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The Lie (Collected by MacEdward Leach)
See also: A Tale Of Jests (Kenneth Peacock)

When I was a little baby,
'bout a hundred years ago,
All the way to London
my features for to show;
And going over London Bridge
my head it did hang down,
It was over hills and over dales
and never reach the town.

Sing Fol-de-do-i-dee,
and sing fol-de-dol-i-doe.

The very first man I met was a giant,
and his head near reached the sky,
And looking down upon me
he bid me to pass by;
I challenged him to wrestle
and ne'er to flight to run,
I bet him out of all his tricks
and I killed him when I was done.

Sing Fol-de-do-i-dee,
and sing fol-de-dol-i-doe.

The people gathered 'round me
to see what I had done,
They gave me a little money,
somewhere 'bout fifty tons;
I built myself a little box
about eighteen acres square,
And to the top I filled it up
all with bright silver clear.

Sing Fol-de-do-i-dee,
and sing fol-de-dol-i-doe.

I bought myself a little dog
and a nice little dog was he,
Around the world in a half a day
my little dog brought me;
His legs they were nine lanyards long
and his paws they spread nine miles,
Around the world in a half a day
on my little dog I'd ride.

Sing Fol-de-do-i-dee,
and sing fol-de-dol-i-doe.

I bought myself a coal black hen
of her I took great care,
I sat her on a musselshell
and she brought forth a hare;
The hare brought forth as fine a colt
as ever your eyes did spy,
And if ever ye hears a funnier yarn
I'm sure ye hears a lie.

Sing Fol-de-do-i-dee,
and sing fol-de-dol-i-doe.

####.... Author unknown ....####

Variant of The Lie Song sung in 1950 by Mrs Bride Power [1896-1967] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Three variants were also collected by Kenneth Peacock and published as A Tale Of Jests in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, by the National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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