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Seven Drunken Nites (Joan Morrissey) video

This is one of seven versions we have collected of a song which seems to have been originally titled "Our Goodman"

See also: Five Drunk Nights (English Traditional)
And also: Seven Drunken Nights (Traditional #1)
And also: Seven Drunken Nights (Traditional #2)
And also: Seven Drunken Nights (The Dubliners)
And also: Shickered As He Could Be (Eng Traditional)
And also: The Traveler (English Traditional)
#706 YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Spoken:
We're here at the Admirals Keg,
And right now we'd like to do a number for you called,
The Seven Drunken Nights.

Well, he came home on Monday night,
As drunk as he could be;
And he saw an arse outside the door,
Where his ol' arse should be.
So, he says to his wife, he says to her,
Will you kindly tell to me,
Who owns the arse outside the door,
Where my ol' arse should be?

Spoken: You know, for anyone that -
We would like to mention this to you,
If you don't know our Newfoundlandish -
That is horse without the 'aitch'....
Now you have it right. There ya go.

You're drunk, you're drunk,
You silly old fool, you're drunk as you can be;
It's only just a sow,
That me mother sent to me.
Now, many a day I've travelled,
A hundred miles or more;
But a sow with a saddle,
I've never seen before.

Now, he came home on Tuesday night,
As drunk as he could be;
And he saw a coat upon the door,
Where his ol' coat should be.
So, he says to his wife, he says to her,
Will you kindly tell to me,
Who owns the coat upon the door,
Where my ol' coat should be?

Ohhhhhhhhh, you're drunk again,
You silly ol' fool, drunk as you can be;
It's only just a blanket,
That me mother sent to me.
Now, many a day I've travelled,
A hundred miles or more;
But a blanket with button holes,
I've never seen before.

Well, Wednesday night he came home again,
Spoken: (We get our laughing bag on again.)
As drunk as he could be,
He saw a pipe upon the chair,
Where his ol' pipe should be.
So, he says to his wife, he says to her,
Will you kindly tell to me,
Who owns the pipe upon the chair,
Where my ol' pipe should be?

Ohhhhhhhhh, you're drunk, you're drunk,
You silly old fool, you're drunk as you can be;
It's only a tin whistle,
That my mother sent to me.
Now many a day I've travelled,
A hundred miles or more;
But a tinwhistle with smoke in it,
I've never seen before.

It was Wednesday night or Thursday night???
Thursday.... Thursday he came home again,
And I think we're all getting soused, you see;
And he saw two shoes beneath the bed,
Where his ol' shoes should be.
So, he says to his wife, he says to her,
Will you kindly tell to me,
Who owns the shoes beneath the bed,
Where my ol' shoes should be?

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, you're drunk again,
You silly old fool, you're drunk as you can be;
It's only two geranium pots,
Me mother sent to me.
Now many a day I've travelled,
A hundred miles or more,
But geranium pots with laces,
I've never seen before.

Friday night again he came home,
And he was soused as soused could be;
And he saw a head upon the bed,
Where his ol' head should be.
So, he says to his wife, he says to her,
Will you kindly tell to me,
Who owns the head upon the bed,
Where my ol' head should be?

Ohhhhhhhhh, you're drunk again,
You silly old fool, drunk as you can be;
It's only just a baby boy,
Me mother sent to me.
Now many a day I've travelled,
A hundred miles or more,
But a baby boy with whiskers,
I've never seen before.

Saturday night he staggered in,
And he was as drunk as he could be;
And he saw a hand upon her breast,
Where his ol' hand should be.
So, he says to his wife, he says to her,
Will you kindly tell to me,
Who owns the hand upon your breast,
Where my ol' hand should be?

Ohhhhhhhhh, you're drunk again,
You silly old fool, drunk as you can be;
It's only just a brassiere,
That me mother sent to me.
Now, many a day I've travelled,
A hundred miles or more,
But a brassiere with fingers,
I've never seen before.

Spoken:
Now, the last one we're gonna clean it up,
Not like the first time:

He came home on Sunday night,
And he was as drunk as he could be;
And he saw a blankety-blank;
So, he says to his wife, he says to her,
(Never mind what!)
Will you kindly tell to me,
(Use your imagination!)
Who owns the blank,
Where my old blank should be?

Oh, you're drunk again,
You silly old fool, drunk as you can be;
It's only just a rollin pin,
Me mother sent to me.
Now, many a day I've travelled,
A hundred miles or more,
But a rolling pin with a head like that!
I've never seen before!

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an 18th-century English traditional ballad, Four Nights Drunk (Child Ballad #274) The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child [1825-1896] (Dover, 1965) ....####
This variant recorded by Joan Morrissey (Joan Morrissey At The Admiral's Keg, trk#1, 1969, Paragon Records, Toronto, Ontario, distributed by Marathon Music, Inc).

Note: Joan Morrissey spent two years headlining at the Hotel Newfoundland's Admiral's Keg Club.


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