#00570
Cod-Liver Oil (Ryan's Fancy) MIDI, video
See also: Cod Liver Oil (Rankin Street-Pre-GBS)
And also: Cod Liver Oil (Fine Crowd)
And also: Cod Liver Oil (Gordon Pinsent)
#170: YouTube video by kelticknots ©2007
~ Used with permission ~

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I'm a young married man and I'm tired of my life,
For lately I've married an ailing old wife;
She does nothing all day but sit down and sigh,
See, I wish to the Lord that I only could die.

Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of me life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife keeps on drinking your cod liver oil.

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

Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of me life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife keeps on drinking your cod liver oil.

I bought her a bottle, 'twas just for a try,
And the way that she drank it, you'd swear she was dry;
I bought her another, it went just the same,
Till I know she's got cod liver oil on the brain.

Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of me life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife keeps on drinking your cod liver oil.

My house it resembles a big doctor's shop,
With bottles and bottles from bottom to top;
And when in the morning the kettle do boil,
You would swear it was singing 'bout cod liver oil.

Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of me life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife keeps on drinking your cod liver oil.

####.... Author unknown. 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 collected by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.48-49, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

The video above features a variant taped in the mid-1970s for the Ryan's Fancy television show in Change Islands, NL.


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

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).

See more songs by Fine Crowd.

Another variant was arranged and recorded as Cod Liver Oil by Rankin Street - Pre GBS (Rankin Street Tape - Live At The Blarneystone Pub, 1991).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

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).


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