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This is a parody of one of the most well-known of all Irish Pub songs, The Wild Rover. It became a very popular number with the band, as the words can quickly be changed to fit whomever fell off a stool or whatever fun was had the night before.
It originally commemorated the feats of Limerick's own Barney Kennedy after a long spree at Clancy's Irish Pub in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Barney stumbled while cutting through the parking lot of the local constabulary on his way home afoot in a
blinding snowstorm. After losing his footing he was discovered by a deputy and promply hauled off to detoxify. That his tab that night was legendary only fueled the enthusiasm of his friends.This song was first used the following evening at Clancy's--much to the delight of all of Barney's drinking companions--which were numerous!
Barney's hangover was such that he never really appreciated the customization and work that went into the song. Audiences enjoy the opportunity to sing and clap to the Wild Rover and this is the perfect encore number. And Barney, wherever you are today, here's lookin' at you, and looking out for you!
The Hard Drinker
I've been a hard drinker for many a year,
And I always fall over on ten pints of beer,
So now when I drink, I sit on the floor,
And I never will risk falling over no more.
And it's no, nay, never,
No, nay, never, no more,
Will I drink and fall over,
No never, no more.
I went to a Pub that I used to frequent,
Despite having sworn that I'd give up for Lent,
I asked for two pints, but the barman said "Nay!
You'll only fall over like you did yesterday."
I'll pulled from my pocket two shiny gold pounds, And I managed to do it without falling down,
The barman said "Sir, please choose from this list,
And I'm sorry if just now I thought you were pissed".
I think that I'll stick now to stiff drinks and shorts, Like whiskey and punch and pernods and ports,
Cut down on the volume of all that I drink,
Then at least when I throw up I won't block the sink.
I'll go back to my girlfriend, confess what I've done,
And if she should hit me I won't turn and run,
I'll promise to give up... but if I should fail...
I'll meet you next Thursday for ten pints of ale.