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(Source-Jonathon Moses, Orford, NH)

Words by Edward Harrigan, music by Dave Braham, 1883

Composed for theater audiences in the late 19th century, this song was quite popular and eventually made it's way into the oral tradition. Mr. Moses' versions of this song captured my heart and it is his voice that you hear at the end of the song. While we were working on this recording, Michael had some construction going on above the studio and we were wondering how we were going to record with all the noise. Michael went upstairs and returned with the workers in tow. Thus the “All Weather Heating and Plumbing Chorus” was born.

lyrics

Preserve that old kettle, so black and so worn;
It belonged to my father before I was born;
It hung in a corner beyond on a nail
'Twas the emblem of labor, my dad's dinner pail

CHORUS: For it glistened like silver, so sparkling and bright;
I am fond of the trifle that held his wee bite;
In summer or winter, in snow, rain or hail,
I've carried that kettle, my dad's dinner pail.

When the bell rang for mealtime my father'd come down —
He'd eat with the workmen about on the ground;
He'd share with the laborer and he'd go the bail,
You'd never reach the bottom of dad's dinner pail.
CHORUS

If the day should be rainy my fathe'd stop home,
And he'd polish his kettle as clane as a stone;
He'd joke with my mother and me he would whale
If I put a finger on dad's dinner pail.
CHORUS

There's a place for the coffee and also for bread,
The corned beef and praties, and oft it was said:
"Go fill it with porter, with beer or with ale;"
The drink would taste sweeter from dad's dinner pail.
CHORUS

credits

from Dad's Dinner Pail and Other Songs From the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, released July 26, 2005
Debra Cowan: Vocals
Michael DeLalla: Guitar
Tabby Finch: Hammered Dulcimer
Ralph Gordon: Acoustic bass
Joe DeZarn: Fiddle
The All-Weather Heating and Plumbing Chorus:
Michael Hudson, Mike Buechner, Chuck Salmon, Michael DeLalla

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Debra Cowan Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Singer Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting a wide range of folk songs. Debra has two acclaimed solo recordings to her credit, and her third, “Fond Desire Farewell” was produced by former Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. A former California resident, she now resides in Massachusetts and tours all over North America and the United Kingdom. ... more

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