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Rye Whiskey [core]

Rye whiskey, rye whiskey, rye whiskey I cry
If I don't get rye whiskey I surely will die

Jack of diamonds, jack of diamonds, I know you of old
You've robbed my poor pockets, Of silver and gold

Whiskey, you villian, you've been my downfall
You've kicked me, you've cuffed me, But I love you for all

They say I drink whiskey, my money is my own
And them that don't like me can leave me alone

I'll eat when I'm hungry, I'll drink when I'm dry
And when I get thirsty I'll lay down and cry

It's beefsteak when I'm hungry and whiskey when I'm dry
Greenbacks when I'm hard up and heaven when I die

Baby, oh baby, I've told you before
You make me a pallet, I'll lay on the floor

If the ocean was whiskey and I was a duck
I would dive to the bottom and never come up

But the ocean ain't whiskey, and I ain't no duck
So I'll play the Jack of diamonds and trust to my luck

Available in these books:

Get Started Plus:
Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
Listen to sample tracks.

The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.


A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com