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Nice Advice (Father Edward Brophy) score

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I was just a young man
at the start of married life,
And I asked me aged father
how to treat me darlin' wife;
He said, never hit a woman,
me little darlin' man,
Now, don't ever hit a woman
with a hatchet in her hand.

Thank you very much
for the very nice advice,
I used it once or twice
when I was on thin ice.

Me father often told me
with a twinkle in his eye
He said don't ever, ever, ever,
ever, never tell a lie;
Me father said that tellin' lies
was really quite uncouth,
Don't ever tell a lie
if you can fool 'em with the truth.

Thank you very much
for the very nice advice,
I used it once or twice
when I was on thin ice.

Me father often told me
to never ever steal,
Don't ever take a penny, b'y,
no matter how it feels;
Don't ever rob a copper,
me little darlin' man,
Now, don't ever steal a cent,
unless 'tis over twenty grand.

Thank you very much
for the very nice advice,
I used it once or twice
when I was on thin ice.

I used to drink a drop of beer
when I was very young,
And it weakened up me knees a bit;
it loosened up me tongue;
Me father said that drinkin' beer
was really quite a sin,
Sure 'twas better to drink whiskey
or even rum or gin.

Thank you very much
for the very nice advice,
I used it once or twice
when I was on thin ice.

And now I got a lad of me own,
he's barely six years old,
And he's saucy as the crackie,
and he's always being bold;
I got so mad at him last week,
I took him across me knee,
I said, "You must be like your mother
'cause you're certainly not like me."

Thank you very much
for the very nice advice,
I used it once or twice
when I was on thin ice.

####.... Father Edward Brophy, Bay de Verde, NL, as sung by Greg Walsh of Logy Bay, NL, and Michael J (Mike) Walsh [1916-1999] of Fermeuse, NL ....####

This page contributed to GEST by the St John's Folk Arts Council.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Crackie - small, noisy mongrel dog; frequently in phrase 'saucy as a cracky,' applied to a person who usually has a saucy tongue or a person who will answer back.


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