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(Dead Dog) Scrumpy

  • (Trevor Crozier)

    In the year of sixteen forty-two, in a little cider mill
    A poor old dog lay down to rest 'cause he was feeling ill
    He chose a most precarious perch above the apple press
    An in his sleep he tumbled in and perished in distress

    This caused his master for to grieve likewise his mistress too
    Until their sorrows were relieved when they sampled of the brew
    A-ha, cried farmer Attwater, The likes I ne'er did sup
    So he summoned all the neighbours in and bade them take a cup

    And every man who drank that night got drunk as drunk could be
    They wondered how the scrumpy had acquired such potency
    But the farmer kept his council and took another drop
    When all at once the poor old dog came floating to the top

    A silence fell upon the room and every man did frown
    The recognised old Bendigo though he was upside down
    The Squire lost his colour and collapsed upon the floor
    And the vicar lost his britches in the rush to reach the door

    Fear not, cried farmer Attwater, For in all his life I vow
    He never bit no man nor dog, and he'll not bite no man now
    And this shall be his epitaph, Here lies our faithful Ben
    Who perished in the scrumpy vat and quickly rose again

    So if ever you're in Devon and you go into a bar
    Ask for Dead Dog Scrumpy its the best there is by far
    Refuse all imitations and you'll sleep just like a log
    You can always recognise it by the hair of the dog

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1979:] Learnt from Chris Foster. (Notes Iain MacKintosh, 'Live In Glasgow)

  • [2000:] Trevor [Crozier] was killed in 1995(4?) in a motorcycle accident in Malawi where he had been living for several years. (Russ Clare,, 15 Feb)

  • [2000:] The idea of a 'hair of the dog' cure comes from the belief that a bite from a rabid dog could be cured by laying a hair from that dog on the wound. In drinking circles a small amount of alcohol is thought to cure a hangover. (Observer, 9 Jul)

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