All For Me Grog

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Here we have a sailor's song, a sea shanty from the last bitter days of sail; a hard-scrubbed, threadbare relic of hearty “Yo-ho-ho” songs of old. Jack Tar is no longer jolly—his boots are scuffed, the rags of his shirt-tail flog him in the breeze, the alcoholic horrors are not far off and it's time to look for a ship again. This song was originally sung by sailors (English and Irish) on the early clippers to the New World, later evolving to a music hall favorite in the early 1930s to 1950s, and more recently being sung by such Irish bands as the Dubliners, and now revived here by Boxty Rebellion!

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[Chorus] And it's all for me grog… me jolly, jolly grog…
All… for… me beer… and… tobacco…
Well I spent… all… me tin… on the lassies… drinking gin,
And so… across… the western ocean… I must… wander…

Where… are me boots… me noggin, noggin boots…
they're all… gone… for beer and… tobacco…
For the heels… they’re worn out… the toes are kicked about,
And the soles are looking out… for better weather…
[Chorus]
Where… is me shirt… me noggin, noggin shirt…
It's all… gone… for beer and… tobacco…
For the collar… is all worn… and sleeves… they’re all torn,
And the tail… is looking out… for better weather…
[Chorus]
I'm sick… in the head… and I haven't… gone to bed…
Since I came ashore… from me slumber…
For I spent… all me dough… on lassies I don't know…
And across… the Western ocean… I must wander…
[Chorus]
Oh… where… is me bed… me noggin' noggin' bed…
It's all… gone for beer… and tobacco…
You see… I lent it… to… a whore…
And… the sheets… they got… all torn…
And… the springs… are looking out… for better weather…
[Chorus]
Where… is me wife… me noggin' noggin' wife…
I sold her (All gone)… for beer… and tobacco…
You see her (Clap) are all worn out [tits or front]
And her (Clap) was kicked about [Arse]… and
I'm sure… she's looking out, for better weather [Chorus X 2]

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from Irish Pub Songs, released March 20, 2012
Recorded live by Boxty Rebellion at O'Malley's Irish Pub in Shanghai on 20 March 2012.

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Boxty Rebellion 上海市, China

James McGeough (aka Jimmy Dash), from Co. Monaghan, Ireland, formed his original Dash Band in 2008 playing country and blues. In 2009 Irish drinking songs were added to the repertoire. Late in 2010 the repertoire was further expanded with traditional Irish songs and Boxty Rebellion was born! The band, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from USA, Ireland, England and Scotland ... more

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