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It's Not Day

Get the bare tune from the Session. Clannad version:


Is this a drinking song or an anti-drinking song? The answer is yes. The message is anti-drinking ("I drink too much; I stay in the pub all night; my drinking habit has shattered my family-life, I have impoverished myself and made the publican rich"), but you are most likely to hear it sung by a boozy crowd in a pub. It used to be sung very slowly, in one key, until Clannad jazzed it up (around 1970) and introduced a key change between the verse and the chorus (both of which are to the same air). A boozy crowd is unlikely to make the key change successfully, so it is better to stick to the old, slow way of singing it in one key only. In the second verse, I mention fifty as the amount tendered. In the Irish version, the subject asks for change of a crown.

It's not day;
Drink and stay.
It's not day,
So, what's the hurry?
It's not day;
Don't go away;
Stay with us
Until the morning.

Went into a pub last night,
Asking for a pint of porter.
The barmaid said, "The answer's no,
Until you pay for what you owe,sir."

It's not day;
Drink and stay.
It's not day,
So, what's the hurry?
It's not day;
Don't go away;
Stay with us
Until the morning.

I drew my hand from my breast,
And flashed at her a fine, fat fifty.
She said to me, "Sit at your ease,
For you, sir, we have pints aplenty.

It's not day;
Drink and stay.
It's not day,
So, what's the hurry?
It's not day;
Don't go away;
Stay with us
Until the morning.

The sun went down; the night grew dark.
The sun came up; the day was dawning.
I have been drinking mindlessly
Through the night until the morning.

It's not day;
Drink and stay.
It's not day,
So, what's the hurry?
It's not day;
Don't go away;
Stay with us
Until the morning.

Sorry's the day you went away.
Sorry's the day my heart was broken.
Sorry's the day I could not pay
For but one more pint of porter.

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