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A Klingon drinking song was a drinking song that Klingons sang about drinking bloodwine, having glorious battles, the Empire, and other things.

Huraga and Mogh used to sing drinking songs when Worf was young. In 2372, Huraga sang a drinking song with Worf himself aboard Deep Space 9. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

On the USS Voyager in 2376, The Doctor wanted to get Seven of Nine to learn a Klingon drinking song. Her response was "I fail to see the merit of learning a Klingon drinking song," to which The Doctor replied "It's not about drinking, Seven, it's about saluting the noble deeds of our ancestors. And honoring those who fell in battle. Think qapla'! Think long live the Empire!" (VOY: "Barge of the Dead")

The Doctor later mentioned that B'Elanna Torres's appreciation of music was limited to a smattering of Klingon drinking songs. (VOY: "Virtuoso")

Neelix quickly took to admiring Klingon culture after having an opportunity to view it firsthand in 2377, after Voyager had transported aboard some two hundred Klingons. After spending a day in the mess hall feeding them, he picked up on several Klingon drinking songs which he later offered to teach his new bunkmate, Tuvok. (VOY: "Prophecy")

Partial lyrics


'ej HumtaH 'ej DechtaH 'Iw
'ej Doq SoDtaH ghoSpa' Sqral bIQtIq
'e' pa' jaj law' moch jaj puS
jaj qeylIS molor mIgh HoHchu'qu'

English language (literal translation)

And the blood was continuously sticky on all sides.
And the River Sqral continuously flooded red before going onward.
That there day is most superior,
The day Kahless truly and clearly killed evil Molor.

English language (canonical translation)

And the blood was ankle deep.
And the River Skral ran crimson red.
On the day above all days.
When Kahless slew evil Molor dead.
Excerpts from DS9: "The Way of the Warrior" and VOY: "Prophecy" and "Barge of the Dead".