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DRINKING SONG From the Broadway Operetta "The Vagabond King" (1925) (Rudolf Friml / Brian Hooker) Herbert Corthell & Male Chorus (Broadway Production) - 1925 Mark Lester & Male Chorus (London Production) - 1927 Oreste Kirkop - 1956 Mario Lanza - 1958 Lay me to snooze in the mud and the ooze With plenty of booze to warm me I'll dream of a crown and an ermine gown And kings bowing down before me Give me wine as I ask for wine And the wealth of the world is mine, all mine So what care I for a purse of gold For blood that is old and blue A noble name or a royal fame When a flagon of wine wil do A flagon of wine A gallon of wine A barrel of wine will do An ocean of wine will do Leave me to quench on a tavern bench With my drowsy, frowsy doxie She's Helen of Troy for to be my joy Or Mary of France by proxy For when I'm drunk as I wish to be Why, any fat wench is a queen to me So, what care I for a downccast eye Or love that is pure and true There's none so dear as the girl that's here When a flagon of wine will do A flagon of wine A gallon of wine A barrel of wine will do An ocean of wine will do Bury me deep for my last, long sleep With a gallows steep beside me I'll never wake with a long headache Or heaven or hell betide me For if I die as I hope to die Then I'll never be sober again, not I So little I care for a fast and rare I long for a stronger truth No water for me to eternity When a flagon of wine will do A flagon of wine A gallon of wine A barrel of wine will do An ocean of wine will do (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2006)

    


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