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"There Is a Tavern in the Town" is a traditional folk song first appearing in the 1883 edition of William H. Hill's Student Songs. The song was the college anthem of Trinity University College.
It was famously performed by Rudy Vallée as "The Drunkard Song", slightly changing the chorus. While recording the last verses of the song, Vallée started to laugh uncontrollably given the corny lyrics. He and his band recorded the song again without laughing, but Victor released both takes in 1934. He also performs the song in the film Sweet Music.
Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album 101 Gang Songs (1961).
While the song is usually performed up-tempo, a balladic version appeared in "Ripper Street" third season episode "Ashes and Diamonds", arranged for Charlene McKenna as the character Rose Erskine on BBC One and Amazon Prime Instant Video.
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A video for this song:
Oldest version published by Hill 1891:
Rudy Vallee version 1934:
Gracie Fields 1938:
The Drunkard Song (There Is A Tavern In The Town) performed by Charlene McKenna as Rose Erskine in the BBC TV series Ripper Street, in August 2015.