On the road to see the ocean for the first time
with his wife, Maria, and daughter, Hattie,, a reluctant
Farmer Eli pauses to taste water from a well and finds it . . . lacking.
Terrible flat water! Tastes as if it come out o' the cistern.
(Tasting the water with the dipper)
Pretty good, I call it. Here, Ma.
You always were pretty particular about water, Father.
(She tastes it)
Well, it's just fine! I mean, I guess I don't mind it so much.
Brackish, brackish! 'Specially compared to the water we have at home. Our old well serves up some mighty fine refreshment!
THE WATER AT HOME
IS SO COLD, AN' SO CLEAR,
MADE OF FINER CRYSTAL
THAN A CHANDELIER.
AS GOOD AS GRAIN,
AN' STRONG AS BEER.
GET DRUNK ON THE WATER AT HOME!
THE WATER AT HOME,
FROM THE HEART OF THE WELL,
MAKES THE BEST PERSCRIPTION
FOR A LONG HOT SPELL,
CALLS FROM AFAR
LIKE A DINNER BELL
IT'S MUSIC, THE WATER AT HOME.
ELI AND MARIA
NOT SEALED IN THE GROUND,
SHUT OFF FROM THE PURIFYIN’ AIRS OF HEAVEN...
NO, OPEN TO THE SUN!
BUCKET BRINGS THE FLAVOR AN' SCENT OF HEAVEN.
AN' THE SOIL AT HOME
IS AS DARK AS THE SKY
ON A STARLESS MIDNIGHT,
AND I’LL TELL YOU WHY…
IT’S RICH AS LIFE,
'CAUSE IT'S WATERED BY
THE FRAGRANT AN' FLAVORFUL . . .
. . . MOIST AND MIRACULOUS . . .
ELI AND MARIA
WATER AT HOME.
The Water at Home
Words and music ©2000 Ben Cohn / Squeaky Toy Music
From the one-act musical Farmer Eli's Vacation, based on the 1895 short story by Alice Brown.
Composer: Ben Cohn