41 PM

Well, good-bye Booze, forever more
My boozing days will soon be o'er.
Yes we had a good time but we couldn't agree.
You see what Booze has done to me.

-to the same tune as Creole Belle or Richland Woman, a tune that I learned from Charlie Poole


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 03 Jun 16 - 02:37 AM

A song that lists addiction, debt, fighting, domestic violence and isolation from friends amongst the perils of strong drink, is "Oh Good Ale".

LFF


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,Susan Kirsch
Date: 02 Jun 16 - 08:44 PM

Does anyone have the lyrics to 2 Temperance songs, one set to the tune of "Scotland's Burning", the other to the tune of "Rally Round the Flag (Battle Cry of Freedom")?


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,mike
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 08:33 PM

Does anyone know lyrics to "O Rum-selller" sung to the melody of "Oh! Susannah by Stephen Foster?


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 02:31 PM

Did I see (I don't recall) the Salvation Army Song?

CH:
Away, away with rum, by gum,
With Rum, by gum, with rum, by gum.
Away, away with rum, by gum,
The song of the Salvation Army.

We never eat fruitcake because it has rum.
And one little bite turns a man to a bum.
Oh, can you imagine a sorrier sight,
Than a man eating fruitcake until he gets tight.

We never eat cookies because they have yeast.
And one little bite turns a man to a beast.
Oh, can you imagine a sadder disgrace,
Than a man in the gutter with crumbs on his face.

I always used "The Pig and the Inebriate" as a cautionary tale (with tongue firmly in cheek.

It was early last November,
As near as I remember,
I was walkin' down the street in tipsy pride.
No one was I disturbin',
As I lay down by the curbin',
When a pig came up and lay down by my side.

As I lay there in the gutter,
Thinkin' thoughts I dare not utter,
A lady passing by was heard to say:
"You can tell a man who boozes,
By the company he chooses!"
And - the pig got up and slowly walked away....


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,John from Elsie`s Band
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 10:58 AM

Here`s a song/chorus that found much application during pub crawls in London yonks ago. (Couldn`t do it now. No one would understand the language.!)

"And when I die.
Don`t bury me at all.
Just pickle my bones ,
In alcolhol.
Put a bottle of booze.
At my head and my feet
And then I`ll know.
My bones will keep".

Lead singer sings a line, assembled companions repeat it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T GO OUT TO-NIGHT, DEAR FATHER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 12:13 AM

There's a version of this in the DT: DON'T GO OUT TONIGHT, DEAR FATHER, also in the thread called 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety.

This is a more exact copy of the sheet music at The Library of Congress:


DON'T GO OUT TO-NIGHT, DEAR FATHER
Words, M. E. Golding. Music, Will L. Thompson.
East Liverpool, Ohio: W. L. Thompson & Co., 1877.

1. Don't go out to-night, dear father,
Don't refuse this once, I pray!
Tell your comrades mama's dying,
Soon her soul will pass away;
Tell them too, of darling Willie,
Him we all so much do love,
How his little form is drooping
Soon to bloom again above.

CHORUS: Don't go out to-night, dear father,
Think, oh think, how sad 'twill be,
When the angels come to take her,
Papa won't be here to see.

2. Tell me that you love dear mama,
Lying in that cold, cold room;
And not you love your comrades better,
Cursing there in that saloon,
Oh dear father, do not leave us,
Think, oh think how sad 'twill be,
When the angels come to take her,
You will not be here to see.

3. Morning found the little pleader
Cold and helpless on the floor;
Lying where he madly struck her,
On that chilly night before;
Lying there with hands uplifted,
Feebly utt'ring words of prayer,
Heav'nly Father, please forgive him,
Reunite us all up there.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROB A POOR MAN OF HIS BEER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 09:09 AM

I was searching for a certain song that contained the phrase "rob a poor man of his beer." This isn't the right song, but it's so interesting I decided to collect it. By the way, I found so many instances of "rob a poor man of his beer" that I conclude it must have been a popular catch-phrase in the late 19th century.

From Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the World's Great Preacher by Russell Herman Conwell (Philadelphia: A. T. Hubbard, 1892):
    Now, if we try to do anything to shut up a boozing-house, or shorten the hour for guzzling, we are called all sorts of bad names, and the wind-up of it all is—"What! Rob a poor man of his beer?" The fact is that they rob the poor man by his beer. The ale-jug robs the cupboard and the table, starves the wife and strips the children; it is a great thief, housebreaker, and heartbreaker, and the best possible thing is to break it to pieces, or keep it on the shelf bottom upwards. In a newspaper which was lent me the other day I saw some verses by John Barleycorn, Jr., and as they tickled my fancy I copied them out, and here they are.

    What! rob a poor man of his beer,
    And give him good victuals instead!
    Your heart's very hard, sir, I fear,
    Or at least you are soft in the head

    What! rob a poor man of his mug,
    And give him a house of his own,
    With kitchen and parlor so snug!
    'Tis enough to draw tears from a stone.

    What! rob a poor man of his glass,
    And teach him to read and to write!
    What! save him from being an ass!
    'Tis nothing but malice and spite.

    What! rob a poor man of his ale,
    And prevent him from beating his wife,
    From being locked up in a jail,
    With penal employment for life!

    What! rob a poor man of his beer,
    And keep him from starving his child!
    It makes me feel awfully queer,
    And I'll thank you to draw it more mild.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: meself
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 11:42 AM

No one's mentioned Drunken Sailor? Seems to stress the inadvisability of showing up for work under the influence.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: cetmst
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 08:13 AM

THE TEMPERANCE SONGBOOK, Emmet T. Coleman, ed., 1907, reprint 1971 by American Heritage Press, David Hoffman

Breaking Mother's Heart 27
Broad Is the Road 42
Crape on the Door of the Licensed Saloon 63
Dead March, The 26
District of Columbia W.C.T.U. Song 15
Down in the Licensed Saloon 35
Dreaming Tonight 54
Drive Him Out! 40
Drunkard's Lament, The 38
Drunkard's March, The 38
Father, Dear Father, Come Home 68
Foe in the Land, A 25
For God and Home and Native Land 46
Grandpa's Advice to the Boys 43
Great Judgment Morning, The 50
How My Boy Went Down 74
I'll Be There to Vote 24
Keep the Ball A-Rolling! 76
Lead, Kindly Light 77
Little Armor Bearers 7
Loyal Temperance Legion, The 10
Marching Beneath the Banner 32
Marching Onward 70
My Soul Be On Thy Guard 45
No Hope for the Drunkard 21
Oh Johnny Come Back to the Farm 12
Onward Christian Soldiers 48
Orphan Girl, The 30
Our Motto Song 13
Prodigal Girl, The 8
Rally Voters 17
Save Our Country 58
Sisters, Be to Jesus True 49
Somebody's Boy 52
Sparkling Water 65
Speed Our Cause We Pray 51
Stand for the Right 56
Stand Up for Jesus 62
Temperance Call, The 78
Temperance Doxology 79
Temperance Train, The 18
That Ribbon White 60
'Tis Life for a Look 22
Tolling Bells, The 66
Under the Curse 11
We're a Band of Soldiers 31
Well Take the World 29
When I Lie on My Pillow Tonight 57
Whiskey Shops Must Go, The 34
Who Will Volunteer? 37
Won't You Sign the Pledge? 14


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: cetmst
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 07:43 AM

Marching Songs for Young Crusaders, continued

The Children's Sabbath 55
The Coming Strike 12
The Crusade Psalm 62
The Pledge 60
The Washingtonian Pledge 26
The Welcome Sparrow 58
The Windmill 21
We Are Coming 9
We Are Temperance Children 44
We'll Never Touch the Wine 45
Welcome Song 17
We'll Rally Round the Callot Box 30
We Mean to Live All Right 46


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: cetmst
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 07:29 AM

MARCHING SONGS FOR YOUNG CRUSADERS, No. 1, Anna A Gordon, Published by National WCTU, 1904 edition

