I Sat Upon a Bench

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I Sat Upon a Bench is a song written by J.R.R. Tolkien, to be sung to the tune of The Carrion Crow. It is published as the 19th song in Songs for the Philologists in 1936.

The song[edit | edit source]

I Sat Upon a Bench

I sat upon a bench and I up and I sang:
    "Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!"
I sat upon a bench and I up and I sang:
    "The beer's a-going round, let the world go hang!
        Ha! ho! Flow beer, flow!
Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!"

The bench began to heave, the table did a dance,
    "Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!"
The bench began to heave, the table did a dance,
    The barrels and the bottles all about began to prance.
        "Ha! ho! Woa, lads, woa!
Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!"

The bench went over bang, the table stood on end,
    "Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!"
The bench went over bang, the table stood on end,
    The barrels they were bust, the roof began to bend.
        "Ha! ho! Beer did flow
Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!"

A-lying on the floor I gave a mighty roar:
    "Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!"
A-lying on the floor I gave a mighty roar:
    "The tide's a-coming in, there's beer upon the shore!
        Ha! ho! Swimming I'll go.
Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!

The tide's a-flowing in, there's froth upon the sea
    Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!
The tide's a-flowing in, there's froth upon the sea
    O blow all ye winds, O blow the froth for me!
        Ha! ho! A good strong blow!
Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!

Adown a-derry-down in a sea so very brown
    Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!
Adown a-derry-down in a sea so very brown
    A merry merry death 'twill be for me to drown.
        Ha! ho! to the bottom I'll go.
Fol de rol de rol de rol de rol de-rido!"