As soon as I read the title “Gae Bring to me a pint o’ wine” I knew I had to reproduce the score for it!
The song though is not, as it’s name would otherwise suggest, a drinking song. Rather the song is a parting song, namely parting from a loved one, in this case ‘Mary’. So although we may all wish gae bring to me a pint o’ wine, it seems that we’re going to have to share it … then leave. More’s the pity, on both counts!
I have included the score – .pdf file – here for your convenience. Also below you’ll find a nice wee video of it being performed vocally and below that the lyrics for it.
Gae bring tae Me a Pint o’ Wine.
Gae bring tae me a pint o’ wine,
And fill it in a silver tassie,
That I may drink, before I go,
A service to my bonnie lassie.
The boat rocks at the pier o’ Leith,
Fu’ loud the winds blaws frae the ferry,
The ship rides by the Berwick Law,
And I maun leave my bonnie Mary.
The trumpets sound, the banner fly,
The glittering spears are ranked ready;
The shouts o’ war are heard afar,
The battle closes deep and bloody !
It’s no’ the roar o’ sea or shore
Wad mak’ me langer wish to tarry,
Nor shouts o’ war that’s heard afar,
It’s leaving thee, my bonnie Mary.