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cd cover: The Last Shot Got Himaka: Sally, Where’d You Get Your Liquor From

(Rev. Gary Davis)
1930s

Old man Peter was a mighty man,
Combed his head with a frying pan,
Washed his face in a wagon wheel,
Died with a toothache in his heel.
Sally, where’d you get your liquor from?
Where’d you get it?
(Man downtown.)
All you’re good for, woman, is to get drunk and clownin’
Where’d you get your liquor from?
(Man downtown.)

Sally you just ain’t no doggone good
I would get rid of you Sally, if I could.
The old mule kick, the little cow prance.
Big sow whistled while the little pig dance.

Tell me, where’d you get your liquor from?
Where’d you get it?
(Man downtown.)
The only thing you’re
good for, woman, is just gettin” drunk and clownin’
Where’d you get your liquor from?
(Man downtown.)

I come in one evening about half past four.
Sally got my food and strewn it all over the floor.
There’s just one thing Sally, I’m going to do:<
I’m going to get me a woman treat me better than you.

Sally went up on the hill with a glass in her hand.
Trying to find another drunk so she can raise some more sand.
You ain’t worth the salt that goes in your bread.
Ain’t worth the ounce o’ lead ‘takes to make you dead.

Bullfrog jumped up on the pulpit stand.
He preached the gospel good as a natural man.
I can get your liquor just any old day.
But all these good looking women they just won’t let me pay.

This is a fine example of the sorts of party songs Davis largely abandoned when he remarried and took up preaching. Luckily, he didn’t forget how to play them and they reappeared in his repertoire when he was an old man.

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