#02817
When I Had But Fifty Cents (Lew Dite) videos
See also I Had But 50 Cents (Punters)
#1332: YouTube video by lewdite
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

Took my gal to a fancy ball,
it was a social hop,
Danced all night till the break of daylight,
just awaitin' for the music to stop;
We stopped into a restaurant,
the finest on the street,
She said she was not hungry,
but this is what she eat:

A dozen craw, a plate of slaw,
a chicken and a roast,
A pair of doves with apple sauce
and a soft shell crab on toast;
A big barbeque and crackers too,
her appetite was immense,
When she called for more
I fell on the floor,
'cause I had but fifty cents.

Oh, you bet I wasn't hungry,
I didn't care to eat,
I got money in my clothes,
the best they can't be beat;
I thought if she always ate that way,
she'd surely break our bank,
She said she was not thirsty,
but this is what she drank:

A glass of ale, a gin cocktail,
it made me shake with tears,
A ginger pop with rum on top,
and then a schooner of beer;
A whiskey sin and a glass of gin,
she should have had more sense,
When she called for more
I fell on the floor,
for I had but fifty cents.

Oh, you bet I wasn't hungry,
I didn't care to eat,
Thinking any moment we'd be
tossed out in the street;
She said she'd bring some friends around
one day, and we'd have fun,
I showed the man my fifty cents,
and this is what he'd done:

Oh, he smashed my nose,
he tore my clothes,
he slammed me to the floor,
Grabbed me by the collar,
then threw me out the door;
He grabbed me where my pants were loose,
and he kicked me through the fence,
So take my advice don't try it twice
when you got but fifty cents.

####.... Sam Devere ....####
First written as a poem in 1881 by Sam Devere and published as The Original Fifty Cents ©1885 by White, Smith & Co. Recorded by the Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppers in 1928.

The video above features a live performance of a variant by Lew Dite with Terry Joe Banjo and Perry Beaton at the Church Street Café in Lennoxville, Quebec, January 4, 2008. Lew noted that there was no video available but an in-house recording.

The video below features a solo remake of this variant by Lew Dite using drop D tuning performed in June of 2012.


#1332: YouTube video by lewdite
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~


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