Oh Dinah

Oh Dinah

BandFolkCountry

Oh Dinah is a pop throwback to basement tapes, moonshine, and childish excitement. They match one part city life with one part country living into a handful of tasty and edible musical crackers.

Biography

The five piece alt-country outfit known as Oh Dinah was formed in early 2006. They have become well known around the Halifax music scene, playing at local pubs and clubs. Their songs sound from the inside of the AM radio that played on Sunday afternoons while sleeping through church services and summer jobs. Oh Dinah channels artists ranging from Frank Black to Buck Owens, from Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Victor Pelevin. They are a family of young, delightful musicians who like to share a hearty dinner around the kitchen table after coming home late from a show. Look out for their upcoming release, Ardoise, in June 2008.

Oh, Dinah dear, thy Gumbo's here,
Waiting beneath the old gum-tree;
The stars of night are far less bright
Than is my Dinah's eyes to me.
The mocking-bird's note, which on the air floats,
Is thrown in the shade when Dinah sings.
Then Dinah dear, thy Gumbo's here,
While soft he strikes his banjo strings.
Give but one smile, to cheer this child,
And your own Gumbo will away;
Then all the day work will seem play,
And while I'm thinking of Dinah I'll be gay
And like the grape-vine which round the oak twine,
Oh, Dinah dear, to Gumbo cling;
Then Dinah dear, thy Gumbo hear,
While soft he strikes his banjo strings

-Millett

Lyrics

Steam

Written By: Denis Kierans

Steam
Rise up
The geyser fills but babe my empty cup
Yeah, but I'll be home tonight
Ants
They pause
Their interrupted work don't need daylight
Yeah, but I'll be home tonight

Chorus
Well, the good book, the bad book It must be understood
That nature, babe, you just can't fight
On the stove top, enough talk
My water's gettin real hot
To live by definition in spite

Green
Be brown
Be salty as the snow around the town
Yeah, but I'll be home for sure
My
Two Gods
Are fighting in the hall over a girl
I'll take care of my own world

Chorus

Bridge
I sat right down, drinkin
Proud in my disguise
Coy as the town
Burning bright
With love to inspire
But livin in spite

Steam
Rise up
Just fill my broken cup and make me right
Yeah, but I'll be home tonight
Steam
Rise up
Just break her arms and take away my sight
Yeah, but I'll be home tonight

Chorus

My Lighter Top

Written By: Denis Kierans

Denis wrote this song as an love song for the icon of the Virgin Mary...

When I saw you down on your knees
Fastened to the pedestal, the flashes were screaming
You were holding a baby, Jesus I heard
A tour guide said to pass down the word

You're my lighter top
You're my lighter top
You're the cutest little girl in the whole damn world
Don't ever stop
Don't ever stop
Cause I'm coming right back to you

Joseph was a standup man
But you're no carpenter's wife, I just can't understand
You want a thousand camels, diamonds in the rough
Ice cream sandwiches and gold snuff

You're my lighter top
You're my lighter top
You're the cutest little girl in the whole damn world
Don't ever stop
Don't ever stop
Cause I'm travelling time for you

I know that you're made out of marble, in my eyes
You know, the last girl I dated
She was made out of ice

Yeah, you're my lighter top
You're my lighter top
You're the cutest little girl in the whole damn world
Don't ever stop
Don't ever stop
Cause I'm playing all guitars for you

You're my lighter top
You're my lighter top
You're the cutest little girl in the whole damn world
Don't ever stop
Don't ever stop
Cause you're my woman and my religion, too
Cause I'm fallin all in love with you
And even baby Jesus can come, too
Yeah, we'll paint him a nursery room

Discography

2007- "Good Morning" demo - produced by David Plowman - independent release

Currently working on an album...

Set List

(all original material)

The Bayers Road Shuffle
The Family Song
Get Outta Bed
I am a Man
It Just Goes To Show
My Lighter Top
The Mashed Potato Blues
My Freedom Lies In The West
Sevenths
Sing a Sad Sad Song
Steam
The Capitalist Jubiliance
The Midwife Crisis
Too Late (Not Yet)
Woman Woman Woman
The Sailor's Return
Good Morning