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Twiddles (Janie Meneely) video
#2353: YouTube video by Ryan Fresh ©2009
~ Used with permission ~

When the boats all get to sailing,
and the men are off and gone,
What about the women
who are up and left alone?
Do you think they sit and twiddle thumbs
until their men come home?
Oh, there's other things to twiddle
when a girl's left on her own.

Oh, it's twiddley ai dee ai dee o,
twiddley ai dee ay,
Well, it's lots of times a man
will leave you broken with dismay;
Oh, it's twiddley ai dee ai dee o,
twiddley ai dee ay,
There's others willin' to twiddle
when your man is gone away.

I remember Nelly,
she was young and she was gay,
She won the heart of Captain Dan,
but then he sailed away;
He left her high and dry
with just a kiss upon the chin,
But as his ship went sailing out
another ship sailed in.

And then there was Lucinda Brown,
as fair as any maid,
Her true love he went a voyaging,
a sailor man by trade;
"Keep the fire burning, love,"
those were the words he spoke,
So she found herself another man
to keep the fire stoked.

When Lucinda's man came back
and knocked upon her door,
She was as glad to see him
as she'd ever been before;
He left her sleeping in her bed,
but Lucy didn't care,
'Course the poor guy in the closet
sure could use a little air.

Oh, you hear a lot of stories
'bout the sailors and their sport,
About how every sailor has
a girl in every port;
But if you'd added two and two,
you'd figure out right quick,
That it's just because the lassies
have a lad on every ship.

Oh, it's twiddley ai dee ai dee o,
twiddley ai dee ay,
Well, it's lots of times a man
will leave you broken with dismay;
Oh, it's twiddley ai dee ai dee o,
twiddley ai dee ay,
There's others willin' to twiddle
when your man is gone away.

Oh, it's twiddley ai dee ai dee o,
twiddley ai dee ay,
Well, it's lots of times a man
will leave you broken with dismay;
Oh, it's twiddley ai dee ai dee o,
twiddley ai dee ay,
There's other Willie's willin' to twiddle
when your Willie's gone away.

####.... Janie Meneely from Maryland, USA ....####

Recorded by William Pint & Felicia Dale from Washington, USA (White Horses, trk#4, 2001 CD, Waterbug).

The video above features a live performance of a variant by The Seadogs at the 2008 Northern California Renaissance Faire. The ladies explain what they do when their sailors go to sea.


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