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Kate's Big Shirt (Kenneth Peacock) MIDIs
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One Saturday night as you may suppose,
Right fall air-o, fall the diddle I-doh,
One Saturday night as you may suppose,
Old Kate stopped up to iron her clothes,
To me right whack fall the diddle day.

For fear that lonesome she may be,
Right fall air-o, fall the diddle I-doh,
For fear that lonesome she may be,
Old Tom stopped up for company,
To me right whack fall the diddle day.

Oh, off he strung both kind and true,
Right fall air-o, fall the diddle I-doh,
Oh, off he strung both kind and true,
"Kate, does that big shirt belong to you?"
To me right whack fall the diddle day.

"Oh, yes," says Kate both kind and free,
Right fall air-o, fall the diddle I-doh,
"Oh, yes," says Kate both kind and free,
Oh, that big shirt belongs to me."
To me right whack fall the diddle day.

They both stripped off in their bare skin,
Right fall air-o, fall the diddle I-doh,
They both stripped off in their bare skin,
And into the big shirt they got in,
To me right whack fall the diddle day.

So now they're in, they're in a fix,
Right fall air-o, fall the diddle I-doh,
So now they're in, they're in a fix,
For to get out it is a nix,
To me right whack fall the diddle day.

They hooked the big shirt by the sleeves,
Right fall air-o, fall the diddle I-doh,
They hooked the big shirt by the sleeves,
For to slack them out with a little bit of grease,
To me right whack fall the diddle day.

The old man jumped up in a hell of a fright,
Right fall air-o, fall the diddle I-doh,
The old man jumped up in a hell of a fright,
Bawled out to Kate for a candlelight,
To me right whack fall the diddle day.

When he got up to his surprise,
Right fall air-o, fall the diddle I-doh,
When he got up to his surprise,
There was Kate's fat legs to the top of his eyes,
To me right whack fall the diddle day.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from George William Decker [1878-1962] of Rocky Harbour, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.69-70, by the National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that Mr Decker learned this original Newfoundland ditty from someone who said it was composed in Fortune many years ago. It has the same tune as another native song A Great Big Sea Hove In Long Beach.


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