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HO HEY: WRITE ME A PUB SONG, WINNERS! - Cyndi MacMillan's Blog

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Cyndi MacMillan's current projects include three children's book series. Her "life as a writer' blogs can be read at  https://cyndimacmillan.wordpress.com/  Three of her poems have been published in Room magazine, issue 49.4, This Body's Maps, https://roommagazine.com/issues/bodys-map  Two poems have been published in the Prairie Journal ( Issue 67)http://www.prairiejournal.org/subscribe.html   Other poems can be found in Fieldstone Review, Issue 2015 http://www.fieldstonereview.usask.ca/article.php?article=167, Grain Magazine, issue 42.4, Summer 2015, Passed Signs/New Fields http://www.grainmagazine.ca/424  , The Steel Chisel, April 2016, http://www.thesteelchisel.ca/april2016_07.html.  The Centrifugal Eye, Spring 2016, the Unformed issue  http://www.centrifugaleye.com/ . She participated in the 20 Poem Challenge at The Ekphrastic Review: Writing and Art on Art and Writing, and twelve of her poems have been published by the journal.http://www.ekphrastic.net/apps/search?q=Cyndi+MacMillan.

Her fiction has appeared in local newspapers and has won contests. Her short story, Missed Steps, is forthcoming in the Windsor Review. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing further publication within their glossy covers while writing chapter books and early middle readers.

Poetry soup is a friendly forum which enables people from around the world to share their writing. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for people to connect.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.



Blog Posted:5/14/2013 9:16:00 PM

I had a blast reading your songs.

I’m-a thinking that we should learn to write music, give up being poets and make some money, cause some of you really could!

Thank you for all your entries!


I believe this is the first contest I have sponsored where I felt that I HAD to award two first places... I couldn't pick!

Congratulations to all the winners! I bet that some of you may never have thought you could write something for this 'genre' and you have and you have done a great job at it, to boot!

1st Place

The Roughneck Song

By Roy Jergen

Oil drilling is a tough man's life, hard labor all the time

Steel-toed shoes and hard hat crews and soaked all day in grime

Morning tour and evening tour, we're working day and night

To drill the earth for all she's worth, and keep it turnin' to the right

And the lingo used around the rig you won't hear much in church

It'll curl your hair and make you stare and leave you in the lurch

So close your eyes and realize us boys are quite profane

Just drink your beers and plug your ears; here comes our song's refrain

We drink longneck Lone Stars; we eat Frito pie

Give us ****, and we will spit some Red Man in your eye

Don't **** with us, or we will cuss and bring you to the fight

We're low class, but we kick *** to keep it turning to the right

We all love West Texas; it's like the Promised Land

Horny toads and rocky roads, and even dunes of sand

Dust storms every morning, northers every night

We get tans and freeze our cans and keep it turnin' to the right

We all eat caliche and drink the devil's brew

Play dominos with Satan and beat him at forty-two

We work all day on Sunday and honky-tonk all night

We're oilfield trash and we take cash to keep it turnin' to the right

We drink longneck Lone Stars; we eat Frito pie

Give us ****, and we will spit some Red Man in your eye

Don't **** with us, or we will cuss and bring you to the fight

We're low class, but we kick *** to keep it turning to the right

We p*ss longneck Lone Stars; we f*art Frito pie

Give us ****, and we will spit some Red Man in your eye

Don't **** with us, or we will cuss and bring you to the fight

We're low class, but we kick *** to keep it turning to the right

This is the first time as a contest sponsor that I almost censored MYSELF. LOL. Okay, here is one great pub song... I could close my eyes and hear it. It has it all, a story to tell, rhythm, humor, grit, metaphor, poetry, rhyme, reason... you name it.

Ahem, but by giving it high honors I’m putting the poem at risk for being deleted. EEK. So, I followed my gut and give it first place. the *** be damned. This is good. Heck, who hasn’t in their youth hollared ALL the lyrics to Mony Mony? Roy, this one had my foot tapping... Now, someone batten down this keeper... hope you all agree, like the song says, plug your ears! LOVED this...

Chug-a-lug Pub Song

by Carrie Richards

When the day dwindles pale...with my tall mug of ale

I'm a weepy ole' fool , it is quite plain to see

I'll  shed many a tear ore'  the wee smallest thing

I am known to spill oceans, with a tall chug-a-lug

There'll be tubs splashing tears, all over your head!

For,.......... I love my old mates and I'm lovin' my brew

I have a dilemma, it's the bluest of blues

but I can't decide which I'm holdin' more dear

a fine league of shipmates or my lagers of beer

I moon over moonlight shining over the sill

While I drink with my matey, who is over the hill

O', ......he'll tell me a story of his granny who's ill

And my eyes will start wellin' and a river will spill!

