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Uncle Phil Lyr Req/Add: The Fatal Glass of Beer (12) Lyr Add: The Fatal Glass of Beer 07 Dec 11


A classic song with a good moral and the basis of a short W.C.Fields film of the same name.

There are two different versions of the lyrics here -- as it was originally written and the the version Fields sang in the film. There is a third version of The Fatal Glass of Beer already in the DT.

               THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER
               (Charlie Case (1860-1916))

There was once a poor young man who left his country home,
And came to the city to seek employment;
He promised his dear mother that he'd lead the simple life,
And always shun the fatal curse of drink.

He came to the city and accepted employment in a quarry,
And while there he made the acquaintance of some college men;
He little guessed that they were demons, for they wore the best of clothes,
But clothes do not always make the gentleman.

One night he went out with his new-found friends to dine,
And they tried to persuade him to take a drink;
They tempted him and tempted him, but he refused and he refused,
Till finally he took a glass of beer.

When he seen what he had done he dashed the liquor to the floor,
And he staggered through the door with delirium tremens;
While in the grip of liquor he met a Salvation Army lassie,
And cruelly he broke her tambourine.

All she said was 'Heaven bless you!' and placed a mark upon his brow,
With a kick that she had learned before she was saved;
So kind friends, take my advice and shun the fatal curse of drink,
And don't go around breaking people's tambourines.

And as performed by W.C. Fields in the 1933 film The Fatal Glass of Beer:

               THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER
               (Charlie Case (1860-1916))

There was once a poor boy and he left his happy home,
And he came to the city to look for work;
He promised his ma and pa he would lead a sinless life,
And always shun the fatal curse of drink.

Once in the city he got a situation in a quarry,
And there he made the acquaintance of some college students;
He little thought they were demons, for they wore the best of clothes,
But the clothes do not always make the gentleman.

So they tempted him to drink and they said he was a coward,
Until at last he took The Fatal Glass of Beer;
When he found what he'd done he dashed the glass upon the floor,
And he staggered through the door with delirium tremens.

Once upon the sidewalk he met a Salvation Army girl,
And wickedly he broke her tambourine;
All she said was 'Heaven bless you!' and placed a mark upon his brow,
With a kick she'd learned before she had been saved.

Now as moral to young men who come down to the city,
Don't go 'round breaking people's tambourines.


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