"I asked a sweet robin one evening in May" what he sang about. "I am only a-singing the cold water song. Teetotal's the very first word of my lay ... All the birds to the cold water army belong"
Cold Water Song Partial text(s) *** A *** From Helen Creighton, Folksongs from Southern New Brunswick, #78, pp. 166-168. Collected from Scott Stuart, St. Andrews, N.B. I asked a sweet robin one evening in May That sang in the apple trees over the way What he was a-singing so sweetly about, I tried a long time but I could not find out. "Don't you know," she replied, "that you cannot guess wrong? I am only a-singing the cold water song." (2 additional stanzas)
Creighton-SNewBrunswick states that this song has been collected twice in the Maritimes as a lullaby, which is an interesting end for an anti-alcohol song. Creighton thinks it comes from Britain. - BS