“My Dad's Dinner Pail”


"Preserve that old kettle so blackened and worn, It belonged to me Father before I was born." The singer recalls carrying the pail, and seeing his father; he is sure Father shared with those in need


According to Sigmund Spaeth, _A History of Popular Music in America_, p. 191, "Harrigan, Hart, and Braham [produced] perhaps their best show, _Cordelia's Aspirations_, [in] November, 1883. In it the Mulligans were almost disrupted bythe social climbing of Mrs. Mulligan, and Annie Yeamans, as Cordelia, had one of her greatest comedy scenes when she took a stiff drink under the impression it was poison. The best of the songs was My Dad's Dinner Pail...."

For background on Harrigan and Braham, see the notes to "Babies on Our Block." - RBW


  1. Dean, p. 70, "My Dad's Dinner Pail" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5257
  3. BI, Dean070A


Author: Words: Edward Harrigan (?) / Music: David Braham
Earliest date: 1883 (from the musical Cordelia's Aspirations)
Keywords: nonballad food father
Found in: US(MW) Canada