Song Lyric Sunday: Drink.

Today Helen Vahdati has given us the Song Lyric Sunday prompt of Drink.

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Well I didn’t have to think hard about that one I adore Sia and Chandelier is such a great social comment on the drink culture of the young today that I instantly had my first choice.

My second choice is not going to be a popular one, as it is by The Bloody Irish Boys… Oh! I love their music it is loud, brash, unintelligible but so full of life!

Lyrics from Musicmatch

Streams of Whiskey.
Last night as I slept
I dreamt I met with behan
I shook him by the hand and we passed the time of day
When questioned on his views
On the crux of lifes philosophies
He had but these few clear and simple words to say
I am going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing

I am going, I am going

Where streams of whiskey are flowing
I have cursed, bled and sworn
Jumped bail and landed up in jail
Life has often tried to stretch me
But the rope always was slack
And now that Ive a pile
Ill go down to the chelsea
Ill walk in on my feet
But Ill leave there on my back
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I am going, I am going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing
Oh the words that he spoke
Seemed the wisest of philosophies
Theres nothing ever gained
By a wet thing called a tear
When the world is too dark
And I need the light inside of me
Ill walk into a bar
And drink fifteen pints of beer
Iam going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I am going, I am going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing
I am going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I am going, I am going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing
Where streams of whiskey are flowing
Where streams of whiskey are flowing

Finally another Irish song, Whiskey in the jar by Thin Lizzie. I could not do a song lyric Sunday without it.

There you go three songsūüíú Happy Sunday everyone.

Homeless at Christmas

I  originally wrote  this in  December  2013  but it is  still relevant  so. Have revamped it a little.

I hope it won’t snow this Christmas

It’s one of my biggest fears.

It was so bitter last year even

Thinking of it makes me shed tear.

The homless won’t be eating Turkey with all the trim

Unless they find a charity shelter which they can get in.

The people at the shelters are angels from up above

They give their time and plenty love.

They really are saviours they really do so much good.

They give warmth and comfort, dinner and even  Christmas pud.

OH! why are they out here I hear you say.

There are lots of reasons, have you got all day?

Dave got made redundant the bills he couldn’t pay

So the bank stepped in and took his home away.

His wife could not stand the B&B that the social offered them

So she took the children off to live with her mum so Dave won’t see them again.

Jen, she was cheeky girl always having fun

Staying out late and playing up in the end it got too much for her mum!

After a big row one night  in the summer she asked Jen to go,

So she is struggling alone out there, when your homeless it is amazing how fast your friends all go.

Rob well his story is very sad,

It all started with his drinking then he discovered drugs. He became violent and everything turned bad.

He fell out with his mother’s boyfriend who told him he had to go

And then threw him out into the December  snow.

The reasons are legion you can take your pick,

People  who  loose  their jobs  because  they became  sick

From parents who can’t cope

To addictions that make you loose all hope,

Parents or family who beat you, family who will not stop at a touch

They want you to give them way too much.

This may all seem morbid this may all seem too sad

I hate to tell you all, things can be so very, very bad.

People young and old see their hopes and dreams unfold and vanish in clouds of smoke

As they end up on the streets lost and without any hope.

So enjoy your Christmas parties, your families and your Yule tide fare

But as you raise a toast remember the homeless ones out there .



And also here for Crisis at Christmas

Stream of Consciousness Saturday : Drink

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS June 25/16

The ¬†lovely ¬†and talented ¬†¬† said :Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: ‚Äúdrink.‚ÄĚ Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!

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Drink ¬†to me only ¬†with thine eyes.” Is ¬†an old ¬†English ¬†song ¬†that ¬†has ¬†always intrigued ¬† me. The ¬†lyrics ¬†are ¬†beautiful ¬† and ¬†have always ¬†touched ¬†my ¬†heart.

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
         And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
         And I’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
         Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
         I would not change for thine.
I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
         Not so much honouring thee
As giving it a hope, that there
         It could not withered be.
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
         And sent’st it back to me;
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
         Not of itself, but thee.
The  beauty  of  the  words  are  very  touching. Words  of  love.
Coming  back to  the  prompt, drink , and I  do like a drink  occasionally.
To  tell  the  truth  I  have  a  glass  of  wine, preferably  a  full bodied  red.
During ¬†the ¬†day ¬†I ¬†like ¬†coffee black ¬†coffee….. not ¬† too keen on a drink ¬†of tea.
That’s ¬†not ¬†very English ¬†of ¬†me is it!

