"The Old Rose and Crown"

mhardy6647

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My favorite radio music program, VPR's All the Traditions, opened the show tonight with this "chestnut" (well, from 1985) -- a wry take on modernization of the British pub.
On the off-chance any of all y'all aren't familiar with, I thought it worthy of sharing.


chorus:
What has become of the old Rose and Crown?
The Ship, the King’s Arms, and the World Upside Down.
For oak, brass, and leather, and a pint of the best
Fade away like the sun as it sinks in the west.


Good friends, gather round and I’ll tell you a tale.
It’s a story well known to all lovers of ale.
The old English pub, once a man’s second home
Has been decked out by brewers in plastic and chrome.


The old oaken bar where the pumps filled your glass
Gives way to Formica and tanks full of gas.
And the landlord behind, once a man of good cheer
Just mumbles the price as he hands you your beer.


And where are the friends who would meet for a jar,
Or a good game of darts in the old public bar?
Well the dartboard is gone, in its place is a thing
Where you pull on the handle and lose all your tin.


But the worst of it all’s what they’ve done to the beer.
For their shandies and lagers will make you feel queer.
For an arm and a leg, they will fill up your glass
With a half and half mixture of ullage and gas.


So come all you good people who like to sup ale
Here’s hope to a happier end to my tale
For there’s nothing can fill a man’s heart with more cheer
Than to sit in a pub with a pint of good beer.


source: The Old Rose and Crown | The Jovial Crew (lyrics slightly modified, apparently)

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