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Strictly working class
Copyright George Papavgeris, January 2003

When everything you touch will turn to coaldust
And all of your endeavours seem to fail
Your Roger not so jolly, but at half-mast
The only sure and certain cure, a pint or two of ale.

And when your gout is playing something chronic
And the last one of your boats about to sink
The last thing that you need is gin and tonic
That fancy stuff is not enough, you need a proper drink.

A wine bar is no good when I am lonely
No wine bars in the street from where I hail
Your Burgundy and Chardonnay are only
For washing down some garlic-drowned frog's leg or a snail.

And when a double malt I want to savour
Your mixers keep away from my glass
That fizzy muck does nothing for the flavour
It's only good for polishing your silver and your brass.

The dimples on the barrel I love feeling
So my hand I'll wrap around a proper mug
For crystal is best hanging from the ceiling
And has no place in any lounge, a tap room or a snug.

Some friendly pub is where I do my drinking
Where everyone I know and knows my name
Where talk does not require joined-up thinking
And if I end up on the floor, I will not feel ashamed.

(Chorus)
So take away your crystal and your mixers
My beer and chaser serve me in an ordinary glass
Your fancy drinks are fit for kings and princes
But when I'm drinking seriously, I'm strictly working class.

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