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A drinking song is a song sung while drinking, that is, consuming alcohol. Some drinking songs are about drink, but some are not. Groups which currently still have a drinking song tradition include rugby players, hash house harriers, air force fighter pilots and fraternities. Many of the drinking songs are undocumented because of the bawdy nature of the material. Most of the songs are folksongs and show variation from person to person and region to region in both the lyrics and in the tune used for the lyrics.


Some Drinking Songs

Common drinking songs include The Lady in Red, The Goddamned Dutch, I Used to Work in Chicago, In Mobile, The S&M Man, Seven Drunken Nights and My Name is Jack.

The spiritual "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" is used as a drinking song among hash harriers and rugby players with obscene gestures associated with the lyrics. This song is heightened to a drinking game by air force fighter pilots. The first person to fail to correctly make the gestures has to buy the next round of drinks.

External links


  • Cray, Ed. The Erotic Muse: American Bawdy Songs (University of Illinois, 1992).
  • Legman, Gershon. The Horn Book. (New York: University Press, 1964).
  • Reus, Richard A. An Annotated Field Collection of Songs From the American College Student Oral Tradition (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Masters Thesis, 1965).

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