The World According To Damien
in a World gone mad – one sane voice emerges…

Damien on… “Drink Up Thy Zider” – LYRICS!

Drink up thee cider George, pass us round the mug

Drink up thee cider George, thy garden’s bare nigh dug

Thy cheeks been getting redder, from Charterhouse to Chedder

And there’s still more cider in the jug


CHORUS: Drink up thee cider, drink up thee cider

For tonight we’ll merry be

We’ll knock the milk churns[maids] over and roll ’em in the clover

The corn’s half cut and so be we


Drink up thee cider George, thee’s been going far

Drink up thee cider George, thee’s getting quite a star

There’s dung all o’er the ‘taters and ‘alf way up thee gaiters

And there’s still more cider in the jar


CHORUS: Drink up…


Drink up thee cider George, get up off the mat

Drink up thee cider George, put on thy gurt big hat

We’re off to Barrow Gurney, (for) to see my brother Ernie

And there’s still more cider in the vat

CHORUS: Drink up…


Drink up thee cider George, get it off thee chest

Drink up thee cider George, it’s time we had a rest

There’s nothing like good cider (if) to make thee smile grow wider

And there’s still more cider in The West


CHORUS: Drink up…


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eefdl43gGEM

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2 Responses to “Damien on… “Drink Up Thy Zider” – LYRICS!”

  1. Its great having the lyrics to ”drink up thee zyder” Reminds me of ‘ome.
    Just one thought, in verse 3 I think it should be Barrow Guerney, as in Barawl Gernee which was the looney bin in ”Bristle”

  2. I believe you are RIGHT, John – and I have modified the lyrics accordingly.

    What the lyric I acquired said – NEVER sounded right. Certainly, on the record, Barrow Gurney/Barawl Gernee sounds MUCH more like it. Perhaps some CENSORSHIP was involved – like changing milkmaids to milkCHURNS…

    But when I did some karaoke tracks a while back, I noticed the PUBLISHED lyrics OFTEN varied from what one heard on the record. Even with Beatles songs – and they WROTE them.

    F’rinstance, in the lyrics to …Zider, the word which is definitely pronounced THEE is spelled THY.

    Of course, not being West Country myself, I’d not heard of Barrow Gurney (in East Anglia – MY old stamping ground – it would be St Clements). But I just now Googled it and it’s as you said.

    With …Zider, I tried to fall somewhere between what was in the official lyric and what I could clearly hear on the record. But the two vary widely – so I am now about to change all the thys for thees and ziders for ciders as well!

    Thank you!


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