This English drinking song, first published in 1728 and credited to Henry Purcell, has been popular ever since; it was regularly sung by the Victorians and now features on a video game soundtrack as well as being a staple of US college glee clubs (You Tube is full of fresh faced chaps in neat slacks and blazers belting it out.
The song starts with a toast to the king and develops into a celebration of getting drunk and shagging. The 'dead men' are either those too drunk to stand or the empty bottles (or both). Bacchus, mentioned in the later verses, was the Roman god of wine, fertility, and ritual madness.
And, for those who are worried by the Royalism and licentiousness of the original, there is also a socialist rewrite.
Sunday 26 November
North Bristol Arts Trail, St Michael & All Angels Church, Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NT. 4.15-5.45
Saturday 9 December
Charity Carol Singing, Clifton Down Shopping Centre, 3 p.m. -4 p.m.
Monday 11 December
Radio Bristol / Bristol Post Carol Concert (Lord Mayor's appeal), Colston Hall, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 16 December
A Gurt Noel (our official do), St Albans Church, afternoon rehearsals, concert at 7.30 p.m.
Friday 22 December
Carol Singing, Bristol Heart Institute, BRI, 12.30-1.30 pm
25 February 2018
Innovation 216, St Georges (Morning)
28 February and 1 March 2018
The Hall on the Hill, St Georges
3 March 2018
CoMA, The Festival of Contemporary Music for All
7 July 2018
Summer Spectaular featuring WWI Suite, St Georges