The Workman’s Friend (A Pint of Plain is Your Only Man)


An Irish drinking song, rescued recently from cassette tape. Written and recorded as a lark to 4-track cassette in winter of 92-93 (20 years ago!) by my then-girlfriend (may she rest in peace) and I during my college years in Dublin.

Lyrics taken from Flann O’Brien’s poem “The Workman’s Friend” in his marvellous book At Swim-Two-Birds. If the head on the pint of plain looks frothy, that’s because it’s a home-brew Irish stout I made with a friend and not a Guinness properly poured by a Dublin barkeep. Uploaded for St Patrick’s Day 2013.

And, here’s a spoken version of the same poem that I just found today, by the Dubliners.

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2 Responses to “The Workman’s Friend (A Pint of Plain is Your Only Man)”

  1. davidrhoden Says:


  2. alec Says:

    Well, it is an Irish drinking song, David…. The cheer is in the words (and the drink), not so much the tune.

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