Fathom the Bowl
DESCRIPTION: In praise of drink, perhaps linked with a complaint about one's wife or a reminiscence of one's dead father. Each verse ends with the cry, "Bring (me/in) the punch ladle, (and) (I'll/we'll) fathom the bowl."
EARLIEST DATE: 1889 (Baring Gould)
KEYWORDS: drink nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South,Lond))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Williams-Thames, p. 88, "Fathom the Bowl" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 335)
Kennedy 268, "Bring in the Punch Ladle" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-ECS, #119, "The Punch Ladle" (1 text, 1 tune)
RoudBishop #95, "Fathom the Bold" (1 text, 1 tune)
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