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    One of my cyberfriends has done this witty little ode to our favourite pub chain http://www.myspace.com/eliza.p (select the "Welcome to..." track on the playlist).

    This has got me thinking of what other pubs or pub chains get mentioned in the world of song.

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    The classic "Pop Goes the Weasel" including The Eagle just off the City Road.

    And then there's that old music hall favourite "Down at the Old Bull and Bush".

    I'll leave others to come up with the more obscure ones.

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    The Old Bull & Bush At Hampstead

    Down at the Old Bull & Bush this was I heard sung there accompanied by the old piano long before it became a record.
    when I used too drink there in the early seventy's the words were painted around the walls of the Pub on a Note scale.
    Don't You just hate Pubs that say
    ( We don't stock any Real Ales as theres Just no call for it.)

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    "Went into the Nags Head , to sustinate me belly" Charlotte , the Macc Lads , thats the first one that comes to mind
    Theres a Man with a Mullet going Mad with a Mallet in Millets !

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    Very good, thanks for that Roger.

    I'm scraping the barrel, but how about the non specific Liars' Bar (Beautiful South), or the equally unnamed 'greatest little boozer' in (The Pogues') 'Sally MacLennane'?

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    “Pill, Pill”, by Scrumpy and Western pioneers The Wurzels references two of the town’s hostelries in its chorus.

    Pill, Pill, I love thee still
    Even though I’m leavin’
    Pill, Pill, I love thee still
    When the ferry boat starts heavin’
    When the rain down pours, the thunder roars
    The lightnin’ flashes bright
    I’ll be better by far in The Duke or The Star
    Than on the old Pill ferry tonight.
    And you can really taste the hops!

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    The first song that came to my mind was "The Pub with No Beer" sung with a strong Aussie accent.Cannot remember the words or the singer.

    While on holiday at Clevedon I asked a barmaid if Pill was worth a visit. " Not unless you want to see a lot of babies with no fathers. Thats all they seem to produce in that place ". I thought that may have been a bit harsh a judgement.
    Last edited by arwkrite; 07-08-2010 at 13:31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arwkrite View Post
    The first song that came to my mind was "The Pub with No Beer" sung with a strong Aussie accent.Cannot remember the words or the singer.
    That would be Slim Dusty although Rolf Harris and the Dubliners have made notable versions. I assume they were singing about the Boadicea.

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    I believe there actually was a temperence society pub with no beer somewhere.

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    Looking at the words for " In my Liverpool Home", made popular by The Spinners in my younger years, in verse six Yates gets a mention as being the place to drink all day.This was well before 24 hour drinking.Mind you this song is rumoured to have 300 verses,plenty of room to mention a few pubs I suppose.
    Its been many years since I was into folk music and rambling ( though Conrad would argue the last point ). Pubs, being the places that kept folk music alive for years, I would have thought were worth a mention in a folk song or two.

    I would suppose that most of you have heard that song of homage to White Van Man.." I've Been Every Where Man " which is a gazetteer of place names. It surprises me that no version using pub names has been written. Or has it ?

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