“The Day Bartender” (by Al Duvall)
An unguided tour guide down memory Lane, turn of the century style American folk. Played on banjo, kazoo, guitar, musical saw, and a collection of spittoons, frying pans and medicine bottles. Al’s vaudevillian songs are heaped in black wit, double entendre and clever word play about kleptomaniacs, Moonshiners, criminals, loners and even more shadowy figures. The music is a mix of old-timey, ragtime, sea shanty, Victorian parlour and jug band. Recorded on wax cylinders and other lo-fi devices, these songs were meant to be written between 1900 and 1930; he just never got around to it until now.
“his lyrics strike with all of the bravado of a Tom Waits album, but with a twinge of the old Vaudeville” - Folk it Up.
1.Bury Me In Shellac 2.Barstow Blues 3.Poppycock & Tommyrot 4.The Day Bartender 5.Mary Mack 6.Labias & Genitalmen 7.Tea With Lady Drake 8.The Abandoned Matinee 9.All Whistle and No Train 10.Squirrel Shucking Bee, Part One 11.The Maid of the Marshes 12.Penny Champagne 13.The Dirty Half-Mile 14.Hildegard 15.After the Luau
THE DAY BARTENDER I’m the day bartender at the Early Bird Saloon and from 6 o’clock to noon I pour breakfast for the soaks who can’t hold a fork and spoon I take ham and scrambled egg then I draw one from the keg and mix them in the blender I’m the day bartender for the lushington and lout For the bitter and the stout And on Sundays there’s communion for the drunkenly devout To the racetrack from the flop this is where they make a stop to begin their bender Still, who am I to critique When I’m standing here pouring beers so many years in the darkness every morning of the week I’m the day bartender I may be their only friend or maybe just a money lender Or just a nodding head to comprehend their former splendor Irregardless of your gender the tips are always slender for the day bartender
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