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I Got A Bonnet Trimmed With Blue
(Kenneth Peacock) (Chin Music)

Oh da diddle la diddle la diddle la
Da da diddle la da da da da
Da da da da diddle la diddle la
Da da diddle la da da da da.

Da da da da da diddle la
Da da diddle la diddle la da da
Diddle la diddle la da diddle diddle la
Diddle la diddle la da da.

Oh, I got a bonnet trimmed with blue
Which I like to wear and so I do,
Oh, I do wear it when I can,
Oh, when I go out with my man.

Da da da da da diddle la
Da da diddle la diddle la da da
Diddle la diddle la da diddle diddle la
Diddle la diddle la da da.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland chin music. ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1960 from Mrs Ellen Mary (Nellie) Musseau [1892-1973] of Mouse Island, Port-Aux-Basques, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.60-61, by the National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that 'chin' or 'mouth' music is a vocal imitation of instrumental music and is used for dancing when a fiddle or accordion is not handy. Some singers, like Mrs Musseau, become so proficient that they are often called upon even when instruments are available. Peacock added that the title verse of this song appears in Irish Country Songs by Herbert Hughes, who says the song was imported into Kerry from England in the nineteenth-century, and was a popular polka of the day.

Other examples of chin music collected by Kenneth Peacock can be found in the songs The Old Mayflower, Pork In The Cupboard, and Cuckoo's Nest, all of which were also sung by Mrs Musseau.


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