All United 39
A Wildwood Lesson 6
Bobolink Temperance Song 16
Breave and True 29
Childhood's Temperance May Queen 56
Children's Prayer 5
Cold Water Army Song 42
Cold Water Song 18
Do Something43
Ever Be Earnest 43
Exercise Song 32
God the Father 28
Happy Children 27
Kindergarten Song 49
Kitchen-Garden Song 54
Little Crusaders 4
Making a Chain 44
March of the Loyal Legion 3
My Birthday Cup 14
Never, Never Let Us Cruel Be 37
Now's the Time for You 10
O, Temperance Gives Us 53
Onward We Are Marching 38
Our Coming Army 22
Our Father in Heaven 25
Our Glasses Upside Down 20
Our Wonderful House 11
Raise You Hands 48
Rallying Song 36
Rally the Clans 37
Right Is Might 34
Ring the Temperance Bells 24
Rock-a-bye Birdie 40
See My Little Birdie's Nest 15
Soldiers of the King 19
Speak Kindly 33
Sunday 8
Temperance Boys and Girls


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: pavane
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 05:33 AM

Rattlin' Roarin' Willie perhaps?


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Artful Codger
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 05:03 AM

Here's the Cajun French for "Le Vieux Soulard":


Le Vieux Soulard et Sa Femme

You'c'que t'es parti? / Dis mon bon vieux mari,
Et you que t'es parti? / Toi qui veux faire ma mort
Et you que t'es parti / Dis mon bon vieux mari
Qu'il est l'meilleur buveur du pays?
[Spoken] J'suis parti au cafe!

Quoi t'es parti faire? / Dis mon bon vieux mari,
Et quoi t'es parti faire? / Toi qui veux faire ma mort
Et quoi t'es parti faire? / Dis mon bon vieux mari,
Qu'il est l'meilleur buveur du pays?
[Spoken] J'suis parti m'saouler!

Et quand tu t'en reviens &c.?
[Spoken] Oh d'main ou aut' jour!

Quoi to veux j'fais cuire &c.?
[Spoken] Cuis moi cinq douzaines d'oeufs, puis un gallon d'couscous!

Ca, ca va te tuer &c.
[Spoken] Oh, c'est pas qu'j'veux mourir quand meme.

Et you qu'tu veux qu'j'enterre &c.
[Spoken] Enterr' moi dans l'coin d'la ch'minee;
tu l'eteins un peu avant, autrement, elle va et'chaude!


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: MaW
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 05:13 AM

Karine Polwart's song 'The Sun's Comin' Over The Hill' might be considered a warning about overconsumption of whisky, as the narrator's boyfriend (or possibly husband, it's unclear, but significant male romantic partner anyway) drove off the road while 'full of whisky and irony' and died, and then the narrator plunged into a dark place of whisky and pills, which at the point where the song is written she's just pulling out of it.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: sid
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 02:31 PM

I have a A5? pocket book, some 90 pages, no date but probably late 19th C All Temperance Poems.

Sample:-

"My wife and children join with me, To raise our voice in praise,
To Him who led my wandering steps in sober, righteous ways;
And often do we bless the day I snapped the galling chain,
And listened to that Angel's voice, Abstain! Abstain! Abstain!


Teetotal movement V. strong in Victorian Lancashire, started in USA (1819?) spread to Ireland (Dr. Matthews) then to England and launched in England by Joseph Livesey of Preston on 1st September 1832. Lots of other, similar works by dozens of Dialect writers during Lancashire's Industrial Revolution.

Anyone seriously looking at this subject get in touch -SID


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,Michele Callaghan
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 09:44 PM

What about Farewell to Whiskey?


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 08:41 PM

There is such a thing as a *sad* temperance song: "Reunion" by Cyril Tawney.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 03:43 PM

There is a Cajun song (Louisiana-French) called Le Vieux Solard et Sa Femme, which means The Old Drunkard and His Wife. It was performed by Joe Falcon and his wife Clemo Breuax for Columbia Records in 1928.

