The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #25209   Message #294054
Posted By: Jeri
09-Sep-00 - 09:32 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Joke and Push About the Pitcher
AKA "It's Not Yet Day."

Joke and Push About the Pitcher

The silver moon that shines so bright
I swear with reason is my teacher,
And, if my midnight glass runs right,
There's time to drink another pitcher.

Chorus: It's not yet day. It's not yet day.
Why should we forsake good liquor?
Until the sunbeams round us play
Let us joke and push about the pitcher.

I dearly love a hearty man —
No sniggering milk-sop Jimmy Twitcher —
That loves a lass, and loves a glass,
And loudly calls for another pitcher.

They say that we must work all day,
And sleep at night to wake much richer;
But what is all the world does say
Compared to mirth, my friend, and pitcher.

Though one may boast a handsome wife,
Yet strange vagaries may bewitch her;
Unvexed I'll lead a cheerful life,
And boldly call for t'other pitcher

The above text is from Folk-Songs of the Upper Thames
Morrison & Gibb, Ltd. Edinburgh 1923. From Alfred Williams
who described it as "A very old song; obtained of David Sawyer"

I learned the song from Jeff Warner, who sings "Let us joke and pass around the pitcher." ^^