Who Sang The Old Black Rum? Great Big Sea

Great Big Sea Up cover art
writers: Bob Hallett
release date: 1995-10-11
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Celtic
length: 2:29
writer: [traditional], Bob Hallett
I drank sixteen doubles for the price of one
Trying to find the courage to talk to one
I asked her for a dance
Not a second glance
My night had just begun

Well I drink to the father and the holy ghost
I'm kneeling at the alter of my nightly post
So I'll raise a glass, not the first nor last
Come join me in this toast

Because the old black rum's got a hold on me
Like a dog wrapped round my leg
And the old black rum's got a hold on me
Will I live for another day?
Hey, Will I live for another day?

Well the queen of George street just went walking on by
Walking on by with some guy who don't care
That she stood in line
Since half past nine
And spent three hours on her hair (On her hair!)

Well her friend is looking at me with an evil grin
I think the bloody racket might soon begin
I must have said some thing
To the George street queen
The boys are joining in!


So I drank all of my money
And I slept out in the rain
Everyday is different but the nights they're all the same
You never see the sun on the old black rum
But I know I'm gonna do it again!

[Chorus:] 2x

CD 1
  • 1 Run Runaway
  • 2 Goin Up
  • 3 Fast as I Can
  • 4 Mari-Mac
  • 5 Dancing With Mrs. White
  • 6 Something to It
  • 7 Buying Time
  • 8 Lukey
  • 9 The Old Black Rum
  • 10 The Chemical Worker's Song (Process Man)
  • 11 Wave Over Wave
  • 12 Billy Peddle
  • 13 Nothing Out of Nothing
  • 14 The Jolly Butcher
  • 15 Rant & Roar