American Old Time Song Lyrics: 09 The Diamond Ring

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THE DIAMOND RING.

I'll tell you in my song of a gay young cavalier,
Who once upon a time, lived in this town right here,
His name was Charles Augustus, and divinely he did sing,
He was clerk in a dry goods store, and he wore a diamond ring.

Chorus.
Ri tid de fa ral, ri tid de fa ral, ri tid de fa ral de ro.

He wore a black mustache, his hair hung round in curls,
Oh, he was the fellow to mash the unsuspecting girls,
When they met him in the street, sly glances they would fling,
At the handsome ladles' man, for he wore a diamond ring.
Ri tid de fa ral. ri tid de fa ral, ri tid de fa ral de ro.

To parties he would go, and with the ladies flirt,
He was such a charming beau the girls would all assert.
He had lots of cash on hand, and all that sort of thing.
He drove a two-forty horse, and he wore a diamond ring.
Ri ti e fa ral, ri tid de fa ral, rl tid de fa ral de ro.

Now things went on quite gay, our hero cut a dash
Like many a dandy swell, with his employer's cash,
His salary was too small to stand this sort of thing,
But he had the run of the drawer, and he wore a diamond ring.
Ri tid de fa ral, ri tid de fa ral, ri tid de fa ral de ro.

At last suspicion arose In his employer's mind,
That Charles Augustus' clothes were altogether too fine;
A watch was set on him, to stop this sort of thing,
And our dry goods clerk was caught, " coming this " with his diamond ring.
Ri tid de fa ral, ri tid de fa ral, rl tid de fa ral de ro.

"Our gay, young cavalier " before a court was tried,
And as his guilt was clear of course was not denied ;
They sent him for his health, to the village of Sing Sing,
To play checkers with his nose, without any diamond ring.
Rl ttd de fa ral, ri tid de fa ral, ri tid de fa ral de ro.
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