It is a very catchy tune, which was also used by The Holy Modal Rounders for "Romping in the Swamp". The lyrics (and musical notation) are in the book "The Anthology of American Folk Music" (edited by Joshn Dunson and Ethel Raim, Oak Publications, New York, 1973, ISBN 0-8256-0133-9)which I bought many years ago, which accompanies the 3 CDs of the same name, which of course also features this song. The lyrics as sung on the CD are in French, and while these are also shown in the book there is an English translation:

Where are you going?
My good husband
Where are you going,
You who'll be the death of me
Where are you going, my good old man
The biggest drunk of the countryside

Spoken:
I'm going to the cafe!

What are you going to do there?
My good husband
Where are you going,
You who'll be the death of me
Where are you going, my good old man
The biggest drunk of the countryside

Spoken:
I'm gonna get drunk!

When'll you come back?
My good husband
Where are you going,
You who'll be the death of me
Where are you going, my good old man
The biggest drunk of the countryside

Spoken:
Oh tomorrow or another day!

What do you want me to cook for you?
My good husband
Where are you going,
You who'll be the death of me
Where are you going, my good old man
The biggest drunk of the countryside

Spoken:
Cook me five dozen eggs and a gallon of couscous!

What, that'll kill you!
My good husband
Where are you going,
You who'll be the death of me
Where are you going, my good old man
The biggest drunk of the countryside

Spoken:
Well, maybe I want to die anyway!

Then where do you want me to bury you?
My good husband
Where are you going,
You who'll be the death of me
Where are you going, my good old man
The biggest drunk of the countryside

Spoken:

Bury me in the chimney corner, but put it out a little before or else it'll be hot

No doubt the tune fits the original French lyrics rather better

The book and the CDs (as a boxed set with accompanying background notes, etc) are well worth buying for anyone interested in old-time music. I got my copy of the book in a music shop somewhere in Northern Ireland, but had to get the CDs from www.rootsandrhytm.com in USA, a source of numerous old time music CDs, etc.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 04:58 PM

"Firewater", by the great Penny Lang.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 04:00 PM

On the old U.S. TV "Dean Martin Show," Dean's guest one evening was singer Pat Boone. Boone had a reputation as a clean-living, teetotaling sort who drank only milk. Dean's other guest was the late Phil Harris (for younger folks, the voice of Baloo in Disney's "The Jungle Book"). Phil, who had long had a reputation as a lover of booze, looked askance at Pat Boone, cocked one eye and asked, "Is it true that you really drink milk?" Given an affirmative response, he then asked, "You mean to tell me you get up in the morning KNOWING that's the best you're gonna feel all day?" I rest my case.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 03:28 PM

two more modern country songs are "nothing to die for" by tim mcgraw and "thats why Im here" by kenny chesney!


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,Suffolk Miracle
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 05:11 AM

Drunkard's Doom as sung by Ed McCurdy

At dawn of day, I saw a man
Stand by a grog saloon.
His eyes were sunk, his lips were parched;
Oh, that's the drunkard's doom.

His little son stood by his side,
Then to his father said,
"Father, Mother lies sick at home
And Sister cries for bread."

He rose and staggered to the bar,
As oft he'd done before,
And to the landlord, smiling, said:
"Just fill me one glass more."

The cup was filled at his command;
He drank the poisoned bowl.
He drank, while wife and children starved,
And ruined his own soul.

A year had passed, I went that way,
A hearse stood at the door.
I paused to ask, and one replied,
"The drunkard is no more."

I saw the hearse move slowly on,
Nor wife nor child was there.
They, too, had flown to Heaven's bright home,
And left a world of care.

Now, all young men, a warning take,
And shun the poisoned bowl.
'Twill lead you down to Hell's dark gate
And ruin your own soul.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,Rich
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 05:39 PM

Níl 'na Lá (Traditional Irish)

Please Daddy, Don't get Drunk This Christmas.(John Denver)

Don't come home a-Drinkin' with Lovin' On Your Mind. (Loretta Lynn)

High Cost Of Low Living (Allman Bros.)

Rich


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: BB
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 04:20 PM

Forgotten about this one - from Ron Taylor & Jeff Gillett's CD 'Both Shine as One' - a song called 'Adieu, John Barleycorn'. Well worth a listen!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Gulliver
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 03:32 PM

Goodbye Booze

Goodbye booze,
I'll booze no more
All my drinking
Days are o'er
etc.

