American Old Time Song Lyrics: 37 My Hobbys A Drink Of Good Rye

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My Hobby's a Drink of Good Rye.
Tune-" My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon."
Written by H. T. Wilkins, of Altoona, Pa.

Everybody has a hobby underneath the rose.
Everybody likes their "hopper," so the saying goes.
I've a hobby, you all know it, quite as well as I,
Every evening I do hit it, always on the sly.

Chorus.
My hobby's a drink of good rye.I'll take one on you by and by.
'Twould fill me with fun just now to hit one,
And I don't think a dozen I ever would shun.
I'm going away very soon,
And will go into some great big saloon,
And all very slyly, where no one will spy me,
I'll drink down my hobby alone.

I have often wondered where all that whiskey goes.
Perhaps it has a hiding-place somewhere within my nose.
Maybe some big redhead fellow's stomach it does fill.
But as long as I don't know it, I'll drink it at my will.

Chorus.
Last night when the stars went to bed
A tear-drop the moon gently shed,
And said with a sigh, "you'll be drunk by and by,
And I'm very glad that it is you And not I."

-Then you'll get up rather late in the morn,
And feel rather dry for a horn,
But the bartenders all know you, and will not again trust you,
And thus your old hobby'll be gone.
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