For,.......... I love my old mates and I'm lovin' my brew

I have a dilemma, it's the bluest of blues

but I can't decide which I'm holdin' more dear

a fine league of shipmates or my lagers of beer

There is lint in my eye over sharing goodbyes

I'll lament just a bit over missing Ma's pies

When a goat has been bitten by a snake that is long

I will leak like a bucket ..for a world that's gone wrong

If I must kick the bucket, so what if I do?

And if there's a heaven and the devil's not due

You'll know for sure I have a smile upon my face

from seeing my shipmates and from drinkin' my brew!

For,.......... I love my old mates and I'm lovin' my brew

I have a dilemma, it's the bluest of blues

but I can't decide which I'm holdin' more dear

a fine league of shipmates or my lagers of beer !!

Oh, yes! There’s a diddy! So enjoyed the humor of this... folksy to the core, strong voice and delivery, and flow, flow, flow!

2nd Place

Belly Up

By Craig Cornish

He was leavin' the bar headed out to the car

When somebody stepped on 'is fingers

So he screamed bloody hell but no one could tell

Cause it mixed right in with the singers

Singin' hey hey another day

Belly up to the bar

And shout it out loud to the fun lovin' crowd

'Tis the lager that's got me this far

Pour me another and one for me brothers

And one for the lad on the floor

Ya can't fall down when yur on the ground

So ya might as well have one more

Singin' hey hey another day

Belly up to the bar

And shout it out loud to the fun lovin' crowd

'Tis the lager that's got me this far

Now let me make clear yur stayin' right here

Till the sun welcomes in the morrow

With a mug o' stout we'll laugh and shout

And forget about all our sorrows

Singin' hey hey another day

Belly up to the bar

And shout it out loud to the fun lovin' crowd

'Tis the lager that got me this far

Oh, man oh man, this contest was hard to judge! Belly up??!!! Seriously, this MUST be put to music. The last line of every verse grabs as it should.

Sweet Little Marigold
by Charles Chive

She was a dairymaid, oh so sweet;

many a year ago.

Her figure was trim, her hair was neat,

with ringlets tied up in a bow.

And many a farmer would leave his plough,

the turkeys and chickens, and even the sow,

to stand and stare, a-mopping his brow,

and watch her a-milking go!

For, they love little Marigold,

sweet little Marigold,

answer to every man’s dream.

They all start a-swooning,

when she gets a-spooning

out dollops of thick clotted cream!


Now Harry had horses, a harrow and cart;

many a year ago.

Yet nobody managed to capture his heart,

but many a girl had a go!

Until the poor fellow, early in May,

when resting, awhile, from stacking the hay;

he saw her pass by, ‘twas late in the day.

She set all his passions aglow!

For, he loved little Marigold,

sweet little Marigold,

answer to every man’s dream.

And Harry got swooning,

when she started spooning

out dollops of thick clotted cream.

Now Danny was dapper, a bit of a lad;

many a year ago.

He’d brag and he’d boast, of ladies he’d had,

in rain and the sun and the snow.

This elegant card, when down in the yard,

was feeding the goats and taken off guard,

he fell for her charms; it hit him quite hard.

She set all his passions aglow!

For, he loved little Marigold,

sweet little Marigold,

answer to every man’s dream.

And Danny got swooning

when she started spooning

out dollops of thick clotted cream.

Poor Percy, the poacher, was lonely and sad;

many a year ago.

The Landlord’s fat pheasants, he frequently had;

but never a lass did he know.

One day he was pulling a hare from the trap,

when smitten quite hard, a right thunderclap,

her dazzling smile befuddled the chap.

She set all his passions aglow!

For, he loved little Marigold

sweet little Marigold,

answer to every man’s dream.

And Percy got swooning

when she started -spooning

out dollops of thick clotted cream.

Sir Walter was wealthy. His furrows were long;

many a year ago.

‘Twas brandy he loved. He drank it quite strong,

in pub after pub he would go.

He wasn’t too happy, he had to admit,

to give it all up and totally quit,

in case his performance should suffer, a bit,

when passion was all set aglow!

For he loved little Marigold,

sweet little Marigold,

Answer to every man’s dream.

Sir Walter got swooning

when she started spooning

out dollops of thick clotted cream.

Young Bertie was batty and thick as a brick;

many a year ago.

He bumbled around, he wasn’t too quick;

of ladies, he just didn’t know.

When Marigold heard a sound that was slurred,

it wasn’t a bird, nor sheep in a herd,

much more like a grunt and less like a word,

it set all her passions aglow!

Now poor little Marigold,

sweet little Marigold,

Is mooching around in a dream.

No longer a-spooning;

at Bertie, she’s swooning.

