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Song Pills of White Mercury

from Fairly Cookin' by Drop The Floor

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As I was a walking by the banks of the Ugie Come my dear friends and a story I'll relate
I spied a dear comrade all dressed in white linen
Dressed in white flannel and cruel was his fate
The mercury was beating, the limestone was reeking
His tongue all inflamed hung over his chin
A hole in his bosom, his teeth were a closin'
Bad luck to the girlie that had gi'ed him the glim

[Chorus:] And had she but told me, oh when she dishonored me
Had she but told me of it in time
I might have been cured by those pills of white mercury
Now I am a young man cut down in my prime

My parents they warned me and oftimes they chided
With those young flash girls do not sport and play
But I never listened, no I never heeded I just carried on in my own wicked way

[Chorus] It's down on the corner two flash girls were talking
One to the other did whisper and say, "There goes that young man who once was so jolly,
But now for his sins his own body must pay"

Oh doctor, dear doctor before your departure
Take all these bottles of mercury away
And send for the minister to say a prayer over me
So they can lay my poor body in the clay

Now get you six fellows to carry my coffin
Six pretty fair maids to bear up my pall
Give each of them there a bunch of red roses
So when they pass by me they'll not know the smell


from Fairly Cookin', released April 12, 2018


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Drop The Floor officially formed in 2012, brought together by a shared love of traditional, particularly Irish traditional music. The roots of the group are the North West’s vibrant traditional session scene. They have gone on to produce music with drive, verve, honesty and integrity. ... more

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