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Title:

Old Dun Cow (Traditional (arr. by Roper))

Related:

RPM Challenge Songs, Irish Songs

Lyrics:

Some friends and I in a public house
Were playin' some cards one night
When into the pub a fireman ran
His face all chalky white

"What's up", says Brown, "Have you seen a ghost
Or have you seen your Aunt Mariah?"
"Me Aunt Mariah be buggered!" said he
"The bleedin' pub's on fire!"

"On fire" says Brown "What a bit of luck
Everybody follow me
It's down to the cellar
If the fire's not there
We're gonna have a grand old spree"

So we went on down after good old Brown
The booze we could not miss
And we hadn't been there ten minutes or more
Till we were all quite pissed

And there was Brown upside down
Lappin' up the whiskey off the floor
"Booze, booze!" The firemen cried
When they came knockin' at the door
Oh don't let 'em in till it's all drunk up
And somebody shouted "MacIntyre!"
And we all got blue-blind paralytic drunk
When the Old Dun Cow caught fire

Then, Smith walked over to the port wine tub
And gave it a few hard knocks
He started takin' off his pantaloons
Likewise his shoes and socks

"Hold on, " says Brown, "that ain't allowed
Ya can't do that thing here
Don't go washin' your trousers in the port wine tub
When we got Guinness beer"

And there was Brown upside down
Lappin' up the whiskey off the floor
"Booze, booze!" The firemen cried
When they came knockin' at the door
Oh don't let 'em in till it's all drunk up
And somebody shouted "MacIntyre!"
And we all got blue-blind paralytic drunk
When the Old Dun Cow caught fire

And then there came a mighty crash
Half the feckin' roof gave way
We almost drowned in the firemen's hose
But still we were gonna stay
So we got some tacks and some old wet sacks
And we nailed ourselves inside
And we sat there drinking the finest beer
Till we were bleary-eyed

And there was Brown upside down
Lappin' up the whiskey off the floor
"Booze, booze!" The firemen cried
When they came knockin' at the door
Oh don't let 'em in till it's all drunk up
And somebody shouted "MacIntyre!"
And we all got blue-blind paralytic drunk
When the Old Dun Cow caught fire

Later that night, when the fire was out
We came up from the below
Our pub was burned, our booze was drunk
Our heads were hanging low
"Oh look", says Brown with a look quite strange
Seems something raised his ire
"Now we gotta get down to Murphy's Pub,
It closes on the hour!"

And there was Brown upside down
Lappin' up the whiskey off the floor
"Booze, booze!" The firemen cried
When they came knockin' at the door
Oh don't let 'em in till it's all drunk up
And somebody shouted "MacIntyre!"
And we all got blue-blind paralytic drunk
When the Old Dun Cow caught fire

And we all got blue-blind paralytic drunk
When the Old Dun Cow caught fire

Song Notes:

This week's song tells the story of a group of patrons of a pub who, upon learning that the pub is on fire, head to the cellar to drink all the booze instead of running outside. Recorded as part of our RPM Challenge 2008 album, Sham Rock, this is another traditional Irish song done in the Beatnik Turtle style.

Performance:

Lead Vocals: Tom Roper
Backing Vocals: Tom Roper
Lead Guitar: Tom Roper
Rhythm Guitar: Tom Roper
Bass: Tom Roper
Drums: John Owens
Saxophones: Randy Chertkow


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