1930 The Home Bartender's Guide and Song Book



'Twas on a Friday morning, The first day of August,·

We had some slight refreshments, And I handed out the bill; The barkeeper counted out the cha11ge, And the bill dropp ed in th e till,· 'Twas in currency and silver change; There was a three-cent piece or two,·

When of that day I ever think, My heart feels ready to bust! I jumped into a Broadway stage, L1 Central Park going to, On a seat by the right-hand side of the door, Sat a dark girl dressed in blue. She was, etc. Now we hadn't gone very far, Wh en the lady looked so strange,· The driver knocked me down for his fare– Says she, "[ have no change,· l'i·e only a ten-dollar bill, Oh, dear, what shall I do?" Said I, "Allow me to pay," "Oh, thank you, sir," Says the dark girl dressed in blue. She was, etc. We chatted and talked as we onward walked, fl bout one thing or the other; She asked me, too (Oh, wasn't it kind?) If I had a father or a mother. Says I, "Yes, and a grandmother, too,· But pray, miss, what are you?" "Oh, I'm chief engineer in a milliner's shop,'' Says the dark girl dressed in blue. She was, etc.

So I rolled it up and gav e it to The dark girl dressed in blue. She was, etc.

She thanked me and said, "I must away,– Farewell, till next we meet,· For on urgent business I must go To the store in Hudson street." She quickly glided from my sight 11 nd soon was lost to view; I turned to leave-when by my side Stood a tall man dressed in blue! She was, etc. This tall man said, "Excuse me, sir, I'm one of the 'special force',· That bill was bad-please come witlt me"– [ had to go, of course. Said I, "For a lady I obtained the change," Says he, "Are you telling me true ? What's her name?" Says I,"[ don't know, She was a dark girl dressed in blue." She was, etc. My story they believed-thought I was deceifltd, But said I must hand back the cash; I thought it was a sin, as I gave her the tin– Away went ten dollars smash! So, all young men, take my advice, Be careful what you do, When you make the acquaintance of ladies strange6 Especially a dark girl dressed in blue. She was, etc.

We walked about for an hour or two, Through the park, both near and far,· Then to a large hotel we went- [ stepped up to the bar,·

She slipped in my hand a ten-dollar bill, I said, "What are you going to do'!" "Oh, don't think it strange, I must have change," Said the dark girl dressed in blue. S he was, etc.



A reminiscence of the hard-working girls of the old Bowery better known as "When Knight Work Was in Fl~wer. 11 If a guy got too fresh, they'd offer him this one. And did it work! ..•. ~ T his one has worried us ever since we first heard about it. I n the first place, will some kind gentle– man step forward and tell us just where it got its most desc riptive name ? Probably some dental ad– vertisement!

Don't Waste Ice on It One part Cognac

One part Chartreuse One part Cointreau Dashes of Bitters to dull the bur11 * One part Gin One part French Vermouth One pert Italian Vermouth Juice of one-quarter Orange One cube of Ice Stir and serve in bar glass w ith slice of orange






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