“The Magic Glass”


"I went one night with a high-priced thirst to loaf in a booze bazaar." The singer, glancing at himself in the mirror, sees a "cringing bum" -- then looks again and it's gone. The bartender says that the "Magic Glass" lets men see what they might become


Dean's version ends with the bartender explaining the Magic Glass -- but one has to suspect that the full song goes on to have the singer swear off drinking. Though what *I'd* like is to know why a bartender would be so foolish as to install a glass that would scare off his customers. Obviously some people would approve -- but those people aren't going to become bartenders!


  1. Dean, p. 130, "The Magic Glass" (1 text)
  2. Roud #9586
  3. BI, Dean130A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Dean)
Keywords: drink warning
Found in: US(MW)