Liquor and Longevity.
The horse and mule live 30 years,
and nothing know of wine on beers.
The goat and sheep at 20 die,
and never taste of Scotch or Rye.
The cow drinks water by the ton,
and at 18 is mostly done.
The dog at 15 cashes in,
without the aid of rum and gin.
The cat in milk and water soaks,
and then in 12 short years it croaks.
The modest, sober, bone-dry hen
lay eggs for nogs, then dies at 10.
All animals are strictly dry:
they sinless live and swiftly die.
But sinful, ginful, rum-soaked men
survive for threescore years and ten.
And some of us, the mighty few
keep drinkin' till we're 92.