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Barroom Mountaineers

  • Davey Clark

    In Drymen Square so fair and fine
    There stands a shop that sells good wine
    It's full of whisky, wine and beer
    And so are the barroom mountaineers
    We're the barroom mountaineers

    If you hear a tally-ho, tally--ho, tally-ho
    In the middle of the night, in the middle of the night
    Don't tremble so, dear hostelite
    Just close your eyes and have no fear
    It's only a drunken mountaineer
    We're the barroom mountaineers

    We've never ever climbed a great big hill
    And we hope tae hell we never will
    For the highest we've climbed is a windae sill
    We're the barroom mountaineers

    Don't be afraid to look us over
    We are very seldom sober
    And when we've had enough for four
    You'll never see us on the floor
    It's up to the bar and yell for mo-o-o-o-ore
    We're the barroom mountaineers

    From the shores of Balmaha, from the shores of Balmaha
    To the hills of Aberfoyle, to the hills of Aberfoyle
    From Drymen Square to Glasachoile
    We're famous everywhere we go
    As a shower of drunken so-and-sos
    We're the barroom mountaineers

    ( The tune changes for each verse)

    As sung by Ewan McVicar

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  • [1958] [A] mountaineering "classic". (Norman Buchan, Weekly Scotsman, Dec 18)

    [1990:] I sang enthusiastically a Glasgow hiker's ballad I'd heard in Morris Blythman's house in the 1950s. When interviewed [...] I mentioned that I had been unable to find any trace of the writer's name. The floodgates opened. The songs and poems of Davey Clark, a shipyard welder to trade, are still highly valued by the old guard of the hiking fraternity. [...] Pleased with my discovery of authorship, I began to play a game with folk music enthusiasts of my own vintage, asking them who wrote the song, acknowledging their puzzlement and triumphantly announcing my findings. Till one night I met with John Dillon, musician and singer, Rutherglen worthy. 'A poser, John. Who wrote the Barroom Mountaineers?' John looked at me, surprised I should ask. 'Davey Clark, of course. We used to drink in the same pub.' The trick is knowing who to consult.
    Many singers admire the sentiments and priorities of this song - the idea of going hillwalking but never getting out of the pub. (McVicar, One Singer One Song 116)

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