I have a story I think you should hear
so sit down my friend and pour yourself a beer
He was born in the homeland in 1819
And Sean Reilly was the drunkest man this world has ever seen

He started bright and early with that rare old mountain dew
He’d drink down one pint, and then he’d drink down two
He would finish his jug, and head toward the door
And go down to the local pub to drink again some more

So raise up your glasses and hail to the king
Sean Reilly was the drunkest man this world has ever seen
Drink down your whiskey when you hear that ceilidh call
Cause there’s a little bit, yes a little of Sean Reilly in us all

Sean Reilly would challenge the roughest of men
He’d drink until they all passed out and challenge them again
They would gather together from all over town
But nary a man could drink Sean Reilly down

So raise up your glasses and hail to the king
Sean Reilly was the drunkest man this world has ever seen
Drink down your whiskey when you hear that ceilidh call
Cause there’s a little bit, yes a little of Sean Reilly in us all

Then one night as he sat and drank in walked an Irish lass
She looked him in the eye and said, “I’ll drink you off your ass”
They sat down at the table and poured the whiskey round
And before the night was over she had drunk Sean Reilly down

Soon after they were married, it was the grandest thing
For when she out-drunk him he had finally found his queen
They drank together the rest of their life
As the drunkest of couples: Sean Reilly and his wife

So raise up your glasses and hail to the king
Sean Reilly was the drunkest man this world has ever seen
But his lady could drink until she made Sean Reilly fall
So there’s a little bit, yes a little of Mrs. Reilly in us all!


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