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Traditional (Irish)
  1. Of all the money ere I had, I spent it in good company,
    And all the harm I've ever done, alas was done to none but me
    and all I've done for want of wit, to memory now I can't recall
    so fill me to the parting glass, goodnight and joy be with you all.
  2. Of all the comrades ere I had, they're sorry for my going away,
    and all the sweethearts ere I had , they wish me one more day to stay,
    but since it falls unto my lot that I should go and you should not,
    I'll gently rise and softly call, goodnight and joy be with you all.
  3. If I had money enough to spend and leisure time to sit awhile
    there is a fair maid in this town who sorely has my heart beguiled
    Her rosey cheeks and ruby lips, I alone she has my heart in thrall
    so fill me to the porting glass goodnight and joy be with you all.

This is a very traditional Irish song for singing at the end of an evening, a gathering or an event. Probably the only song more common as a wrap-up is the Soldier's Song, the national anthem of Ireland.