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In the era of the glassworkers, pubs were not merely for liquid refreshment, they became a marketplace for workers to top up their wages by selling glass ornaments they’d created in the factories. This song celebrates the cottage industry - its’ swans, swords, dishes and ‘bits n bobs’ in some kind of music hall/pub style.

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Late one night I was in the pub
Having a pint with a bit of grub
When who should come in but my mate Jack
In through the front door and out through the back

I got swans none can surpass
I got decanters, I got cut glass
It’s all here in this old sack
He was in through the front door
And out through the back

He’d have a look round and then he’d holler
Who wants this for half a dollar?
Two and six? I’ll tek two, Jack
In through the front door and out through the back

You’ll have to join the queue there chum
This fell in my pocket on my way ‘ome
Look at it, perfect, not the slightest crack
In through the front door and out through the back

Don’t call it thieving, gentlemen
After all, I made this stuff me sen
Hang about, there’s a manager best not slack
He’d walked in through the front door
But he ran out through the back

And across the land you still can see
The finest examples of friggery
Made by blokes just like our Jack
That come in through the front door
And out through the back

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from Voices From The Cones, released September 30, 2022
Lyrics: John Edgar
Voice: John Edgar
Piano: Gustaf Ljunggren
Guitar: Dan Whitehouse

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