Whisky Mac on the Macc by Ian H Bruce (2008) When friends cruise the Macc’s muddy line Of spirit we know there’s no lack So mix whisky and green ginger wine And pour out a large whisky mac Whisky mac on the Macc, with friends knock it back Jokes, laughter, songs and whisky mac When a bitter nor-westerly blows And its bite feels as sharp as brass tacks The answer as each boater knows Is to down several large whisky macs The dangers of consuming booze Run like water from a duck’s back When at the end of a long cold day’s cruise You’re offered a large whisky mac When you’re feeling crabby or stoned If your mood is at best labelled black Your narrowboat’s no alcohol free zone So drink down one more whisky mac When floating at five one eight feet Of water there’s sometimes a lack Though grounded do not be downbeat “Bottoms up” with a large whisky mac If your boating wardrobe’s incomplete As your waterproofs you didn’t pack Think not of the rain, snow and sleet But the warmth of a large whisky mac When you cruise above the Cheshire plain And geese launch dam-busting attacks Ignore their foul bombing campaign And cheer up with some large whisky macs When walkers pass you don’t grouse If you’re o'ertaken by everyman Jack Just make haste to a warm public house To join friends for a large whisky mac Now this teacher’s escaped from the bells And the incessant yackety-yak No more evil laboratory smells Just good friends sharing more whisky mac The song’s author writes : After a recent social get-together with numerous boating friends, we were introduced to Whisky Mac by one of our number. Knowing no better, I followed instructions and achieved the correct proportions of whisky and ginger wine but was perhaps overly generous with the quantities dispensed. A very convivial evening was had by all and Whisky Mac has now become a popular winter tipple at the end of a cold boating day. A week or so later when those who could were recollecting this evening, it was suggested that ‘Whisky Mac on the Macc’ could be a good song title. I mulled this over and then came up with the above lyrics in which I have managed to make rather contrived references both to boating on the Macclesfield Canal and brands of whisky and ginger wine. One such contrived lyric is 'When floating at five one eight feet'; this, allegedly, is the height of the upper level of the Macclesfield Canal above sea-level. Many boaters would suggest it is usually a foot or more less - and not because sea levels are rising! The last verse is a personal one as I have recently retired from the frustrating task of trying to teach Chemistry to 'those that know everything already'.
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