“Bumpers, Bumbers, Flowing Bumpers”


The watchman calls "4" but we have to finish one more bottle. Anyone who wants to leave: "out of the window at once with him." Our whisky is from a still. Let's toast the sun rising as we did when it set. Then we'll go out and "leather" the watchman.


Bumper: [noun] "a cup or glass filled to the brim or till the liquor runs over esp. in drinking a toast"; [verb] "to fill to the brim (as a wineglass) and empty by drinking,""to toast with a bumper,""to drink bumpers of wine or other alcoholic beverages" (source: _Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged_, 1976). Croker-PopularSongs: One bottle of whisky is about thirteen tumblers. - BS

Cross references

  • cf. "Lillibullero" (tune, according to Croker-PopularSongs)


  1. Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 94-95, "Bumpers, Bumbers, Flowing Bumpers" (1 text)
  2. BI, CrPS094


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1821 (_Blackwood's Magazine_, according to Croker-PopularSongs)
Keywords: drink nonballad