In 18th century Ireland
It was hard to find good beer
(And some say in the North today,
It’s still the same, I fear)
But one thing changed on New Year Eve
When Arthur Guinness bought a derelict
Brewery for a dime.
Well, 45 Pounds Sterling really,
Not too bad my dears,
Given that the lease was good
For nine thousand years.
Ten million pints a day are drunk
Around the world, and that’s meant,
A pretty good return
On Arthur Guinness’s Investment.