If We Were Having Coffee ‚Äď June 28/2015 Guest Post: Rights and Freedoms

Rights and Freedoms


Paul Your Barista

Welcome to Willow‚Äôs weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul; I‚Äôll be your barista¬†today. I‚Äôm happy to see you have come for a cuppa and a chat. Please come into the¬†garden and make yourself comfortable. Willow has put out the cushions on the chairs and¬†set the table under the canopy so we can have a cuppa and chat. As usual, I‚Äôd be pleased¬†to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer ‚Äď we have a wide range of teas and coffees¬†to satisfy our world-wide readership. Also available is a large selection of spirits for¬†addition to your cuppa or in its place. We can relax amongst the flowers while we discuss¬†the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?


Well now folks, over here in North America this week, the Supreme Court of the United¬†States (SCOTUS) made two earth shaking rulings this week ‚Äď literally changing the face¬†of American law and culture in a way celebrated by many. Early in the week they ruled¬†that Obamacare (the American government‚Äôs organizing and making mandatory health¬†insurance) was to stay, and so were any funds used to support that program. Then later in¬†the week that same high court ruled that same sex marriages were to be legalized across¬†the country. Both of these rulings were unexpected and neither was one that I thought I¬†would see in my lifetime.

The US is slowly but surely separating into two diametrically opposing groups, roughly¬†organized around degree of wealth. The wealthy, under the Republican Party, oppos¬†Obamacare and any other policies that have the government securing the well being of¬†the population. They are adamant that individual responsibility for personal well being is¬†sacrosanct, even if this means the bankruptcy or even death of the individual. This is very¬†easy for them to believe as they have the funds to support their own health care and all¬†else. On the flip side of the coin, many average Americans had no health care coverage¬†and could not buy any. Now they can and without any prior conditions limitations. Mind¬†you it is expensive, but health care in general is expensive. The Supreme Court has made¬†Obamacare official ‚Äď it is here to stay. This is a huge step for America towards providing¬†basic needs for their population. A very new and important step.


Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a sweet? Corporate America has a mantra that¬†they take care of their employees. The truth is that one of the central outcomes of¬†capitalism is to transfer wealth to those who are already wealthy ‚Äď and we can see the¬†effects of this as fewer and fewer hold more and more of the wealth on a yearly basis.

One of the results of this gradual devaluation of the population is the reduction of their¬†ability to pay for healthcare. To keep a healthy populace it is important to offer¬†financially affordable healthcare ‚Äď and that means affordable insurance. (Or socialized¬†healthcare like Canada ‚Äď which is a sort of insurance supported by taxation.) So, the¬†implementation of Obamacare and its confirmation by SCOTUS , is a critical step in¬†recognizing the responsibility of government to care for its citizens. I say: Well Done.



Then towards end of the week, SCOTUS ruled again. This time they legalized same sex¬†marriages. This was a surprise even to those who were supporting the effort. It was¬†possible for the court to come to a decision that was half way between legalizing and¬†disallowing. They did not ‚Äď they went all the way. Now, in the United States, the¬†individual states have a lot of authority and may not follow the federal law. However that¬†is an easily solved issue by simply relocating. Also, the ruling gives all the rights of¬†federal marital benefits to same sex couples, benefits like pensions and survivor rights¬†and medical and financial power of attorney, regardless of the position of the individual


One would think that this ruling would not raise any ire, after all it is simply the¬†extension of rights to those who have been denied. It harms no one, and changes nothing¬†for the general population. And yet here is a quote from a blogger on a recent post about¬†the upcoming US Presidential election:¬†‚ÄúPerry for President: anti-immigration and anti-gay. There‚Äôs no other candidate in my¬†opinion. My husband says his policies have brought prosperity to Texas and it‚Äôs the kind¬†of thing I‚Äôd like to see happen for our whole country.‚ÄĚ – Kate Minter¬† commenting on¬†Insanitybytes2.¬†And that is pretty tame ‚Äď many comments have been filled with vitriol. Even one of the¬†dissenting Supreme Court Justices ‚Äď Scalia, of course (he votes against any public benefit¬†cases) ‚Äď said the ruling was ‚Äúhiggledy-piggledy‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúpure applesauce‚ÄĚ , whatever that means.

On that note, that’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and enjoy the garden. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for sweets and beverages of your choice again next week.

Gay Pride Afternoon Tea

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over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s



Goodbye Sunshine 2

I don’t know what happened to my post Goodbye Sunshine all that got published was the title?
So here goes again.


We took one last walk in the evening sun.
Roaming slowly through golden fields nearly over, our holiday fun.
The sun relaxed though strong in the Tuscan sky
Smiled on us as we said goodbye.


The table’s laid for our last meal this year.
Tomorrow evening someone else will be sitting here.
Happy laughter from the kitchen and aromas waft our way.
Sadly we must pack we have just one more day.


The sun now setting in the Tuscan sky.
This time tomorrow, up there we will fly.
Oh! I don’t want to leave this lovely darling place.
Where else in the world does a wall wear a smiley face.


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