Wine and music: “Red Wine and Promises” by Norma Waterson

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Here’s another folk gem courtesy of Mike Harding’s folk show podcast that was broadcast on 15th October 2017.

Sung by Norma Waterson, “Red Wine and Promises” is from Lal & Mike Waterson’s 1972 album Bright Phoebus. It has been covered by Richard Thompson and June Tabor, among others.

“Fell in the street in a drunken heap;
There’s bright water all around me.
And the cheap red wine in me drunken brain
Has left a burning flame in me belly.
I don’t need nobody helping me;
I don’t need nobody’s arm around me.

If I was a black beetle upside down,
I could kick all night long and never turn around.
But I’m flat on my back in the rainbow rain,
Still I know, in the morning I’ll be on me feet again.
Just can’t get a grip on the ground;
I’m upside down the right way round.

I promise thee, my shameless lady,
Who laughs out loud in the sad patient night,
Always to be honestly thee,
In me waking dreams or me drunken nights,
I don’t fear the yawning sunshine morning;
I’m forward running back again.

Fell in the street in a drunken heap;
There’s bright water all around me.
And the cheap red wine in me drunken brain
Has left a burning flame in me belly.
I don’t need nobody helping me;
I don’t need no bugger’s arm around me.”

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