Rare Old Mountain Dew lyrics

by Foster & Allen

Hi di-diddly-idle-dum, diddly-doodle-diddly-dum
Diddly-doo-di-diddly-dum-deh
Hi di-diddly-idle-dum, diddly-doodle-diddly-dum
Diddly-doo-di-diddly-dum-deh

Let grasses grow and waters flow in a free and easy way
But give me enough of the fine old stuff that's made near Galway Bay
And policemen all from Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim too
We'll give them the slip and we'll take a sip
Of the rare old Mountain Dew

Hi di-diddly-idle-dum, diddly-doodle-diddly-dum
Diddly-doo-di-diddly-dum-deh
Hi di-diddly-idle-dum, diddly-doodle-diddly-dum
Diddly-doo-di-diddly-dum-deh

At the foot of the hill there's a neat little still
Where the smoke curls up to the sky
By the smoke and smell you can plainly tell
There's poitin brewin' close by

For it fills the air with a perfume rare
That betwixt both me and you
And home you stroll, we can take a bowl
Or a bucket of the Mountain Dew

Hi di-diddly-idle-dum, diddly-doodle-diddly-dum
Diddly-doo-di-diddly-dum-deh
Hi di-diddly-idle-dum, diddly-doodle-diddly-dum
Diddly-doo-di-diddly-dum-deh

[Instrumental]

Now learned men who use the pen
Have wrote your praises high
On a sweet potcheen from Ireland green
Distilled from wheat and rye

Throw away your pills, it'll cure all ills
Be ye Pagan, Christian or Jew
Take off your coat and grease your throat
With the rare old Mountain Dew

Hi di-diddly-idle-dum, diddly-doodle-diddly-dum
Diddly-doo-di-diddly-dum-deh
Hi di-diddly-idle-dum, diddly-doodle-diddly-dum
Diddly-doo-di-diddly-dum-deh

Hi di-diddly-idle-dum, diddly-doodle-diddly-dum
Diddly-doo-di-diddly-dum-deh
Hi di-diddly-idle-dum, diddly-doodle-diddly-dum
Diddly-doo-di-diddly-dum-deh

Song Details

Author: Unknown - the song is also known as The Real Old Mountain Dew popularised by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.

Earliest Date: 1916 (OLochlainn)

Brief: A happy song about moonshine - home brewed whiskey. The singer loves his illegal brew regardless of the law. He likens it to the smell of sweet perfume with the ability to cure all ills... take off your coat and grease your throat with the rare old Mountain Dew.

References:
still: apparatus used to distill alcohol
Poitin / Potcheen: traditional Irish distilled beverage.
betwixt - between

Category: Irish Drinking Song

Other recording artists: The Dubliners, The Pogues, Orthodox Celts, Kick Up the Dust, The Fenians, The Led Farmers, Annmarie O'Riordan, The Shantys, Dublin Public, Kilkenny Band, Patsy Watchorn.

Logo Rare Old Mountain Dew by Foster & Allen from the album Songs We Love To Sing (released July 14, 1994 )

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