On "A Jug of Punch" -
drinking song is traditional, its composer unknown, with an earliest known
date of 1897. Several variants exist across Ireland, as well as eastern
Canada. The choruses are made up of nonsense words alongside the last lines
verse as the stages of life -- and drinking -- are surveyed. The first verse
begins: 'Twas early, early, in the month of June / I was sitting with
my glass and spoon. / A small bird sat on an ivy bunch / And the song he
sang was a jug of punch."
last sentiment treats death as a part of the drinking life: "And when
I'm dead and in my grave / No costly tombstone will I have, / I'll dig a
grave both wide and deep / With a jug of punch at my head and feet. /
Toor-a-loora-la, toor-a-loora-lie / Toor-a-loora-la, toor-a-loora-lie / I'll
dig a grave both wide and deep / With a jug of punch at my head and feet."
pages, circa 3' 15" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
Jug of Punch"