There are several versions of this song, one performed by Charlie Poole (who should have taken its advice!).

Don


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Bernard Quenby
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 06:13 AM

Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat from Guys N Dolls


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 07:03 PM

"The War against Drugs" doesn't seem to have produced many good songs.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Artful Codger
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 06:26 PM

Well, I suppose you could consider this a temperance song: "Father's a Drunkard and Mother Is Dead". I haven't researched it--despite the promise of the title, it's rather a lame song--, so I don't know if temperance groups sang it to edify the misguided.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 05:32 PM

Or Shingling the Rum-Seller's Roof?
or Drunkard's Dream?


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 11:44 AM

I've read this thread in bits and pieces, so I don't remember, has anyone mentioned Father, oh father, come home with me now?

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: BB
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 11:29 AM

There's one called 'The Deadly Cup', and there's 'Two Little Gins' by Brenda Orrell from N. Yorks.

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: topical tom
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 11:19 AM

JohnInKansas: many thanks for giving me the blue clicky!


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Sailor Ron
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 10:43 AM

Moody& sankey have several wonderful Temperence 'songs' including "Hace corage my son to say no" and my favourite "The drunkards repentance".


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: irishenglish
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 09:27 AM

"Throw Out The Lifeline"


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 07:21 AM

Bar in mind that you can NEVER drink too much - You can only ever drink 'Just Enough' , and then you fall over .


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Artful Codger
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 05:25 AM

BTW, the choral song "A Social Drink" goes:

I used to like a social drink--(So did I!) (So did I!)
'Twas very good, I used to think--(So did I!) (And I!)

(Chorus:)
Ha ha ha ha! The social drink,
'Twas very good, I used to think,
But now I laugh when asked to drink:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

I don't know any more of it.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Artful Codger
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 05:13 AM

Jack: re Stephen Foster's views:

Foster was an alcoholic. Went on the wagon a number of times, but always fell off again. His drinking was greatly responsible for his wife leaving him and his descent into poverty. I've always viewed "O Comrades, Fill No Glass for Me" as semi-autobiographical. It's a fun song to sing "in moderation", which is to say, in a slightly tipsy manner. In any case, despite the moralizing, it's clearly not a temperance song, since he's not being an asswipe about whether other people drink.

It's interesting that a great number of Temperance songs borrow their tunes from drinking songs. Sure, oftentimes it was an attempt at revisionism, but you'd think that being sober would enable them to write even better tunes--apparently, not so. Having to listen to most Temperance songs would drive one to drink!

From the title, "Sling the Flowing Bowl" sounds like it oughtta be a temperance song. Never quite understood the "slinging" bit--I have to be careful not to sing "Then fling the flowing bowl"!


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 02:38 PM

ttom left off the beginning "<a href=":

Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Never Touch Mine

John


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Kara
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 02:31 PM

Check out, Darling Please don't call me when I'm sober on my myspace


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,cStu
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 02:21 PM

My favourite is Blind Willie McTell's:

God Don't Like It (and I don't either)


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: peregrina
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 01:29 PM

Gillian Welch: Tear my Stillhouse Down


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: topical tom
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 12:25 PM

Sorry! Another clicky goof.The song title is at the end.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: topical tom
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 12:21 PM

"Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Never Touch Mine


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: GUEST,Volgadon
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 12:08 PM

John Barleycorn.


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 11:12 AM

I'm emphatically in favor of temperance. In moderation.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 11:11 AM

There's Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes.

And I can't believe no one has cited the pig song.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 06:02 AM

> Stephen Foster's "O Comrades, Fill No Glass for Me" is a temperance
> song of sorts (long before the Temperance movement, however.)

The temperance movement goes back to the 1830s, though it didn't start creating its own songs until a bit later. The earliest ones I know were written by the Chartists in the 1840s; in its early days temperance was a secular movement with strong socialist links, and the church wouldn't have anything to do with it (in Scotland it depended on funding from brewers and distillers). Temperance songs didn't develop significant Christian content until the 1860s, when the church was getting on the bandwagon and trying to turn the movement to its own ends.

It would be interesting to know where Foster got the idea. I don't know anything about his politics.


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