Song of a Drinking Man’s Wife (Alistair Hulett)

“Song of a Drinking Man’s Wife” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Song of a Drinking Man’s Wife” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Performer: Alistair Hulett.
Lyrics: Roaring Jack.
Tune: Roaring Jack.


My old man has a heart that is warm
As a breeze on a summer’s afternoon.
He is clever with his hands; you should see his fingers dance.
And when he laughs, he’s as crazy as the moon.
I’ve been with him now for nearly sixteen years,
But I can’t tell you how for I’ve cried so many tears.

He can’t seem to lay off the bottle;
He just doesn’t know when to stop.
Something snaps in his head, and he won’t come to bed
Till he’s finished every drop.

My old man has been in and out of work
For as long as I can recall.
It is all for his grog that he can’t hold down a job,
And we have nothing much to show for it all.
There’s nothing that I need; I am not that way inclined.
It just makes my heart bleed to see him get so blind.

He can’t seem to lay off the bottle;
He just doesn’t know when to stop.
Something snaps in his head, and he won’t come to bed
Till he’s finished every drop.

Well, I think I’ll send the kids for a spell with me mum,
And I’ll just take some time on my own.
We could talk, but I doubt that we’d ever work it out.
But I’m not sure that I could live alone.
It’s been so many years; Christ, it’s almost half me life.
But he’s married to his beer, and I don’t feel much like a wife.

He can’t seem to lay off the bottle;
He just doesn’t know when to stop.
Something snaps in his head, and he won’t come to bed
Till he’s finished every drop.

Now my old man had a heart that was warm
As a breeze on a summer’s afternoon.
He was clever with his hands; you should have seen his fingers dance.
But now he’s living n a rented room.
We meet from time to time, but there’s nothing much to say.
We once had something fine, but there’s nothing left today.

He can’t seem to lay off the bottle;
He just doesn’t know when to stop.
Something snaps in his head, and he won’t come to bed
Till he’s finished every drop.

Something snaps in his head, and he won’t come to bed
Till he’s finished every drop.

And he’s finished every drop.


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