More music from 40 years ago – a setting of Tony Lumpkin’s Drinking Song from Act One, Scene Two of She Stoops to Conquer.
Old Hardcastle disapproves of the high-spirited raillery of his step-son Tony Lumpkin, who leads the singing at The Three Jolly Pigeons, his favorite ale-house, in the second scene of She Stoops to Conquer. Scholars with the time to consult the original text will note that our production only used four of the eight lines in each of the song’s three stanzas, and that a couple of the more antique bits of phraseology were modified. These are the advantages of working with a lyricist who’s long since deceased.
Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain
With grammar, and nonsense, and learning,
Good liquor, I stoutly maintain,
Gives genus a better discerning.
When Methodist preachers come down
A-preaching that drinking is sinful,
I’ll wager the rascals a crown,
They always preach best with a skinful.
So come, put your spirits about
And let us be merry and clever,
Our hearts and our liquors are stout,
Here’s the Three Jolly Pigeons for ever.
Also in today’s post, a piece I composed to open the third act of She Stoops, one that quotes some of the themes heard in the Overture (see my previous post) along with a ragtime-flavored version of the drinking song. Hearing it, I’m moved to exclaim (along with Tony’s fellow revelers), “The Squire’s got spunk in him!”