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Buy Us A Drink (The Fables) video
#742: YouTube video by Martin Sörman
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

Here's to the soldiers that march to the war,
The ugly tin hats and the long woollen drawers;
The colonel says, "Right lads... over the top,"
Then he stands back to watch while the poor buggers drop.

Buy us a drink and we'll sing you a song
Of the chances you missed and the love that went wrong;
If you can't buy a whisky, stand us a pint,
We'll knock it straight down and we'll sing through the night.

Well, there's girls in the parlour, there's girls in the bars,
They paint on a smile so ya don't see the scars;
They get lots of offers, not much respect,
For raising three kids on a government cheque.

Buy us a drink and we'll sing you a song
Of the chances you missed and the love that went wrong;
If you can't buy a whisky, stand us a pint,
We'll knock it straight down and we'll sing through the night.

Drink it down, boys, down,
As long as there's light in the day;
For you won't get a suppper when your number is up,
And they lay you to rot in the clay.

In comes the landlord, so fat and content,
Comes 'round in his Volvo to pick up the rent;
Off with his wad to recline by the pool,
He leaves ya to rot in this dirty old hole.

Buy us a drink and we'll sing you a song
Of the chances you missed and the love that went wrong;
If you can't buy a whisky, stand us a pint,
We'll knock it straight down and we'll sing through the night.

It's the taste of the whisky, to tell ya the truth,
That shortened me days and wasted me youth;
Be kind to your health, sir, do it no wrong,
Put a pint of the black on the end of me arm.

Buy us a drink and we'll sing you a song
Of the chances you missed and the love that went wrong;
If you can't buy a whisky, stand us a pint,
We'll knock it straight down and we'll sing through the night.

Buy us a drink and we'll sing you a song
Of the chances you missed and the love that went wrong;
If you can't buy a whisky, stand us a pint,
We'll knock it straight down and we'll sing through the night.

####.... Alistair Hulett [1951-2010] of Glasgow, Scotland, Pub. AMCOS ....####
Recorded by Roaring Jack (Street Celtability, 1986, Mighty Boy Records, Sydney, Australia); and The Malkies (Suited And Booted, trk#1, 2008, Limbo Music Studio, Otley, West Yorkshire, England, UK).

This variant arranged and recorded by The Fables (A Time / The Fables, trk#7, 2000, Independent, produced by The Fables, distributed by Tidemark Music and Distribution).


See more songs by The Fables.

From Alistair Hulett's songbook notes:
"This was originally written to be a kind of calling-on song for Roaring Jack - a political statement of intent and a wee bit of self-mockery at the same time, I guess. We recorded it on Roaring Jack's first album, Street Celtabillity, in 1986. A short time later the song was picked up by a well-known Canadian-based Irish folk band called The Irish Rovers, who included it on their LP Hardstuff. They changed the words in the chorus from 'If you can't stand a schooner stand us a ten, we'll knock it straight down and we'll sing it again' to 'If you can't stand a whisky stand us a pint, we'll knock it straight down and we'll sing half the night', which is just fine by me. For the non-Australians among you, a schooner is a big beer and a ten is a little one. Since then, Buy Us A Drink has found its way onto the albums of a few Canadian punk folk bands, who all do the Irish Rovers' version of the lyrics. It seems the folk process has overruled me this time, at least around those parts it has."



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