Some friends and I in a public house
Were playing a game of chance one night
When into the pub a fireman ran
His face all a chalky white.
“What’s up,” says Brown, “Have you seen a ghost,
Or have you seen your Aunt Mariah?”
“Me Aunt Mariah be buggered!”, says he,
“The bleedin’ pub’s on fire!”
And there was Brown he was upside down
He was lappin’ up the whiskey on the floor.
And “Booze, booze!” The firemen cried
As they came knockin’ on the door (clap clap)
Oh don’t let ’em in till it’s all drunk up
Somebody shouted MacIntyre! MACINTYRE!
And we all got blue-blind paralytic drunk
When the Old Dun Cow caught fire.
“Oh well,” says Brown, “What a bit of luck.
Everybody follow me.
It’s down to the cellar
If the fire’s not there
We’ll have a grand old spree.”
So we went on down after good old Brown
The booze we could not miss
And we hadn’t been there ten minutes or more
Till we were quite pissed.
Then, Smith walked over to the port wine tub
Gave it a few hard knocks (clap clap)
Started takin’ off his pantaloons
Likewise his shoes and socks.
“Oh no, ” says Brown, “you can’t do that.
You shouldn’t do that round here.
Don’t go washin’ trousers in the port wine tub
When we got Guinness beer.”
Then there came from the old back door
The Vicar of the local church.
And when he saw our drunken ways,
He began to scream and curse.
“Ah, you drunken sods! You heathen clods!
You’ve taken to a drunken spree!
And you drank up all the Benedictine wine
And you didn’t save a drop for me!”
And then there came an awful crash
Half the bloody roof gave way.
We was almost drowned in the firemen’s hose
But still we were gonna stay.
So we got some tacks and some old wet sacks
And we nailed ourselves inside
And we sat drinking the finest Rum
Till we was bleary-eyed.
Later that night, when the fire was out
We came up from the cellar below.
Our pub was burned. Our booze was drunk.
Our heads was hanging low.
“Oh look”, says Brown with a look quite queer.
Seems something raised his ire.
“Now we gotta get down to the Irish Dragoon,
It closes on the hour!”