#02200
Bill Wiseman (Kenneth Peacock)
(Kitchy-Coo)

Oh, Bill roved out in the morning,
Just at the break of day;
He said he was sure of his bait-tub of squid,
Up here in Hiscock Bay.
And saying tie diddle die, diddle die, diddle die,
And saying tie diddle die, diddle day,
Itchy kitchy coo, kitchy coo, it'll do,
Kitchy coo iddle diddle die day.

Bill rose up one morning,
He was so mighty large;
He went up to George Pippy's door,
Saying, "Patience, where is Garge?"
And saying tie diddle die, diddle die, diddle die,
And saying tie diddle die, diddle day,
Itchy kitchy coo, kitchy coo, it'll do,
Kitchy coo iddle diddle die day.

Patience she jumped out of bed,
She looked just like a hound;
'Twas up to the gate both she and Bill,
All in her morning gown.
And saying tie diddle die, diddle die, diddle die,
And saying tie diddle die, diddle day,
Itchy kitchy coo, kitchy coo, it'll do,
Kitchy coo iddle diddle die day.

Oh, George was comin' 'round the cliff,
When he met Tom coming in;
The very first words Tom said to George,
"You don't know what I've seen."
And saying tie diddle die, diddle die, diddle die,
And saying tie diddle die, diddle day,
Itchy kitchy coo, kitchy coo, it'll do,
Kitchy coo iddle diddle die day.

George he got so mighty vexed,
He didn't know what to take;
He went down on Bill Wiseman's room,
And tore down his sand-flake.
And saying tie diddle die, diddle die, diddle die,
And saying tie diddle die, diddle day,
Itchy kitchy coo, kitchy coo, it'll do,
Kitchy coo iddle diddle die day.

Tom and Ethel heard the crash,
And they went out for to see;
Tom hitched his toes in Ethel's nose,
And over the hill go he.
And saying tie diddle die, diddle die, diddle die,
And saying tie diddle die, diddle day,
Itchy kitchy coo, kitchy coo, it'll do,
Kitchy coo iddle diddle die day.

Liza she was sick one morn,
She had a sore throat;
She went out to feed the hens,
While Tom he milked the goat.
And saying tie diddle die, diddle die, diddle die,
And saying tie diddle die, diddle day,
Itchy kitchy coo, kitchy coo, it'll do,
Kitchy coo iddle diddle die day.

As Liza went up Rattle Hill,
The wind blew mighty high;
It blew away her Advocate,
Before Judge Pippy got nigh.
And saying tie diddle die, diddle die, diddle die,
And saying tie diddle die, diddle day,
Itchy kitchy coo, kitchy coo, it'll do,
Kitchy coo iddle diddle die day.

And now my song is ended,
I have no more to say;
It was all about Bill Wiseman,
Jiggin' for squids on Hiscock Bay.
And saying tie diddle die, diddle die, diddle die,
And saying tie diddle die, diddle day,
Itchy kitchy coo, kitchy coo, it'll do,
Kitchy coo iddle diddle die day.

####.... Author unknown. Original Newfoundland song ....####
This variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1951 from James Heaney [1886-1962] of Stock Cove, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.40-42, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Similar variants were also published by Gerald S Doyle in Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers, pp.14-15.


A variant was recorded as Kitchy-Coo by Omar Blondahl (Down To The Sea Again, trk#6, 1956, Rodeo International, Mount Albert, Ontario; and Sings Of Newfoundland, trk#5, 197?, Continental Records, Toronto, Ontario).

This song was also published in 1964 as Kitchy-Coo by Omar Blondahl in Newfoundlanders Sing!, pp.12-13.


See more songs by Omar Blondahl.

Kenneth Peacock added rather lengthy footnotes to this song about sexual symbolism and its use as a communication gimmick. He noted on a later recording that the man who sang it for him was somewhat embarrassed by the presence of women, a valuable clue to the involved symbolism of both the verses and the chorus. To an outsider unfamiliar with local sexual symbols it appears obscure, though perhaps mildly suggestive. Similar songs occur in our own popular music too.... Millions know the words but only a few know what's going on. In Newfoundland, everyone knows what's going on.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Flake - platform built on poles and spread with boughs for drying cod-fish on the foreshore.
Room - tract or parcel of land on the waterfront of a cove or harbour from which a fishery is conducted; stores, sheds, flakes, wharves and other facilities where the catch is landed and processed, and the crew housed.



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