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"A pint of plain is your only man"

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The catchphrase "A pint of plain is your only man" has become a famous quotation, meaning a pint of stout will solve all your problems.

Flann O'Brien/Myles na gCopaleen/Brian O'Nolan


"The Workmans Friend"

When things go wrong and will not come right,
Though you do the best you can,
When life looks black as the hour of night -
A pint of plain is your only man.

When money's tight and hard to get
And your horse has also ran,
When all you have is a heap of debt -
A pint of plain is your only man.

When health is bad and your heart feels strange,
And your face is pale and wan,
When doctors say you need a change,
A pint of plain is your only man.

When food is scarce and your larder bare
And no rashers grease your pan,
When hunger grows as your meals are rare -
A pint of plain is your only man.

In time of trouble and lousey strife,
You have still got a darlin' plan
You still can turn to a brighter life -
A pint of plain is your only man.

by Flann O'Brien (Brian O'Nolan)

(b. 5 Oct, 1911 - d. 1 April, 1966)

Born in Bowling Green, Strabane, Co. Tyrone; he was a great Irish Novelist & Poet. He described and immortalised the Irish love of life and "craic" in his writing.


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