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"Take me to the brewery and lie me there to die..." | 21-Dec-05

"Take me to the brewery and lie me there to die..."

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I know this from oral tradition (London, mid-nineteen fifties school playground) as:
'I have no pain, dear Mother now,
But O, I am so dry.
Connect me to the brewery
And leave me there to die'
veronica bradney

This is to be found in a Album of of Songs of the Great War published by one of National Newpapers in the 1930s [ My Father owned a Copy]
The Words as I recall were

I Feel no Pain, dear Mother Now
But Oh I am so Dry
Connect be to a Brewery
And Leave me there to Die
Sheila Scott

An old lady told me this poem, her version was
I have no pain dear mother now
But oh I am so dry
So lead me to a brewery
And leave me there to die
I discovered it was from the colliers child

I have no pain, dear mother, now;
But oh! I am so dry:
Just moisten poor Jim's lips once more;
And, mother, do not cry!

Farmer, Edward (1809 - 1876)
British writer. A typical sentimental verse of the time. The Collier's Dying Child

Ian Turner

I am sure that this is a corruption of the line from a Victrian poem concerning the death of a child suffering from TB. It reads "I feel no pain now Mother dear, forI'm to be Queen of the May"
I can quite understand that "Tommy Atkins" might choose to "adapt" it in the trenches
Geoff Hollman

My late mother in law (born 1903, South Wales) used to recite
"Connect me to the lavatory
And leave me there to die"
whenever anyone had either a gastric bug or cystisis.

I feel no pain,dear mother now,
But oh, I am so dry.
O take me to a brewery,
And leave me there to die.

From C. Scott-Smith's 'Book of Shanties' 1927
I have not been able to find this book so would be grateful for more info.
Wendy Skinner

I first came across this in Army barrack rooms in the 1950s. At the time few were interested in its origins, but those that were put it down to a corruption of "some awful Victorian poem", perhaps relating to the dying words of a soldier on a battlefield.
However, "The Collier's dying child" , quoted by Ian Turner, .seems much more likely.
Richard Godden

Sang to me by my parents (early 50's) when we lived in in a village near Standish, Wigan when my father was a Miner.
" I have no pain dear mother
but oh I am so dry
so take me to a brewery
and leave me there to die"
Alan Trafford

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