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Put Guinness on a mermaid’s tail
And it will turn to milk
Put that milk in a glass of tea
And drench away your ills
It will make all old men frisky
It will make all young men strong
And the mermaid’s tail will vanish
To give all men what they want
The seal will graze the meadow
The salmon swim the lanes
All Tax and Debts will vanish
We'll ride the gravy train
The taps will run with pennies
The pumps will pour with gold
There’ll be no lack of plenty
And the Craic will not go cold
But, should we drink this liquor
That has such a magic touch?
Could a glass so filled with wonder
Be filled with just too much?
Is Mermaid's Milk a fishy tale
Too marvellous to be true?
Have the Old Wives and the Fairies
Gone a step too far, or two?
Young men in their innocence
Old men in their prime
Should they fish the strands and beaches
Through the hours of Opening Time?
Well for the good of all the Craic
Pass the teapot down the Bar
If there's magic in the Mermaid's brew
I'll drink it by the jar
But let me never not drink porter
It's the Blood in Ireland's veins
For with Mermaid's Milk or The Guinness
My thirst is still the same.
A poem I wrote to be said at Irish Trad Music Sessions. It is my joy to play the Bodhran (drum) and recite a few tales and this one often gets me a cup of tea or two.
66/M/Whitby, N Yorks, UK
(66/M/Whitby, N Yorks, UK)
Ciel De Verre
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