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Cod Liver Oil (Fine Crowd) tabs, video
See also: Cod Liver Oil (Rankin Street - Pre-GBS)
And also: Cod-Liver Oil (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: Cod Liver Oil (Gordon Pinsent)
#661: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

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I'm a young married man and I'm tired of my life,
For lately I married an ailing old wife;
She does nothing all day home she does sigh,
And I wish to the Lord that I only could die.

O Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of me life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife comes a-drinking your cod liver oil.

Well, a friend of me own came to see me one day,
And he told me my wife was just pining away;
And he also told me that she would get strong,
If I buy her a bottle from dear Doctor John.

O Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of me life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife comes a-drinking your cod liver oil.

I bought her a bottle, 'twas just for a try,
And the way that she drank it you'd swear she was dry;
I bought her another, it went just the same,
And I know she's got cod liver oil on the brain.

O Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of me life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife comes a-drinking your cod liver oil.

My house it resembles a big doctor's shop,
With bottles and bottles from bottom to top;
And when in the morning the kettle do boil,
You would swear we were singing 'bout cod liver oil.

O Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of me life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife comes a-drinking your cod liver oil.

O Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm afraid of me life, I'll go down in the soil,
If me wife comes a-drinking your cod liver oil.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, Dr De Jongh's Cod Liver Oil, with no known publisher or date, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Firth b.34(89) ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by Fine Crowd (Poverty's Arse, trk#6, 1995, produced and engineered at Piperstock Productions, Torbay, NL, by Dermot O'Reilly).

See more songs by Fine Crowd.

A variant was taped as Cod-Liver Oil by Ryan's Fancy in the mid 1970s for the Ryan's Fancy television show in Change Islands, NL.

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also arranged and recorded as Cod Liver Oil by Rankin Street - Pre GBS (Rankin Street Tape - Live At The Blarneystone, 1991).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

A variant was also recorded as Cod Liver Oil by Gordon Pinsent (Roots, trk#4, 1968, Arc Sound Ltd, recorded by Bay Studios, Toronto, Ontario, with direction and musical arrangements by Richard Gael and Patrick II).

A variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.48-49, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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As arranged by Fine Crowd

(Capo 3rd fret)

Intro: [Am] [Em] [Am] [C] [G] [Am] [Em] [Am]

I'm a young married man and I'm tired of my life,
For [Em] lately I married an ailing old wife;
She does [Am] nothing all day home [C] she does [G] sigh,
And I [Am] wish to the Lord that I [Em] only could [Am] die.

Chorus:
O Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your [Em] cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm a- [Am] fraid of me life, I'll go [C] down in the [G] soil,
If me [Am] wife comes a-drinking your [Em] cod liver [Am] oil.

Well, a friend of me own came to see me one day,
And he [Em] told me my wife was just pining away;
And he [Am] also told me that [C] she would get [G] strong,
If I [Am] buy her a bottle from [Em] dear Doctor [Am] John.

Chorus:
O Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your [Em] cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm a- [Am] fraid of me life, I'll go [C] down in the [G] soil,
If me [Am] wife comes a-drinking your [Em] cod liver [Am] oil.

I bought her a bottle, 'twas just for a try,
And the [Em] way that she drank it, you'd swear she was dry;
I [Am] bought her another, it [C] went just the [G] same,
And I [Am] know she's got cod liver [Em] oil on the [Am] brain.

Chorus:
O Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your [Em] cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm a- [Am] fraid of me life, I'll go [C] down in the [G] soil,
If me [Am] wife comes a-drinking your [Em] cod liver [Am] oil.

My house it resembles a big doctor's shop,
With [Em] bottles and bottles from bottom to top;
And [Am] when in the morning the [C] kettle do [G] boil,
You would [Am] swear we were singing 'bout [Em] cod liver [Am] oil.

Chorus:
O Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your [Em] cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm a- [Am] fraid of me life, I'll go [C] down in the [G] soil,
If me [Am] wife comes a-drinking your [Em] cod liver [Am] oil.

[Am] [Em] [Am]

Chorus:
O Doctor, O Doctor, O dear Doctor John,
Your [Em] cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I'm a- [Am] fraid of me life, I'll go [C] down in the [G] soil,
If me [Am] wife comes a-drinking your [Em] cod liver [Am] oil.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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