If I'm Gonna Die I'm Gonna Have Some Fun

If I'm Gonna Die I'm Gonna Have Some Fun

sung by Arthur Collins (c.1906) from Collected Works of Arthur Collins Volume 1 at archive.org Hear Brian Hefferan sing his 2004 version from his Everybody's Doin' It album.
[Verse 1] Ab Eb7 Ab Eb7 Jim Jackson caught a cold, and he laughed when he was told Fm that he better go to bed and cover up his head Bb7 Eb7 A hot gin fiz was the thing the said Ab Eb7 Ab Eb7 Jim laughed at this advice, he had a date to shoot some dice F7 Bbm Bb7 Eb7 Ab He walked right out in the wind and snow the night was cold as ice Eb Bb7 Eb Bb7 Three weeks later a very sickly cold, a doctor with a spoon Eb Bb7 Said "Jim take your medicine". Eb Bb7 Eb Jim said "Doc, am - I - bad? now don't you lie" Eb C7 F7 Bb7 Eb The doctor said "I'll tell the truth, I think you're going to die" Bb7 Eb Eb7 So Jim sat straight right up in bed he raised his head and to the doctor said [Chorus] Bb7 Eb7 I'm gonna get right up and put on my cloths Ab I'm gonna go right out and take in all the shows Eb7 Gonna drive around in an open carriage Ab If I meet my gal there's gonna be a marriage Bb7 Eb7 Borrow from everybody on my staff Ab I'm gonna eat and drink and drive and laugh F7 Bbm the Doctor says my days are done Bb7 Eb7 Ab so if I'm going to die I'm gonna have some fun [Verse 2] Jim jumped right out of bed, and did just what he said said "Doctor you're scab" for having made a grab he ran outside and called a cab He drove right down the line, and he drank a lot of wine and safe to say the next day Jim was feeling mighty fine Three weeks later, the doctor he took sick, and all the doctors quick came to hold a consultation They said "Doc, you better make your will" The doctor said "Please tell me is Jim Jackson living still?" When someone said "He's feeling fine," The doctor said "Boys, that's for mine"