Slàinte mhath! A Pint of Plain

So, Max has a perfect song for the drinking man to get behind (ho ho). The perfect poem ‘The Workman’s Friend’ comes from one of the perfect novels, Flann O’Brien’s masterpiece At Swim-Two-Birds.

O’Brien hymns to a pint of porter as the solver of all problems for the working man… because of course it brings nothing but your good health!

And while the English invented porter, the Irish made the wonderful stout that is Guinness and Murphy’s etc, the settling of which is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. (they use nitro to carbonate it you know, rather than co2)

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‘The Workmans Friend’
Flann O’Brien(Myles na  gCopaleen)

When things go wrong and will not come right,
Though you do the best you can,
When life looks black as the hour of night
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.

When money’s tight and hard to get
And your horse has also ran,
When all you have is a heap of debt
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.

When health is bad and your heart feels strange,
And your face is pale and wan,
When doctors say you need a change,
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.

When food is scarce and your larder bare
And no rashers grease your pan,
When hunger grows as your meals are rare
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.

In time of trouble and lousy strife,
You have still got a darling plan
You still can turn to a brighter life
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.