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The Parting Glass
(trad.)

Of all the money that e'er I had
I spent it in good company
And all the harm I've ever done
Alas it was to none but me
And all I've done for want of wit
To mem'ry now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be to you all

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befall
And gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all


Of all the comrades that e'er I had
They're sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They'd wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

(chorus)

A man may drink and not be drunk
A man may fight and not be slain
A man may court a pretty girl
And perhaps be welcomed back again
But since it has so ought to be
By a time to rise and a time to fall
Come fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befall
And gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all



Here is a serious partner of the famous Auld Lang Syne.

The lyrics were at least published in the Skene Manuscript (circa 1630) but many verses could be of a previous origin.

The air used to fit these words has changed many times : generally considered as a Scottish traditional tune, it has also several Irish or North-American roots.

So, let's drink the parting glass!

The Parting Glass

Scottish bagpipe tunes

GAELIC AIR

LYRICS

- score written by Éric McLewis with CelticPipes

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