We're Only Here For The Beer! - Light
Last updated: 25.08.18
Printed: June 2007 Author: Dr. Oliver Rosteck, Mr Grainger
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises ISBN: 978-3-00-021712-8
Copyright: 2007    

Paperback, 52 pages, June 2007.
47 drinking songs from America, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Scotland arranged for voice, with concertina, guitar and ukulele chord. The songs range from the 15th to the 20th centuries - really refreshing! Companion to the same named CD

Say, for what were hop-yards meant, Or why was Burton built on Trent?
Oh many a peer of England's brews Livelier liquor than the Muse,
And malt does more than Milton can To justify God's ways to man.
Ale, man, Ale's the stuff to drink For fellows whom it hurts to think.
A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

The discerning will note that We're only here for the beer! is a phrase that can be understood in different ways depending on where the stress lies. We're only here for the beer! means that we, Dr. Rosteck & Mr. Grainger, will perform almost under any conditions so long as we are rewarded with our favourite tipple. On the other hand We're only here for the beer! expresses the philosophical point that without beer, meaning alcohol and the humble weed from which it is derived, we would not be here at all! It is a chicken and egg conundrum. Anthropologist Alan Eames believes that "beer was the the driving force that led nomadic mankind into village life... It was this appetite for beer-making material that led to crop cultivation, permanent settlement and agriculture."
Whatever , as a title for our collection of drinking songs, we believe that "We're only here for the beer!" - Light is just perfect. The songs themselves range from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the incredibly beautiful to the utterly inane. Our title was a popular catch-phrase on tens of millions of British lips in the late 1960's. It was taken up by Inde Coope, the famous Burton-On-Trent brewers as an advertising slogan for their even more famous Double Diamond, the Original Burton Ale. They commissioned David Langdon, a cartoonist of renown, to dream up immense hoardings of highly improbable situations whereby somebody or other would say, "We're only here for the beer!" All these songs were considered for our same-named CD (details page 51) and nearly all are in our active repertoire. So dear friends, let us raise our glasses! Cheers! Prost! Nostrovia!

Dr. Rosteck & Mr. Grainger, May, 2007, Bremen.

The songs include: The Anacreontic Song, Come me Lads (Let union be), Drinking - in Cellar Deep, Gossip Joan, Had Neptune when first he took charge of the sea, I Am the King and Prince of Drinkers, I Cannot Eat But Little Meat, Jack Thou'rt a Toper, The Jolly Toper, The Leather Bottel, Simon the Cellarer, Watkin's Ale, Good Ale, Jillian of Berry, Maltworms, Peter Warlock's Fancy, The Toper's Song, Chevaliers de la table ronde, Freunde lasset uns beim Zechen, Cruiscín Lán, Finnegan's Wake, The Jug of Punch, The Parting Glass, The Rakes of Mallow, Real Old Mountain Dew, Fill the bumper fair, Wreath the Bowl, Cockney medley, The Old Dun Cow, Mama don't allow no beer drinking here, There is a Tavern in the Town, Fill Her Up!, O Willie Brewed a Peck o' Maut, Farewell to Grog, Come Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl, Whiskey Johnny, The Alcoholic Blues, Prohibition Blues and others.

Cheers! Prost! Nostrovia!