Which Contains Irish Drinking Songs

The Emerald Isle is as famous for its drunken revelry as it is for its bards and poets, as well as the many times they have come together, Gentle Reader. I tried to avoid stuff that’s pretty familiar – Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly – but, hell, Gentle Reader – I don’t know what you listen to. If you’re looking for Irish Drinking Songs for your St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, look no further – these have been especially selected for you. 

Number 1: Kilkenny Man  – The Rugburns

Best Line: “I was weaned on Whisky, but raised on Gin.”
Worst Line: “Deidely-ai, Deidely-ai, Deidely-ai, Ay.”

I’m monstrous fond of the Rugburns, you know. Mostly because of the song they did called “My Boyfriend” which I like rather more than this, you know? But this is fun and seasonal, and a delight to sing along with.  C+

Number 2: Raised on Black and Tans – Gaelic Storm

Best Line: “I’m from the wrong side of the south side of an Irish neighbourhood/I’ve never been to Ireland, but I know it’s in my blood!”
Worst Line: “I’ve got a sister Meghan with a Celtic Cross tattoo/I’ll tell you a few stories, and every one of them is true!”

This is a pretty great song about being Irish in America, which is of course is perfect for St. Paddy’s. It does focus on drinking, but it also focuses heavily on family history -which we all know that I’m about. B

Number 3: An Irish Pub SongThe Rumjacks

Best Line: “Well! I’ll! Be! Fucked! I’ll up and burst yer filthy mug/ If you draw one more shamrock in me beer!”
Worst Line: “We’ll raise the price of beer a dollar/We’ll make ’em wear a shirt and collar”

This is the opposite of Number 2. It’s about going to an American/ Canadian/ Australian/ Etc. “Irish” pub as an Irish person. I had a hard time finding a worst line – it’s angry, and it’s legitimate anger, and it’s well done. I picked the worst line I did because, well, it’s a bit of a stretch compared to the rest of it –  but I had to listen four times in a row to even find one.  A-

Number 4: Drunken Tuesday – Paddy and the Rats

Best Line: “Wednesday we drank the pain away/Walking with Johnny on Saturday/ Thursday and Friday I don’t remember/ So on Sunday Restarted again.”
Worst Line: 
“So let me go/Mama let me go/Mama let me go/Let me go.”

The chorus, I’m sorry, feels lazy. There are some great lines in this song, though! “My mama told me not to go out/But my lads are in the brewery!” – it’s fun. A solid B. 

Number 5: The Night Pat Murphy Died – Great Big Sea

Best Line: “They put that bottle with the corpse to keep the whiskey cold!”
Worst Line: “Found out when they got there, they’d left the corpse behind!”

This song’s just pure fun. Again, I had a hard time with finding a “worst” line – substantially more so with this one. Still, that particular joke feels a little forced. Nonetheless, this is pretty much how I’d want my own funeral to go.  A+

 

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About Ty DeLyte

Madame DeLyte has suffered a grave disappointment - YET AGAIN - and still believes that freedom, beauty, and truth are what's valuable, rather than vulgar cash. He'd add love to that list - but, well, what can he say about love?
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