Battles and wars leave deep wounds and scars
And deep wounds are long in the mending
While reflecting upon all that is gone
Life rushes on to its ending
Thou the joy and the pain in our memory remain
And by memories lifetimes are measured
Still the times that we spend among lovers and friends
Are times we remember with pleasure.

So fill up your glass that future and past
In harmony be determined
For there's more friendship poured out
In one bottle of stout
Than you'll find in statute or sermon

I've heard all the old songs all the rights and the wrongs
Heard prophets of doom and destruction
Street corner messiahs, moral pariahs
Dealers in Bribes and corruption
From the holy and wise denials and lies
When innocent youth was forsaken
Yes I've watched the night end among lovers and friends
And been sorry to see the dawn breaking

So fill up your glass that future and past
In harmony be determined
For there's more friendship poured out
In one bottle of stout
Than you'll find in statute or sermon

There are those who are certain that drinking and courting
Are the sure road to hell and damnation
But if that is to be it would seem unto me
That their god has no sense of occasion
For to help this great plan both woman and man
Bring forth each new generation
And a wee drop of stout and the odd bit of a holt
Can greatly assist procreation

So fill up your glass throw your arm round your lass
In harmony be determined
For there's more friendship poured out
In one bottle of stout
Than you'll find in statute or sermon

To the brashest and proudest and those who shout loudest
It would seem that power has been given
To berate us deride us separate and divide us
In the hope of their version of heaven
But mountains and rivers will by far outlive us
And when our bones into dust they have withered
There'll be lovers and friends who will still comprehend
The true reason we're all here together

So fill up your glass that future and past
In harmony be determined
For there's more friendship poured out
In one bottle of stout
Than you'll find in statute or sermon.


Lyrics submitted by EamhainMhacha

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