Seven Drunken Nights lyrics

The Dubliners

The name of this song is "The Seven Drunken Nights"
But we're only allowed to sing five of them, so here goes...

As I went home on a Monday night as drunk as drunk could be
I saw a horse outside the door where my old horse should be
Well, I called me wife and I said to her, "Will you kindly tell to me"
"Who owns that horse outside the door where my old horse should be?"

Ah, you're drunk, you're drunk you silly old fool
Still you can not see
That's a lovely sow that me mother sent to me
Well, it's many a day I've travelled a hundred miles or more
But a saddle on a sow sure I never saw before

And as I went home on a Tuesday night as drunk as drunk could be
I saw a coat behind the door where my old coat should be
Well, I called me wife and I said to her, "Will you kindly tell to me"
"Who owns that coat behind the door where my old coat should be?"

Ah, you're drunk, you're drunk you silly old fool
Still you can not see
That's a woollen blanket that me mother sent to me
Well, it's many a day I've travelled a hundred miles or more
But buttons in a blanket sure I never saw before

And as I went home on a Wednesday night as drunk as drunk could be
I saw a pipe up on the chair where my old pipe should be
Well, I called me wife and I said to her, "Will you kindly tell to me"
"Who owns that pipe up on the chair where my old pipe should be?"

Ah, you're drunk you're drunk you silly old fool
Still you can not see
That's a lovely tin whistle that me mother sent to me
Well, it's many a day I've travelled a hundred miles or more
But tobacco in a tin whistle sure I never saw before

And as I went home on a Thursday night as drunk as drunk could be
I saw two boots beneath the bed where my old boots should be
Well, I called me wife and I said to her, "Will you kindly tell to me"
"Who owns that pipe up on the chair where my old pipe should be?"

Ah, you're drunk you're drunk you silly old fool
Still you can not see
They're two lovely Geranium pots me mother sent to me
Well, it's many a day I've travelled a hundred miles or more
But laces in Geranium pots I never saw before

And as I went home on a Friday night as drunk as drunk could be
I saw a head inside the bed where my old head should be
Well, I called me wife and I said to her, "Will you kindly tell to me"
"Who owns that head with you in the bed, where my old head should be?"

Ah, you're drunk you're drunk you silly old fool
Still you can not see
That's a baby boy that me mother sent to me
Well, it's many a day I've travelled a hundred miles or more
But a baby boy with his whiskers on I never saw before

Da di da la da de...

Song Details

The Dubliners
The Dubliners

Author: Traditional

Alternative Titles: Four Nights Drunk, Five Nights Drunk, Seven Nights, Drunk, Home (Hame) Drunk Came I, The Jealous Hearted Husband, The Old Man Came Home One Night, When I Came Home Last Saturday Night, The Good Old Man, Arrow Goodman, Kind Wife, Parson Jones.

Earliest Date: 1776 in Scotland titled Our Goodman

Brief: A man comes home in a drunken state each night, only to find evidence of another man having been with his wife. Time and time again she comes up with explanations which are not very convincing.

You'll notice at the start of the song by The Dubliners: The name of this song is "The Seven Drunken Nights" but we're only allowed to sing five of them, so here goes...

The song omits Saturday and Sunday night, as they are a little too bawdy to mention. There are several differing verses for these two nights - all very entertaining. ☘

The Dubliners: Popularised the song with a release on March 30, 1967 from the album A Drop of the Hard Stuff. It peaked at No. 1 in Ireland, No.7 in the UK charts and appeared on Britain's Top of the Pops - the world's longest running weekly music show (1 Jan 1964 - 30 July 2006).

Covers: Celtic Thunder, Mike Denver

Category: Irish Drinking Song

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