Gary Miller Songs

"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
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Here's to You, John Duck!

 

Lyrics

The butchers cast him out

But John Duck showed them all

He turned his luck around

With his back against the wall


Here’s to you, John Duck!

And to you me jolly soul!

And to you with all me heart!

And to you we’ll take a quart!

With you I’ll drink a drop or two

Before that we do part!

Here’s to you, John Duck!

Here’s to you, John Duck!


John Duck bought a calf

For a price that was absurd

But the calf became a cow 

And the cow became a herd


Here’s to you, John Duck!

And to you me jolly soul!

And to you with all me heart!

And to you we’ll take a quart!

With you I’ll drink a drop or two

Before that we do part!

Here’s to you, John Duck!

Here’s to you, John Duck!


There are some who do not take

The chances good luck brings

But money talks and John Duck walked

In confidence with kings


Here’s to you, John Duck!

And to you me jolly soul!

And to you with all me heart!

And to you we’ll take a quart!

With you I’ll drink a drop or two

Before that we do part!

Here’s to you, John Duck!

Here’s to you, John Duck!


From apprentice-boy to businessman

with property to let

From philanthropist to mayor

Then to butcher baronet


Here’s to you, John Duck!

And to you me jolly soul!

And to you with all me heart!

And to you we’ll take a quart!

With you I’ll drink a drop or two

Before that we do part!

Here’s to you, John Duck!

Here’s to you, John Duck!



(Gary Miller: adapted from 'The Card Song' [Traditional])


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Helen Temperley's first illustration from the project 'The Butcher Baronet'.

 

Notes

 

Currently unreleased