The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Cold Water Is The Cup That Cheers

Cat. #0414 (MFH #101) - As sung by Mrs. Olive Coberley, Wheatland, Missouri on September 9, 1959

VERSE 1
Cold water is th cup that cheers
Away, away th bowl
Ole alkyhol is king of tears
Away, away th bowl
Goodbye to rum and all its harm
Farewell, th wine cups dread alarm
Cold water has far sweeter charge
Away, away th bowl

VERSE 2
See how th staggering drunkard reels
Away, away th bowl
What shame an' misery he reveals
Away, away th bowl
His hungry children cry for bread
An' from their cold damp cellar bed
They watch for his return with dread
Away, away th bowl

VERSE 3
Ole alkyhol will buy yourself
Away, away th bowl
We hate it now an' ever shall
Away, away th bowl
Goodbye to rum an' all its harm
Farewell, th wines cup dread alarm
Cold water has far sweeter charge
Away, away th bowl