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Lyr Req: ...Old Sammy Morgan's Gin (Hank Snow)

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Dan 21 Apr 97 - 05:25 AM
Dale Rose 21 Apr 97 - 07:13 AM
Gene Graham 21 Apr 97 - 01:46 PM
Dan 22 Apr 97 - 05:36 AM
Mr Happy 19 May 10 - 08:46 AM
GUEST,DWR 19 May 10 - 10:19 AM
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Subject: Lyr. request: Sammy Morgan's Gin (Hank Snow)
From: Dan
Date: 21 Apr 97 - 05:25 AM

Hello, I've been searching for the lyrics to this old tune by Hank Snow. I only remember that, in the song, a young fella' sneaks into Sammy's cellar and steals his home-made gin. The remainder of the evening is filled with various wonderful events and sights, with, as Hank sings, "But the funniest sight of all was two roosters playing ball, on the night I stole old Sammy Morgan's Gin."

Hope someone can help. Thanks, Dan.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE NIGHT I STOLE OLD SAMMY MORGAN'S GIN
From: Dale Rose
Date: 21 Apr 97 - 07:13 AM

I do have the song on the wonderful Bear Family CD set of Hank's early Canadian releases. He recorded it in 1947, though it had actually been written prior to his first session in 1936. I can't tell you how much fun we had singing this song when we were kids!

THE NIGHT I STOLE OLD SAMMY MORGAN'S GIN
(C E Snow)

Listen folks and I will tell a funny story,
You may think it sad but I was in my glory.
'Twas a cellar I crept in,
Cobwebs brushing by my chin,
On the night I stole old Sammy Morgan's Gin.

As my hand fell on the jug I had to snicker,
But when I started for the door I went much quicker,
For just up above my head
Someone jumped right out of bed,
On the night I stole old Sammy Morgan's Gin.

As I left that cellar believe me, I was liftin',
And the hops from one arm to the other shiftin',
Then I stopped and hauled the plug,
Sat there till I drained the jug,
Had my mind all set, no spare drops I was missin'.

Then on my feet I thought I was, but wasn't,
And for roads, I guess I saw about a dozen.
When I reached the old porch door
I went smack-o on the floor,
On the night I stole old Sammy Morgan's Gin.

I just made one step and landed in the coal-box
Then from off the mantle came a big-ben 'larm clock
But I finally got up-stairs
After passing seven bears
'Twas the night I stole old Sammy Morgan's Gin.

By my bedroom door an owl stood taking tickets
And a monkey stood before me baking biscuits
But the funniest sight of all
Was two roosters playing ball
On the night I stole old Sammy Morgan's Gin.

I saw mice as big as horses washing dishes
As an ape came in the door dressed up in breeches
Then the floor fell on my head
As I tried to get in bed
'Twas the night I stole old Sammy Morgan's Gin.

Well, I woke next morning guess 'twas closer evening
And my room 'twas certainly in an awful shape,
Someone else had took my head
Left an elephant's there instead
On the morning after drinking Sammy's Gin.

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 26-Dec-01.^^ Added to DT Oct 98


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Subject: RE: Lyr. request: Sammy Morgan's Gin (Hank Snow)
From: Gene Graham
Date: 21 Apr 97 - 01:46 PM

GGRRREEAAATTT! grab your guitar and sing-a-long!

[D] Listen folks and I will [A7] tell a funny [D] story

You may think it sad but [D7] I was in my [A7] glory

'Twas a [D] cellar I crept [D7] in, cobwebs [G] brushing by my chin

On the [D] night I stole old [A7] Sammy Morgan's [D] gin.


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Subject: RE: Lyr. request: Sammy Morgan's Gin (Hank Snow)
From: Dan
Date: 22 Apr 97 - 05:36 AM

Dale, Thanks for the lyrics. I've been looking a long while. This song was a lot of fun when I was a kid too. I remember my Dad playing it and we would just howl with laughter. Gene, Thank you for the chords...an added bonus and a great time saver for me. I love to play these old songs, but it takes me an incredibly long time to "hear" the chords in even the simple ones. Thanks again, Keep on Playin' Dan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ...Old Sammy Morgan's Gin (Hank Snow)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 19 May 10 - 08:46 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaCzPO6li1E


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ...Old Sammy Morgan's Gin (Hank Snow)
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 19 May 10 - 10:19 AM

Gosh, that's an old one! I do believe it was my very first lyric post, and probably my first post of any kind for that matter. Where have these 13 years gone? Seems like only yesterday . . .   

It was also my first encounter with Mr. G. That made it a good day right there!

Thanks for bringing that back, and adding the youtube, Mr. Happy. "Funny Story" indeed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: ...Old Sammy Morgan's Gin (Hank Snow)
From: GUEST,Fred Isenor
Date: 15 Oct 16 - 10:49 AM

Even though Hank Snow claims to have written the song in his autobiography he may be wrong. Don Miller has an old 1920 book with the song with same title and words. The oldtimers seem to get mixed up. Several years ago my friend Yodeling Slim Clark sang "The Cat Came Back" claiming to have written it when in fact it was written by Henry S. Miller in 1893.


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