Best English Drinking Songs

The English are known for their lively and sometimes rowdy pub songs. It isn’t uncommon to find songs about farming, sailing, women and liquor in an English Drinking Song. Older songs can carry a historic tone, most notably against France and French lifestyle, for obvious reasons.

He that will an alehouse keep

A 17th century English Drinking Song written by Thomas Ravencroft in 1611. An “alehouse” or “public house,” now referred to as a “pub” for short was the source of drink prior to

He that Drinks is Immortal

This old English Drinking Song written by Henry Purcell in the late 17th century speaks to the invigorating qualities of drink. How can one shrivel and die when he is always wet

Fathom the Bowl

This English Drinking Song talks about England’s dominant production of stout beer, ale and cider. Much of this is due to their production of barley, that wasn’t widely available in many other

Here’s a Health

Henry Purcell wrote this English Drinking Song in the late 17th century. At the end of the song Purcell mentions Roger Hewett, an unknown historical figure. Perhaps he wrote this song for

Five Reasons

Looking for a reason to drink? Henry Purcell composed this 17th century English Drinking Song for just that purpose. You don’t have just one reason, but Five Reasons! Lyrics If all be

Whiskey on a Sunday, or Come Day, Go Day

“Whiskey on a Sunday,” sometimes referred to as “The Ballad of Seth Davy” is an English Drinking Song dedicated to Seth Davy who died in 1904, who sang and performed with a