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Drinking Songs


A drinking song is a song sung while drinking, that is, consuming alcohol. Some drinking songs are about drink, but many are not. Groups which still have a drinking song tradition include rugby players, hash house harriers, air force fighter pilots, and fraternities. Most drinking songs are folksongs and show variation from person to person and region to region in both the words and in the tunes used for the song.

Some common drinking songs include: "Beer, Beer, Beer", "Fathom the Bowl", "The Fields of Athenry", "Eisgekühlter Bommerlunder", "Limericks", "The Lady in Red", "Barnacle Bill the Sailor", "I Used to Work in Chicago", "Walking Down Canal Street", "The Goddamned Dutch", "Wishing All the Ladies", "In Mobile", "Drunker Than Satan", "The S&M Man", "Seven Drunken Nights", "My Name Is Jack", "Tequila", "I Love a Gang Bang", sung to "The Billboard March".
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HONKY TONK DREAMS 1'24SEC   (by John Rabbit Bundrick )  Composed: 2013
1min 25 sec of the most real honky tonk piano, complete with train arriving and blowing it's whistle. This piano track is a must if you want the real thing, the cowboy saloon piano played by john rabbit bundrick. So real it will make you want a beer..... Instrumental, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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AULD LANG SYNE   (by Vlad Zakrevsky )  Composed: 2013
Two verses of the famous New Year's Eve song. Performed by a chamber mezzo-soprano singer, and arranger in a calm guitar folk style. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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BACK ON THE BOOZE   (by Phil Evans )  Composed: 2010
Everyone goes "on the wagon" at some stage in their life but, eventually, they get "back on the booze". A ripping paced blues number with fire & elation in a jug band skiffle style. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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SONG OF THE MAID   (by Ryan Rapsys )  Composed: 2009
Make up some lyrics and sing along! Medieval drinking tunes using old-styled instruments and harmonies. Charming and simple music, ideal for projects geared to children, harkening back to simpler days of yore, sword and sorcery, pirates, etc. Instrumental, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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GERMAN FOLK DANCE   (by A-P-M Productions )  Composed: 2009
Jolly, lively Bavarian folk dance with traditional German instruments together with classical instruments. The melody is repeated throughout, but the two main sections are in different keys. Oktoberfest, Instrumental, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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RUSSIAN WEDDING   (by Ionics )  Composed: 2009
A Jewish-Russian-like theme. Very jumpy and rhythmic. The fast mandolin solo will sweep you off your feet. Very fun and happy. Featuring tuba, accordion, xylophone and drums. Instrumental, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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NOBODY WANTS TO HAVE A DRINK WITH CLIVE   (by Sean McCabe )  Composed: 2010
Humorous Irish folk ballad about a lonely alcoholic whom nobody ever wants to sit beside in the pub. Quirky lyrics describe this shoplifting bum who drinks in pub by night. whistle accordion banjo gravelly vocal give song very Celtic & Irish pub feel. Perfect for Irish themed movie or documentary, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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AULD LANG SYNE (FOLK VERSION)   (by Brockton James )
Old Scottish traditional drinking song, now mostly associated with New Year's Eve! Very organic, folksy version with acoustic guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonica, flute, bass and drums. Medium slow tempo, perfect for sing-along! Will fit most New Year's Eve or other celebratory moods! Instrumental, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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Y THE LETTER   (by Chris Michols )
A rollicking Maritime-style folk song where the lyricist describes trying to decipher the reasons for a breakup from a (maybe metaphorical) letter his lover left behind. Clever wordplay uses the letter "Y" to stand in for the word "why", as well as to symbolize the divergence of two people's paths. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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HE MET HER AT THE TAVERN   (by Ryan Rapsys )  Composed: 2009
Make up some lyrics and sing along! Medieval drinking tunes using old-styled instruments and harmonies. Instrumental, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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POUR ME ANOTHER   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Uptempo high-energy celtic rock song. Fiddle breaks and strong lyrical hook. Pub song about lifes regrets. Male Vocals, Americana Music, Canadian Music
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HAROLD AND DANNY   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2003
Happy fun drinking song in the Maritime Irish Celtic tradition. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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MARI MAC   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Live veresion of the classic public domain song "Mari Mac". Upbeat fast lively and fun. High energy and fast paced tune that accelerates into a whirling frenzie of singing and dancing. Great Irish pub music for TV and movie scenes with happy party atmosphere. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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EVERY REASON   (by The Gravitons )  Composed: 2010
This track was recently used on a primetime NBC TV Show. Strummed acoustic guitars with organic sounds, light percussion, harmonica/harp, accordian & keyboard. Having (or not having) A Reason to get up in the morning. Nu-Folk, Indie folk reminscent of bands like The Pogues, Mumford & Sons etc, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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GO TO SEA NO MORE   (by Really Free Music )  Composed: 2003
A traditional Sea Shanty with a bold, beautiful, flowing melody. Celtic Irish and English folk, with male and group vocal, sounding a little drunk at times! Accompanied by medieval recorder, acoustic guitar and bass. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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PARK THE CAR   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Maritime drinking song in the classic sing along style. Tempo here is 6/8 time similar to "Wild Rover". Kitchen party atmosphere. Perfect song for party, bar and drinking scenes for film and TV. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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KING HENRY'S GOOD TIMES   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Advice from a colourful patron at a pub. The pace here is frenetic, and Folkins' voice rises to the occasion perfectly. Extreme scorching fiddle reels and blazing guitar motifs fit pub setting atmosphere perfectly. Excellent for period pieces or pub/bar scenes. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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PADDY MURPHY   (by Doug Folkins )  Composed: 2009
Live cover of the classic public domain song "The Night That Pady Murphy Died". Song about an Irish Wake. Party fun drinking song with sing along chorus and upbeat tempo. Fun and lively and folksy. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Drinking Songs
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