The Bar of the Admiral

from Sweet Apples from a Lemon Tree by Andy McLaughlin

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Some time ago a certain Yorkshire brewery took the incomprehensible decision that in future no live music at all was to be allowed in any of their pubs ,and what was there already was to be stamped out immediately. I'd love to meet that board of directors. I'll be they're a barrel of laughs.

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There were four men singing in the bar of the Admiral
They all sang as one; they all sang together, oh
One man was a Highland man, far from home and family
One man was an Irishman who'd drunk the Liffey dry
One man was a travelling man who'd spent his life in a caravan
One man was an African with no home at all
There were four men singing in the bar of the Admiral
They all sang as one, they all sang together, oh

The second bell rang in the bar of the Admiral
They all stood as one; they all left together, oh
Did one go to a rented room above the shops on the Broadway?
Did one go to a late night bar to keep the beast at bay?
Did one hide in the shadows until the morning came around?
Did one ring the hostel bell, despite the midnight hour?
The second bell rang in the bar of the Admiral
They all stood as one; they all left together, oh

Seven nights later in the bar of the Admiral
There were no songs at all; there were no voices singing, oh

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from Sweet Apples from a Lemon Tree, released January 29, 2021
Dan Hands, fiddle

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Andy McLaughlin Durham, UK

Celtic accompanist and singer/songwriter

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