"The New Bibo" (1789)—Parody 'Drinking Song' on "To Anacreon in Heaven"




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Published on Jan 27, 2014

This world premiere recording is from Poets & Patriots: A Tuneful History of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and showcases one of the hundreds of parody lyrics written for the tune. "The New Bibo" is a humorous song about a sailor who drinks himself to death and may more accurately be referred to as a "drinking song" sung to the tune later used by Francis Scott Key for "The Star-Spangled Banner" #Anthem200 See http://starspangledmusic.org/poets-pa... for complete information on the recording.

The New Bibo (1789)

1. WHEN Bibo went down to the regions below,
Where Lethe and Styx 'round eternity flow,
He awoke, and he bellow'd and would be row'd back,
For his foul it was thirsty and wanted some sack.
You are drunk, Charon cried, you was drunk when you died,
So you felt not the pain that to death is allied.
Take me back, roar'd out Bibo, I mind not the pain,
For if I was drunk let me die once again.

2. Forget, replied Charon, those regions of strife,
Drink of Lethe divine! 'tis the fountain of life,
Where the soul is new born, and all past is a dream,
And the gods themselves sip of the care-drowning stream.
Let the gods, he cried, still drink water, that will
The maxim of mortals I'll always fulfill;
Prate, prate not to me of your Lethe divine,
Our Lethe on earth was a bumper of wine.

3. At length grim old Cerb'rus began a loud roar,
And the crazy old bark struck the stygian shore;
When Bibo arose and he stagger'd to land,
But he jostl'd the ghosts as they stood on the strand,
Cried Charon, I tell 'tis in vain to rebel,
For you're banish'd from earth, and you are now in hell.
'Tis a truth, replied Bibo, I know by this sign,
'Twas a hell upon earth to be wanting of wine.


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