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Thread #65482 Message #2800846
Posted By: Jim Dixon
01-Jan-10 - 12:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Pouring whisky down sink
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pouring whisky down sink
Here's the oldest version I can find:
From The Railroad Telegrapher, (St. Louis: Order of Railroad Telegraphers, 1932), Volume 49, page 663:
JOHN SMITH OBEYS ORDERS
I had twelve bottles of whiskey in my cellar and my wife made me empty the contents of each and every one down the sink, so I proceeded to do as my wife desired and withdrew the cork from the first bottle, poured the contents down the sink except for one glass which I drank.
I then withdrew the cork from the second bottle and did likewise, with the exception of one glass which I drank.
I extracted the cork from the third bottle, emptied the good old booze down the bottle, except a glass which I devoured.
I pulled the bottle from the cork of the next and drank one sink out of it, then threw the rest down the sink.
I pulled the sink out of the next cork and poured the bottle down my neck.
I pulled the next bottle out of my throat and poured the cork down the sink, all but the sink which I drank.
I pulled the next cork from my throat and poured the sink down the bottle and drank the cork.
Well, I had them all emptied and steadied the house with one hand and counted the bottles which were 24, so counted them again when they came around again and I had 74, and as the houses came around I counted them and finally I had all the houses and the bottles counted and I proceeded to wash the bottles, but couldn't get the brush in the bottles so I turned them inside out and wiped them all, and we went upstairs and told my other half all about what I did, and Oh Boy, I've got the wifest little nice in the world.
Michigan Purchasing Management (Detroit, Mich.: Purchasing Management Association of Detroit, 1932), page 33, contains a similar story, but with the attribution:
"— By BD Packer in the Philadelphia Purchaser."
For other versions, see the threads:
Lyrics to TEN LITTLE BOTTLES, as recited by Johnny Bond
Lyrics to TALL TALE, by Watt Nicoll, as sung by Hamish Imlach