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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Beefsteak when I'm hungry,
Red liquor when I'm dry, Greenbacks when I'm hard up,
And religion when I die.
They say I drink whisky,
My money's my own, All them that don't like me,
Can leave me alone.
Sometimes I drink whisky,
Sometimes I drink rum, Sometimes I drink brandy,
At other times none.
But if I get boozy,
My whisky's my own, And them that don't like me,
Can leave me alone.
Jack o' diamonds, jack o' diamonds,
I know you of old, You've robbed my poor pockets
Of silver and gold.
Oh, whisky, you villain,
You've been my downfall, You've kicked me, you've cuflFed me—
But I love you for all.
If the ocean was whisky,
And I was a duck, I'd dive to the bottom
To get one sweet suck.