“The Merry Man”


The singer drinks whisky with friends from morning till night. He hates men too miserly to spend their money on drink. He wants no crying or paid keeners at his wake: everyone should toast his journey. All should sing when carrying his body to the grave.


  • Bodleian, Harding B 25(549), "Drinking Song" ("I am a young fellow that loves to be mellow"), J. Pitts (London), 1802-1819


  1. Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 101-105, "The Merry Man" (1 text)
  2. BI, CrPS101


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1820 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(549))