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OP: Bottoms Up!

Clifford Leach, editor
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Now here’s something fun that will certainly leave a smile on your face: a 1934 book of drinking songs and toasts. Everyone was thirsty and eager to party after Prohibition, so this timely collection is sure to keep spirits high and flowing. 

The songs range from the congenial—For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow or Auld Lang Syne—to the bawdy—Cocaine Joe and Morphine Sue; The Tattooed Lady; Bell Bottom Trousers—but all are meant to inspire merriment and a jolly good time. Post-Prohibition enthusiasm for drinking is clear—”Once more we hold our heads up high; I mean we hold ‘em high; because we’re rid of the hypocrites who drank but voted dry.”

Published by the Paull-Pioneer Music Corporation in New York City, the book includes music along with the lyrics and chords for guitar, ukulele, and tenor banjo. At just under 130 pages, the unassuming staplebound paperback is thoroughly packed with enough songs to keep the party rolling for a lifetime. Scarce and rarely seen in such excellent condition–ours is certainly Near Fine, just with some slight discoloration to the rear cover. A wonderful gift for a jovial drinking buddy.

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