Thursday, March 17, 2016
Day 138 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Derrick Morgan - Three Drunken Nights
If you're of the inclination to celebrate, I wish you a happy St. Patrick's Day! But if you're like me and not a fan of an overly commercialized day of borderline culturally-offensive green-dyed beer drinking, cavorting and eventual face-down vomiting on a street corner alongside a parked car and a curb, then I say happy Thursday! Regardless of its alcoholic excesses and the fact that is serves as a flimsy excuse for people to skip work and get shit-faced, today's tune is my roundabout way to honor St. Patrick's Day. Derrick Morgan gives us the tune called "Three Drunken Nights" released on his own Hop label circa 1971. The song is based on an Irish version of a folk song called "Seven Drunken Nights," most famously the version recorded by The Dubliners, and released in 1967, where it reached as high as Number 7 on the UK charts and was a Number 1 hit in Ireland. Obviously Morgan's version whittles the seven nights down to three but the tale of a gullible drunkard who returns each night to find more and more evidence of his wife's lover and the increasingly implausible explanations his wife provides, is a lot of fun... regardless if the storyteller's accent is Irish or Jamaican.