THE PUBLICAN
 
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I keep the pub the Rose and Crown, I should say it keeps me
For that I've got me customers to thank
Some folks say that drinks a curse, it hasn't ruined me
Why bless you I've got hundreds in the bank
The neighbourhood supports me tho' they can't support theirselves
And as strong drink is an evil I admit
To benefit me customers as strong drink is a cuss
Why every night I waters it a bit
When biz is slack and nothing's being drank
I give me customers this bit of swank.

Chorus: What is better than a 'alf a pint of beer?
Why, a quart of it - that's right
That's what I sing as their pots I fill
The more they fill their glasses up the more it fills the till
Oh what is better than to see it disappear
Down the throats at the Rose and Crown
But they wouldn't touch a sup
If they saw me mix it up
But I do like to see 'em get it down.


Our Christmas Club held twice a year brings me a ton of 'splosh'
The geeses costs me four and six apiece
And what with drinks each goose it costs me customers a quid
It's the members of the goose club what's the geese
The glass blowers society what blows froth off their glass
To use no other pub was never known
Good beer never hurts a man I like the beer meself
And that is why I never drinks me own
The kids can't come and drag their parents out
And ruin trade, I bless the law and shout,

Chorus: What is better than a half a pint of beer?
Why, a quart of it
That's what I sing as their pots I fill
The more they fill their glasses up the more it fills the till
Oh what is better than to see it disappear
Down the throats at the Rose and Crown
But they wouldn't touch a sup
If they saw me mix it up
But I do like to see 'em get it down.
 
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Written and composed by Glover & Kind
Performed by Gus Elen (1862-1940)
 
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