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The Jolly Toper
Last updated: 17.09.18
The Jolly Toper is a very merry, funny 10-verse song on the advantages of being married to the glass or bottle rather than to a wife. It can be found as song IV in Joseph Ritson's A Select Collection of English Songs Vol. 2: Drinking Songs (1783). Obviously popular, it is also in Chappell's Popular Music of the Olden Time (1859) and the monumental Madden Collection of Ballads, Cambridge. A crisp, easy to read and perform version is given in Andrew Gant's Folk Songs of the British Isles.