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Guinness/The Parting Glass

Guinness   by john hostetter 1980

Guinness is the dark lake at the end of the long road of day,
gentle under a foamy moon-kissed cloud.
In her depths the spirits' voices whisper tales
of ancient days and nights.
The tilting pint rivers its way through
the land of the carefree soul,
blessing the banks of the heart and mind
with calm songs, long loved and holy.
Guinness is the dew spritely dancing 'cross the hillside,
serving up its nectar to the weary ones
that rest under heaven.
Guinness is the dream of life beyond the toil of time.
It smooths the rough-hewn hide and seeks
the soft return of joy
in the soothing prayer of laughter
and the purity of fellowship.

The Parting Glass     Irish/Scottish traditional

Em         C          G      D
Of all the money that e'er I had,
Em        C        Em    Bm
I spent it in good company.
Em          C         G    D
And all the harm I've ever done,
Em      C       Em
alas it was to none but me.
And all I've done for want of wit
C         Am    G       D
to mem'ry now I can't recall;
Em         C       G      D
So fill to me the parting glass,
  Em           C        Em
Good night and joy be to you all.

Of all the comrades that e'er I had,
They're sorry for my going away.
And all my sweethearts that e'er I had,
They'd wish me one more day to stay.
But since it fell unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be to you all.