Thursday, March 08, 2007

College Drinking Song- Let Nellie Sleep Under the Bar

We were driving home on a very cold night and this old ditty from college days popped into my head. Where are all these old words stored? Do they fill up one's brain?

Twas a cold winter evening
The guests were all leaving
O’Leary was closing the bar
When he turned and he said
To the Lady in Red
Get out you can’t stay here no more.

She wept a sad tear
In her bottle of beer
As she thought of the cold night ahead,
When a gentleman dapper
Stepped out of the crapper,
And these are the words that he said.

Her mother never told her
The things a young girl should know
About the ways of college men
And how they come and go (mostly go).

Now age has taken her beauty
And sin has left its sad scar.
So remember your mothers and sisters, boys,
Let Nellie sleep under the bar.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

My Great Grandmother, who played piano in an Irish Pub I am told, taught it to me this way:

Twas a cold winter's evening
The guests were all leaving
O’Leary was closing the bar
When he turned and he said
To the Lady in Red
Get out you can’t stay where you are. (notice how this rhymes)

OOOOooooh, She wept a big tear
In her bucket of beer
As she thought of the cold night ahead,
When a gentleman dapper
Stepped out of the... (pause for dramatic effect) phoneboth, (no rhyme. kinda a gotcha line)
And these are the words that he said.

Her mother never told her
The things a young girl should know
About the ways of college lads
And how they come and go (mostly go).

Age has faded her beauty
Pain has left its scar.
So have a heart dear brother, And
Let her sleep under the bar.
(Under the baaaaar)

Bob said...

Anybody have the chords?

neillecho said...

Bob: this is posted over three years past your inquiry of the chords to "Let Nellie sleep..."


C 'Twas a cold
C The guests
C O'Leary F closing C bar
G7 When he C turned
C To the lady
Get G7 out F are C
C+7 Oooh she C wept
C In her bucket
C As she thought F cold night C a- head
G7 When a C gentleman
C Stepped
and G7 these are the words

C Her mother F never C7 her
The F things C know C7
C About the ways F lads
and D7(E) how C7 go
C Now age G7 faded C beauty C7
And F sin has left C sad scar
C7 So F Remember your F6 mother
and C sisters Faug boys
And D7(E) let her sleep B7 un - G7 der the C bar

Jeff Gilpin said...

this was a song that my dad sang when ever we were on a family trip. If I remember correctly, he first heard it at Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans way back in the day. Here is how I remember him singing it (added chords as well for those who like to play as well as sing like me): O’Leary’s Bar – Misc – Tavern Song

Intro
Slowly strum G7

'Twas a [C]cold winters evening
The [F]guests were all leaving
O'[C]Leary was [F]closing [G]bar
When he [C]turned and he said
To the [F]lady in red
Get [C]out you can’t [F]stay where you [C]are [G7]
Sheeee [C]shed a sad tear
In her [F]bucket of beer
As she [C]thought of the [F]cold night a[C]head [G7]
When a [C]gentleman handsome
Stepped [F]over the transom
and [C]these are the [F]words that he [C]said [G7]

Her [C]mother [F]never told [C]her
The [F]things a young girl should [C]know
A[C]bout the [F]ways bar[C]men
and [D7]how they come and [G]go mostly [G7]go
Now [C]age has [F]faded her [C]beauty
And [F]sin has left it’s sweet [E7]scar
Sooooo Re[F]member your mother
and [C]daughters [F]boys
And [D7]let ‘em sleep [G]under the [C]bar

Grapeshot/Odette said...

Thanks for the chords. The words seem to vary a bit, but not substantially. It's a fun song, and can be sung in mixed company.