• Oscar Brown, Jr.

I’LL DRINK TO THAT

When the doctor ordered ‘give up booze.’

I hollered, ‘doctor what if I refuse’

He said, ‘then you’ll soon be flat

Out on satan’s welcome mat.’

I said ‘okay doc, I’ll drink to that!’

Drink, drank, drunk I’ll drink to that


When the preacher cried, ‘the demon rum

‘Can turn a deacon to a drunken bum’

It sounded true from where I sat

So I said, ‘let’s pass the hat

‘Buy a bottle rev,’ I’ll drink to that!

Drink, drank, drunk I’ll drink to that


Disaster’s steady stalkin’ me

But I don’t mind at all

As long as I stay under the

Affluence of inchohol


Stayin’ high’s the least that I can do

For this low life I been livin’ through

If I could I’d down a vat

And stay blinder than a bat

Y’all say ‘sober up!’

I’ll drink to that!

Drink, drank, drunk I’ll drink to that


II

Hey, Bartender! Everybody’s gone

Leavin’ me an’ you t’ carry on

You look like a groovy cat

Let’s us have a friendly chat

Fill my glass again! I’ll drink t’ that!

Drink, drank, drunk I’ll drink to that






I been battlin’ from the very first

Tryin’ t’ quench this over-whelming thirst

Me an’ Momma used t’ spat

‘Til she gave me tit for tat

An’ I said, “goo, goo, ga! I’ll Drink t’ that!

Drink, drank, drunk I’ll drink to that!

In liquor lies the only wealth

My life has ever known

I’ve drunk to everybody’s health

Until I’ve ruined my own


On the subject of who has control

Over me and my immortal soul

Me an’ Satan chewed the fat

Now I know where Satan’s at...

And, oh well, what th’ hell?! I’ll drink t’ that!

Drink, drank, drunk I’ll drink to that!


(This is a song in the score of OBJ’s musical Great Nitty Gritty)


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