Ten Favorite Drunk/Hangover Songs: Delirium Tremens (#3)
By Four Walls
March 29, 2017 8:00pm CST
Here's another one of those songs that deal with the trials and tribulations of having a wee too much to drink. And let me give you a fair warning: don't drink (non-alcoholic or alcoholic) if you listen to this, because you may have to clean your monitor and keyboard off. Here's the next drunk/hangover song on my countdown. #3: Delirium Tremens - Christy Moore This is the song that introduced me to Irish folk singer Christy Moore. Once I stopped laughing and recovered from the sore sides, I said, "Man, I gotta hear that again!" (I came across it on a Sirius/XM channel.) And, honestly, I don't know if I'd find it so funny if an American had sung it. This is so stereotypically "Irish pub," which is part of the hilarity. Loaded with Irish references (that, if you look up, make the song even funnier), Moore sings about way, way, way too much to drink and the horrible nightmares it brought on. From the "visions" ("the child of Prague began to dance around the mantlepiece") to the absurdities ("I dreamt [late anti-Catholic theologian/politician] Ian Paisley was saying the rosary and Mother Teresa was on the pill") to his worst political nightmare ("in the jacuzzi with that old wh*re in Number Ten" [Margaret Thatcher]) he realizes that it's time to say "goodbye to the port and brandy, to the vodka and the Stag, to the Schmiddick and the Harpic, and the bottled, draft, and keg." This song made me a Christy Moore fan. His other great songs have kept me one. Delirium Tremens Written by Christy Moore Recorded by Christy Moore From Ordinary Man, 1986 Also from Live At the Point, 1994 (the live version being the one I heard) Looking up at the Guinness ad:
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Most Americans don't know about Christy Moore. His brother, Luka Bloom, made a minor dent over here. He's a certified legend in Ireland, though (which is why his brother changed his stage name: so he wouldn't have to be compared to his big brother). I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a friend of mine in Chicago (we go to a lot of concerts together in Chicago) is also a big Christy Moore fan.