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Lyr Req: Si's Been Drinking Cider (Irving Berlin)

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anjinzuka@hotmail.com 13 Jun 98 - 09:37 AM
GUEST,AntiqueMusicFan 25 Jan 09 - 03:23 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 25 Jan 09 - 05:08 PM
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Subject: Cy's been drinking cider
From: anjinzuka@hotmail.com
Date: 13 Jun 98 - 09:37 AM

Can anyone help me with the lyrics and artist for this old song?


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Subject: ADD: Si's been drinking cider (Irving Berlin)
From: GUEST,AntiqueMusicFan
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 03:23 PM

Ten years after you asked, but in the event you're somehow still looking, the song was originally recorded in 1915 by Collins and Harlan for Columbia. I've been told that Billy Murray also had a version of the tune. The song was written by Irving Berlin, and was never a top hit, but is fairly well remembered.

Lyrics to:

SI'S BEEN DRINKING CIDER
(Irving Berlin)

[1st verse:]
"What's the matter? What's the matter?" shouted Farmer Brown
As he saw a crowd of people rushing thro' the town
"Is the town on fire or has someone met their death?"
One old Rube looked up at him and cried all out of breath

[1st refrain:]
Si's been drinking cider and he's acting like a fool
Take his wife and hide her for he's apt to treat her cru'l
He's acting mighty gay, he gave his Ingersoll away
Oh! oh! oh! oh! What will the neighbors say?
He told a naughty story to the Parson in the hall
Parson knew the answer so he didn't laugh at all
The constable and sheriff have locked him in the barn
But Si's been drinking cider
So he don't give a good gosh darn

[2nd verse:]
Hiram Perkins heard the news and my but he was vexed
Mumbled to himself "I wonder what will happen next?"
Told his wife that right before she rang the dinner bell
"No use talking, Mary Jane, the country's gone to hell"

[2nd refrain:]
Si's been drinking cider and he's acting like a fool
Take his wife and hide her for he's liable to treat her cru'l
He's acting mighty gay, he gave his Ingersoll away
Oh! oh! oh! oh! What will the neighbors say?
He told an untrue story of a chicken with one leg
Drinking boiling water and it laid a hard-boiled egg
The sheriff won't believe it, he claims that it's a yarn
But Si's been drinking cider
And he don't give a good gosh darn
[ Si's Been Drinking Cider Lyrics on http://www.lyricsmania.com/ ]


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Subject: RE: Cy's been drinking cider
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 05:08 PM

Sheet music is also available at the Levy Collection: Si's Been Drinking Cider. (This is a link to the display starting at the cover page, but you can also download a pdf from there too).

Mick


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