Woman, Dog, and Hickory Tree (1909)
Mark A. Mandel
mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Tue Feb 1 19:09:35 UTC 2005
Wilson Gray contributes:
One version of the final verse of "Junker Partner," a New Orleans black
Give me water when I'm thirsty
Give me whiskey when I'm dry
Give me kindness when I'm sickly
Give me heaven when I die
I know forms of this from the song that is called variously "Rambler
Gambler", "Rye Whiskey", etc. Here are two excerpts from lyrics found on the
Mudcat Cafe web site.
I'M A RAMBLER, I'M A GAMBLER c
I'm a rambler, I'm a gambler, I'm a long way from home;
And if you don't like me, just leave me alone.
I'll eat when I 'm hungry , I'll drink when I'm dry,
And if the whiskey don't kill me, I'll live till I die.
[I know this one as "And if moonshine..."]
I'll eat when I'm hungry,
I'll drink when l'm dry,
If the hard times don't kill me,
I'll lay down and die.
Beefsteak when l'm hungry,
Red liquor when l'm dry,
Greenbacks when I'm hard up,
And religion when I die.
[This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]
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