“The Day We Packed the Hamper for the Coast”


About the great difficulties a couple has "the day we packed the hamper for the coast." First the food is loaded in extravagant quantities. Then the wife tries to add cooking utensils; the husband proposes adding the cat. And so forth.


The Sam Henry text (the only one known; I suspect Henry's informant was close to the author) seems to end in mid-song, with the hamper full but nothing much happening. I suspect an explosion -- either of the hamper or of the quarreling couple -- followed. - RBW


  1. SHenry H488, pp. 501-502, "The Day We Packed the Hamper for the Coast" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9466
  3. BI, HHH488


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland