From the recordings Whiskey Before Breakfast and Water Journeys

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This is a standard instrumental that people in the folk circles play.  Mike Cross did a great job of putting lyrics to it.


It was just the other day the sun wouldn't shine
I was walking down the street not feeling too fine
I saw two old men with a bottle between 'em
This is the song that they were singing
Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast
Well I walked on over to where they were sitting
And I couldn't believe how drunk they were getting
I said "old men, have you been drinking long?"
“Long enough to start singing this song!"
Well they passed me the bottle saying, “Take a little sip!"
And it taste so good that I just couldn't quit
So I had another drink.  Next thing I knew
There were three of us sitting there singing this tune
Well, one by one everybody in the town Heard our ruckus and they came on down
And pretty soon all the streets were ringing
With the sound of the whole town laughing and singing

-Lyrics provided by permission of Vic-Ray Publishing-ASCAP