Dick and Johnny
DICK AND JOHNNY :
LAST NEW DRINKING SONG.
DICK AND JOHNNY, &c.
I’LL live at my pleasure,
And repent at my leisure,
To-day I will banish all sorrow;
My humor I’ll follow,
My bumper I’ll swallow,
And talk of repentance to-morrow.
Thus frolicksome Johnny,
So blith and so bonny,
Roar’d out at our last merry meeting;
But Dick, a dull fellow,
Who never gets mellow,
Cried, Johnny, life’s joys are but fleeting.
Why, you frolicksome youth,
I declare of a truth,
Wicked mirth, such as yours, I despise sir;
Come, give up your drink,
Begin now to think,
Repent, and make haste to be wiser.
Your wisdom is folly,
I hate melancholy,
Quoth John, I’ll repent when I’m older;
There’s a heaven, I’ve heard tell,
And I fear there’s a hell,
So I guzzle to make myself bolder.
With desperate madness,
To drink away sadness,
Quoth Dick, is a terrible blunder;
That a day may be lent us,
Our sins to repent us,
What angel can tell us, I wonder?
Johnny laugh’d, and he swore,
Then he sink on the floor,
Sudden death put an end to the sentence,
Then to-day renounce drinking,
For ’tis bad, to my thinking,
To trust to to-morrow’s repentance.
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