Stopper In My Hand

play to beat the band (with a shovel, if necessary)
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I wrote this shortly after relocating from Maryland to Milwaukee around this time in 2008. And though I never submitted it, I wrote it half seriously in response to a contest Michelle Schocked held to write a song about that year’s recession.

Once in a while, I like to write one that’s so straightforward and predictable, chord-wise, that someone else familiar with the style could probably play it through even the first time around. Give it a shot!

For reference, here’s a live recording from our 2011 appearance on WMSE in 2014.

The Viper & His Famous Orchestra, “Stopper In My Hand,” WMSE, Milwaukee, WI, February 2014

For video, a rare performance by the small jug band within the larger orchestra known as The Viper and His Second String at Milwaukee’s 19th Street Coffee House from 2010: Riley Broach on the washtub bass, John Peacock playing the banjo ukulele with a cast on his strumming arm, and me, The Viper, doubling on the jug and suitcase (normally, as in the WMSE recording, Rob Henn would handle main jug duties).

The Viper and His Second String, “Stopper in My Hand,” 19th Street Coffee House, Milwaukee, WI, May 2010


“I’ve always liked this little fun tune.”
— Carol Archer Jerving, Facebook, December 28, 2021

the kind of music your great-great-great-grandparents warned your great-great-grandparents about