Whiskey On A Sunday lyrics

by The Irish Rovers

Come day, go day
Wish in me heart it was Sunday
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday

He sits on the corner of old Beggar's Bush
On top of an old packing crate
He has three wooden dolls that can dance and can sing
As he croons with a smile on his face

Come day, go day
Wish in me heart it was Sunday
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday

His tired old hands tug away at the strings
And the puppets the dance up and down
A far better show than you ever would see
In the fanciest theatre in town

Come day, go day
Wish in me heart it was Sunday
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday

And sad to relate that old Seth Davy died
In nineteen hundred and four
The three wooden dolls in the dustbin were laid
His songs will be heard nevermore

Come day, go day
Wish in me heart it was Sunday
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday

But some stormy night when you're passing that way
And the wind's blowing up from the sea
You'll still hear the song of old Seth Davy
As he croons to his dancing dolls three

Come day, go day
Wish in me heart it was Sunday
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday

Come day, go day
Wish in me heart it was Sunday
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday

Song Details

Seth Davey
Seth Davy performing with his 'dancing dolls'.

Writer: Glyn Hughes (1932-1972)

Brief: The song is about a Jamaican man by the name of Seth Davey, a busker who sang and performed with his dancing dolls outside The Bevington Bush Hotel in Liverpool... and only got whiskey on a Sunday.

The song is sometimes referred to as 'The Ballad Of Seth Davy".

The Irish version of the song refers to Beggars Bush which is located in Dublin.

First Irish Release: 1968 - Danny Doyle popularized the song reaching No. 1 on the Irish charts where it remained for 10 weeks.

Category: Folk

Popular Recording Artists: Danny Doyle, The Dubliners, The Irish Rovers (featured), The Weavers, Max Boyce

Digital Music: Whiskey On A Sunday.mp3 - from the Album The Best Of The Irish Rovers

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