He doesn’t like thick clotted cream!

This is wonderfully done! A perfect blend of bawdiness, humor and storytelling. Well metered, well written. What a fun romp!

3rd Place

Brains Dark

By Seren Roberts

(sung to Danny Boy)


Oh what a joke

This beer is full of water

Tastes not like beer

But something very strange

So landlord dear do tell us what you diiid

Make sure you never dooooo it again


From pub to pub we taste the watered beer

But no one cares its Friiiday -  lets go

Time to relax with all your friends around you

Oh Braiiiins dark* I dooooo love you so


It’s Friday night and we are feeling hungry

One place to go to ease our appetite

Its Chippy Alley*** in the city centre

Brains dark*, Clarks pies**, will soon put it right


From pub to pub we taste the watered beer

But no one cares Its Friiiday lets go

Time to relax with all your friends around you

Oh Braaains Dark I dooooo love you so

Ha ha! This one put a silly grin on my face. This was the only entry that actually wrote the song with a chosen tune! Way to go, Seren! It has that goofy factor that I remember about being with my buddies, just hanging out and singing familiar lyrics. Thanks for the memory!

The Barmaid and The Peddler

By Red OMara

It was after that big game one long gone September,

the score line was one I’d like not to remember,

in a small Richmond pub not too far from the ground,

we all settled down with our sorrows to drown.

We were well on the way, as were most of the crowd,

when in came a young pedlar a shouting out loud.

“Sausages, sold by the yard or the pound!

Get a fresh sausage, the best to be found!

It’ll make your wife happy of that there’s no doubt,

with her very own snag she won’t need to eat out.”

Cried the barmaid, “How many do I get to a yard?”

“Madam, three if they’re soft or two if they’re hard”

She felt for the soft ones cos she wanted a lot,

but the more that she squeezed em the harder they got.

She found not a sausage was e’en a bit soft

so she told the young pedlar to go get far offed

“Sausages, sold by the yard or the pound!

Get a fresh sausage, the best to be found!

It’ll make your wife happy of that there’s no doubt,

with her very own snag she won’t need to eat out.”

Said the pedlar, “Why madam no need to be rude.

And in fact what you told me was verging on crude

But you don’t look so bad for a foul mouthed old sow

so step on outside, if you like, with me now.

If you play your cards right I might squeeze your left breast.

If I find I like that I might squeeze all the rest.”

“Sausages, sold by the yard or the pound!

Get a fresh sausage, the best to be found!

It’ll make your wife happy of that there’s no doubt,

with her very own snag she won’t need to eat out.”

Said the barmaid to pedlar, “You are a right jerk,

I’m a barmaid and never do mission’ry work.

But if you're near to the shops and you buy me some eggs,

I might squeeze that there pimple you’ve got ‘tween your legs.”

Then she said something that made the whole crowd guffaw,

“And will you stop off at home and please check the back door?”

“Sausages, sold by the yard or the pound!

Get a fresh sausage, the best to be found!

It’ll make your wife happy of that there’s no doubt,

with her very own snag she won’t need to eat out.”

I really DID laugh out loud with this one. The play of words, the innuendo is cleverly over the top! What a song! Wickedly funny! Hope you do set this to music, some day!

4th Place

The Pastor’s Daughter Nelly By the Red Rain – This really had me snorting! What an imagination! And the lines! A properly improper tale.

The Thin Red Line by Rick Zablovki – Oh, such a strong entry and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked this so much that I wanted MORE... Rick, I suggest you add to this.. it has true merit!

5th Place

Watching and Waiting by Joyce Johnson – I liked this different take. It reminded me of the song Brandy... 

I Don’t Have a Drinking Problem by Joe Flach – Joe, team up with someone who writes music. This will make an awesome country song!

Rats Go Round by Blind Pathos – a unique way to approach this contest. I appreciated the originality and the vibe from this gritty poem.

6th Place

Here at the Corner Bar by Robert Heemstra – Such a friendly tune... reminded me of the theme song to Cheers, remember that? A smile maker!

Pub Song by Betty Bateson – I enjoyed the folk-country feel of this one... creative take and who doesn’t like the name Margie? ? 

While We Drink Our Beer by Robert Pettit – Truly captures the working man’s plight and an enjoyable read! Buddies! We all need ‘em!

7th Place

I’ve Been Waiting All Week for Saturday Night by Dennis Davis – Wicked and funny and as crafty as all get out! Look out, gals!

Our Boar Head Maiden by Mark Goodson – Ah, yes, the barmaid and her... ahem... jugs. Had to! Nice pace on this one.

Not Fish and Finger Pie by John Trusty – Ho boy! When I said bawdiness welcome, lol, some did this very very very well, as did John. Clever! Snort through the nose funny!

