I dreamt a dream the other night I couldn't sleep a wink
The rats were tryin' to count the sheep and I was off the drink
There were footsteps in the parlour and voices on the stairs
I was climbin' up the walls and movin' round the chairs.
I looked out from under the blanket up at the fireplace.
The Pope and John F. Kennedy were starin' in me face.*
Suddenly it dawned at me I was getting the old D.T.s
When the Child o' Prague began to dance around the mantlepiece.

Goodbye to the Port and Brandy, to the Vodka and the Stag,
To the Schmiddick and the Harpic, the bottled draught and keg.
As I sat lookin' up the Guinness ad I could never figure out
How your man stayed up on the surfboard after 14 pints of stout.

Well I swore upon the bible I'd never touch a drop.
My heart was palpitatin' I was sure 'twas going to stop,
Thinkin' I was dyin' I gave my soul to God to keep.
A tenner to St. Anthony to help me get some sleep.
I fell into an awful nightmare - got a dreadful shock.
When I dreamt there was no Duty-free at the airport down in Knock.
George Seawright was sayin' the rosary and SPUC were on the pill.**
Frank Patterson was gargled and he singin' Spancil Hill.


I dreamt that Mr. Haughey had recaptured Crossmaglen
Then Garret got re-elected and gave it back again.
Dick Spring and Roger Casement were on board the Marita-Ann
As she sailed into Fenit they were singin' Banna Strand.
I dreamt Archbishop McNamara was on Spike Island for 3 nights
Havin' been arrested for supportin' Traveller's rights.
I dreamt that Ruairi Quinn was smokin' marijuana in the Dail
Barry Desmond handin' Frenchies out to scuts in Fianna Fail.


I dreamt of Nell McCafferty and Mary Kenny too
The things that we got up to, but I'm not tellin' you.
I dreamt I was in a jacuzzi along with Alice Glenn
'twas then I knew I'd never ever, ever drink again.

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    General CommentPartially related to Christy's own personal experiences 'tryin to get auf the drink', pretty light hearted for what must have been a horrible experience!
    EamhainMhachaon September 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is lighthearted to say the least. It is filled with lots of Irish humor and is very funny.

    CM has used various lyrics for this over the years. This one is from his own website:

    "And then I dreamt I was in the jacuzzi with that auld hoor from No. 10"

    ('auld hoor from No. 10' instead of 'along with Alice Glenn')

    Here, "that auld hoor from No. 10" translates to "that old whore from No. 10 (Downing St.)", which would be a very derogatory reference to Margaret Thatcher. This makes perfect sense, since they couldn't come from more distant sides of the political spectrum.

    It is pretty hilarious once you understand this slur! :)
    tsreybon June 23, 2009   Link

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