I Can Drink an' No Be Drunk

DESCRIPTION: "I can drink and no be drunk An I can fight and no be slain I can kiss a bony lass [GreigDuncan8: anither man's wife], And ay be welcome back again [GreigDuncan8: to my ain]"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1759 (_Bremner's Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dancess_, according to Hecht-Herd)
KEYWORDS: courting fight drink nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig "Folk-Song in Buchan," p. 17, ("I can drink and no be drunk") (1 fragment)
GreigDuncan8 1719, "I Can Drink an' No Be Drunk" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Hans Hecht, editor, Songs From David Herd's Manuscripts (Edinburgh, 1904), #69 pp. 183,308, ("I can drink and no be drunke") [Not yet indexed as Hecht-Herd 69]

Roud #13197
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Rantin' Laddie
NOTES: GreigDuncan8: "This is a floating verse that appears in [GreigDuncan3] 347 'The Barnyards o' Delgaty' and also in Burns's 'Duncan Davison', Kinsley No. 202 [See James Kinsley, editor, Burns: Complete Poems and Songs (shorter edition, Oxford, 1969) #202, pp. 311-312, "Duncan Davison," specifically the last four lines]." I would have lumped it with "Barnyards" if I hadn't seen Hecht-Herd's standalone verse [quoted in the description]. - BS
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