RACS Anthem- "Toss the Pot"

The RACS anthem was dedicated to the club by Adrian Jolliffee and the De Merc Chamber Choir. Sadly Adrian is no longer with us. The lyrics below and video (right) are our tribute to Adrian.

"Toss The Pot"

Toss the pot, toss the pot, let us be merry,
And drink till our cheeks be as red as a cherry.


We take no thought, we have no care,
For still we spend and never spare,
Till of all money our purse is bare,
We ever toss the pot.

Chorus...

Toss the pot, toss the pot, let us be merry,
And drink till our cheeks be as red as a cherry.

We drink, carouse with heart most free,
A hearty draught I drink to thee:
Then fill the pot again to me,
And ever toss the pot.

And when our money is all spent
Then sell our goods and spend our rent,
Or drink it up with one consent,
And ever toss the pot.

When all is gone, we have no more,
Then let us set it on the score,
Or chalk it up behind the door,
And ever toss the pot.

And when our credit is all lost,
Then may we go and kiss the pot,
And eat brown bread instead of roast,
And ever toss the pot.

Let us conclude as we began,
And toss the pot from man to man,
And drink as much now as we can,
And ever toss the pot.

Chorus...

Toss the pot, toss the pot, let us be merry,
And drink till our cheeks be as red as a cherry.

from A Briefe Discourse (1614), by Thomas Ravenscroft