8th Place

Am Glad You Do by Abdulhafeez Oyewole – a love song that grooves with attitude. Thank you for this entry.

Contest Winner Medal1Chug-A-Lug Pub SongCarrie Richards
Contest Winner Medal1The Roughneck SongRoy Jerden
Contest Winner Medal2Sweet Little MarigoldCharles Clive
Contest Winner Medal2Belly Upcraig cornish
Contest Winner Medal3The Barmaid And The PedlarRed OMara
Contest Winner Medal3Brains Dark - Pub Song Seren Roberts

4The Thin Red LineRick Zablocki

4The Pastor's Daughter NellyThe Red Rain

5Watching and WaitingJoyce Johnson

5I Don't Have A Drinking ProblemJoe Flach

5Rats Go RoundBlind Pathos

6Pub SongBetty Bateson

6Here at the Corner BarRobert Heemstra

6While We Drink Our BeerRobert Pettit

7Our Boar Head Bar MaidenMark Goodson


7I've Been Waiting All Week For Saturday NightDennis Davis

8AM GLAD YOU DOAbdulhafeez Oyewole

Honorable MentionThe ParishBilly Simani

Honorable MentionSuzanneAlfred Vassallo

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Date: 5/15/2013 2:09:00 PM
cyndi. just coming here to congratulate all your winners. I have been too busy to read many winners lists any more and I never did this challenge of yours, but I bet your winners are amazing. Love how you showcase them.Luv, Andrea
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Date: 5/15/2013 8:27:00 AM
This was so much fun, Cyndi!!! Thanks so much for giving us another challenge......and one that could bring some humor to our poetry! But even more, my hat's off to you for always winding up your contests by show-casing your entries, and honoring each one individually...and giving us such a detailed explanation. That is so appreciated. Thank you again......and congratulations to everyone!
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Date: 5/15/2013 7:52:00 AM
Thanks for the nice comments, Cyndi. Glad you let my censored re-work in. I kind of wish we had a secure place here to post poems of a certain profane nature. Great contest. Don't you find it amusing how much crap gets elevated to the top of the pop charts?
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Date: 5/15/2013 2:25:00 AM
Thanks Cyndi for the idea of this contest. I've never had so much fun reading winning entries. Cheers
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Lighting My Candle From Within Quintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the Sea Coupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight on the Ward Chokahealth,life,
Nocturnal Poetry Rhymeimagination,life,poetry,
Slumber Epicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLL Coupletinspirational,seasons,
Our Thanksgiving Light Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's Grace Ethereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above Hawaii Rhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our Savior Shapelife,religion,
Monarch of Summer Haibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
Untouched Rhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight Pearls Than-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup Blooms Terza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's Doorway Narrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITH Versefaith,for children,
Beachworld Free verseplaces,sea,sun,
Sleepless Nights Narrativeangst,imagination,mystery
Another Face Rhymelost love,
Paired Parings Balladchildhood,
AUTUMN'S SPLENDOROUS BEAUTY Quatrainnature,autumn,autumn,
friend to friend Haikupeople,philosophy,
Calligraphy Verseon writing and words,
Cyndi Sonnetdedication,
Night Comes Rhymetime,
Without Hope's Gleam Terzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
When Your Dead YOUR Dead Rhymefriendship,love,wife,
after my prayer Haikuinspirational,
Chamber Music Chopped Blank versemusic,
Down Fall Italian Sonnetbeautiful,miracle,nature,
God Forbid Coupletangst,devotion,write,life
To Kashinath and Cyndi Rhymededication,devotion,frien
CHERISHED Sonnetlove,peace,
Anticipation Free verseautumn,death,life,
Live the Cliches Free versedream,hope,love,poetry,in
Bliss State Quatrainfaith,
A tribute to Leonora G Dramatic Versedeath,deep,epic,evil,sorr
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Epicabuse,analogy,corruption,
A Reminder: To Be Free versetruth,writing,
IN THE MOOD Light Poetryadventure,woman,
SWITCH magazine Free versededication,hope,life,love
The Byway Rhymecare,
To Love Myself Sonnetlove,new year,self,
Westward Movement Free versedevotion,love,peace,
The Rocking Chair Rhymechild,christmas,sister,
To the Rescue Rhymesnow,
Onward Christian Soldiers Rhyme 
BEYOND TEARS Rhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
Release Free verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
IN STILLNESS Free versechange,life,
Within Reason- Maurice Yvonne and Seren Roberts Verselife,
The Skeletons And Songs Of Samsara - 1 Crown of Sonnetsbirth,death,life,
Softly Sonnetpoetry,
CANDLES OF YOUR FINGERS Light Poetrydeath,memory,missing you,
Inner City Free versecity,

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