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Cod Liver Oil (Rankin Street-Pre-GBS) MIDI
See also: Cod Liver Oil (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: Cod Liver Oil (Fine Crowd)
And also: Cod Liver Oil (Gordon Pinsent)
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I'm a young married man and I'm tired of life,
Ten years I've been married to a pale sickly wife;
She's nothing to do, only sit there and cry,
Praying and praying to God she would die.

Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of my life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil.

Well, a friend of my own came to see me one day,
And he told me my wife she was pining away;
He afterwards told me that she would get strong,
If I'd get a bottle from dear Doctor John.

Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of my life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil.

I bought her a bottle just for to try,
And the way that she drank it, you'd think she might die;
I bought her another, it vanished the same,
And then she got cod liver oil on the brain.

Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of my life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil.

I bought her another, she drank it no doubt,
And then she began to get terrible stout;
And when she got stout, well of course she got strong,
And I became jealous of dear Doctor John.

Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of my life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil.

Our house it resembles a great doctor's shop,
It's covered in bottles from bottom to top;
Well early the morning the kettle do boil,
You would swear it was singing of cod liver oil.

Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of my life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil.

####.... Author unknown, but often erroneously attributed to Johnny Burke [1851-1930] of St John's, NL. Variant of a British broadside ballad, Dr De Jongh's Cod Liver Oil, with no known publisher or date, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Firth b.34(89).... ####
This variant was arranged and recorded by Rankin Street (Pre-GBS tape - Live At The Blarneystone Pub in St John's, NL, trk#3, 1991, NRA Productions, Ltd).

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Lyrics in this Rankin Street variant are very similar to lyrics in a variant recorded as Cod Liver Oil Song by Dick Nolan (Be True Newfoundlanders, trk#1, 1968, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, recorded at Bay Studios, Toronto, under the direction of Ben Weatherby).

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A variant was taped before a live audience in the mid 1970s as Cod Liver Oil for the Ryan's Fancy television show in Change Islands, NL.

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A variant was also arranged and recorded as Cod Liver Oil by Fine Crowd (Poverty's Arse, trk#6, 1995, produced and engineered at Piperstock Productions, Torbay, NL, by Dermot O'Reilly).

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A variant was also recorded as Cod Liver Oil by Gordon Pinsent (Roots, trk#4, 1968, Arc Sound Ltd, Recorded by Bay Studios, Toronto, Ontario, with direction and musical arrangements by Richard Gael and Patrick II).

A variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock as Cod Liver Oil and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.48-49, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.



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