#00915
Dance Ti Thy Daddy (Alex Glasgow) MIDIs, videos
(When The Boat Comes In)
#929: YouTube video by bigmanio ©2008
~ Used with permission ~

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Come here, maw little Jacky,
Now aw've smok'd mi backy,
Let's hev a bit o' cracky,
Till the boat comes in.

Dance ti thy daddy, sing ti thy mammy,
Dance ti thy daddy, ti thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a fishy when the boat comes in.

Here's thy mother humming,
Like a canny woman;
Yonder comes thy father,
Drunk - he cannot stand.

Dance ti thy daddy, sing ti thy mammy,
Dance ti thy daddy, ti thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a haddock when the boat comes in.

Our Tommy's always fuddling,
He's so fond of thy ale,
But he's kind to me,
I hope he'll never fail.

Dance ti thy daddy, sing ti thy mammy,
Dance ti thy daddy, ti thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a bloater when the boat comes in.

I like a drop mesel',
When I can get it sly,
And thou, my bonny bairn,
Will lik't as well as I.

Dance ti thy daddy, sing ti thy mammy,
Dance ti thy daddy, ti thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a mackerel when the boat comes in.

May we get a drop,
Oft as we stand in need;
And weel may the keel row
That brings the bairns their bread.

Dance ti thy daddy, sing ti thy mammy,
Dance ti thy daddy, ti thy mammy sing;

Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a fishy when the boat comes in.

Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a fishy when the boat comes in.
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a haddock when the boat comes in.
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a bloater when the boat comes in.
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a mackerel when the boat comes in.
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a salmon.... when the boat comes in.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional 19th-century lullaby, Dance To Your Daddy, from Songs Of Northern England by John Stokoe (1893) ....####
Note: This variant was the theme tune adapted by David Fanshawe for When The Boat Comes In, a British television drama produced by the BBC between 1976 and 1981. The series starred James Bolam as Jack Ford, a First World War survivor who returns to his poverty stricken home town in the northeast of England during the 1920s.

From the Traditional & Folk Music Encyclopedic Dictionary:
Bairn - (Scot) child.

From the Princeton University WordNet:
Bloater - large fatty herring lightly salted and briefly smoked.

The video below features an excellent 12-string guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.


#1168: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2010
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