The territorial feud between Pa McBeam and Pa McDaniels over the location of a still has been going on for years and recently has been escalating in intensity and violence. The animosity between the families is restated in Damn to all Tarnation as Pa McDaniels surveys the damage doneĀ  to his still by Pa McBeam in the previous number.

Lyrics

This archival recording of the Quartet: Damn to all tarnationĀ  from Act I of Luke & Sarah features James Domine conducting the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. In the opera the quartet is sung by Pa McDaniels, the evil twins Asa and Ira and Luke.