THE FIRST CIGAR
 
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I purchased it over the way
That cigar, for a penny, no more
'Midst ginger-beer bottles it lay
'Twas the last of an old woman's store
She called it an Intimidad
It had spots of a yellowish hue
But she said the best brands always had
And I firmly believed it was true

Chorus: For 'twas my first cigar
My very first cigar
I was but fourteen, when alone and unseen
I smoked my first cigar.


I bit off the end then and there
Its taste I thought rather like hay
But, after all, what did I care
For I was a man that day
I wasted a good many matches
Before I could get it to light
It burnt, I thought, somewhat in patches
But I thought after all 'twas all right.

Chorus: For 'twas my first cigar
My very first cigar
I was but fourteen, when alone and unseen
I smoked my first cigar.


I had not been smoking it long
When ev'rything seemed to go round
And my head felt all dizzy and wrong
And I somehow sat down on the ground
I crawled upstairs to my room
And, groaning, I lay on my bed
I felt that cigar was my doom
And oh, how I wished I was dead.

Chorus: It's all that first cigar
That beastly first cigar
I vow I declare, and I solemnly swear
It's my first and my last cigar.
 
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Written and composed by Arthur Law & Richard Corney Grain - 1890
Performed by Richard Corney Grain (1845-1895)
Performed by W. Louis Bradfield (1866-1919)
 
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