Good Ale

Max loves his ESB, so I think this should be his drinking song: an old English favourite newly available on the B’eginner’s Guide to English Folk’…. “It is of good ale to you I’ll sing And to good ale I’ll always cling I like my mug filled to the brim And I’ll drink all you’d like to bring Oh good ale, thou art my darling Thou art my joy both night and morning It is you that helps me with my work And from a task I’ll never shirk While I can get a good home brew And better than one pint, I like two I love you in the early morn I love you in daylight, dark, or dawn And when I’m weary, worn, or spent I’ll turn the tap and ease the vent It is you that makes my friends my foes It is you that makes me wear old clothes But since you come so near my nose It’s up you comes and down you goes And if all my friends from Adam’s race Was to meet me here all in this place I could part from all without one fear Before I’d part from my good beer And if my wife should me despise How soon I’d give her two black eyes But if she loved me as I love thee What a happy couple we should be You have caused me debts that I’ve often swore I never would drink strong ale no more But you, for all that, I’ll forgive And I’ll drink strong ale as long as I live.” And here is an older, traditional version, with alternat(iv)e lyrics: