#02549
Itches In My Britches (E Freeman Dixey) videos
(I Wish They'd Do It Now)
#816: YouTube video by Kinravip
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

I was born of Geordie parents,
one day when I was young,
That's how the Geordie dialect
became me native tongue;
Oh I was a pretty baby,
me mother she'd allow,
The girls all ran to kiss me,
oh I wish they'd do it now.

Oh I wish they'd do it now,
oh I wish they'd do it now,
I've got itches in me britches
and I wish they'd do it now.

When I was only six months old
the girls would handle me,
They'd hug me to their bosoms
and they'd dance me on their knee;
They'd take me to their bosoms,
and when I made a row,
They'd take me in to sleep with them,
I wish they'd do that now.

Oh I wish they'd do it now,
oh I wish they'd do it now,
I've got itches in me britches
and I wish they'd do it now.

At sixteen years as fine a lad
as you have ever seen,
They'd take me down to the ground
and play on the village green;
They would roll me in the clover
when I'd take a bow,
I wish they'd roll me over,
oh I wish they'd do it now.

Oh I wish they'd do it now,
oh I wish they'd do it now,
I've got itches in me britches
and I wish they'd do it now.

Oh the Eastern girls would call
for me to swim when it was mild,
They'd take me to the river
and we'd splash about awhile;
They'd throw the water over me
and treat me like a yow,
They'd rub me nice all over,
oh I wish they'd do it now.

Oh I wish they'd do it now,
oh I wish they'd do it now,
I've got itches in me britches
and I wish they'd do it now.

It's awfully lonely for a lad
to lead a single life,
I think I'll go to the fair today
and find meself a wife;
Me portion is six brindle pigs,
likewise one big fat sow.
There'll be plenty love and bacon
for the girl who'll have me now.

Oh I wish they'd do it now,
oh I wish they'd do it now,
I've got itches in me britches
and I wish they'd do it now.

####.... Variant of a 19th-century historic American song for piano Why Don't They Do So Now? composed by E Freeman Dixey [1833-1904] of Carncross & Dixey's Minstrels, arranged by J H Ross, and archived in the Library of Congress Digital Collection, Historical American Sheet Music: 1850-1920, Call Number: Music B-2085 ....####
Excerpted from Monarchs Of Minstrelsy From "Daddy" Rice To Date by E Le Roy Rice:
The name E Freeman Dixey was a household word in Philadelphia where practically his whole professional career and the major portion of his life was spent. He was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts and died in Philadelphia. His first engagement was in Boston at the age of eighteen. He went on to Cartee's Lyceum in Philadelphia with the Julien Serenaders in 1854.
In 1855, Sanford's Opera House was opened by Sam Sanford where Dixey was a member of the company until 1862 when Sanford withdrew his management and John L Carncross [1834-1911] and Freeman Dixey [1833-1904] took over the opera house, opening it under the name of Carncross & Dixey's Minstrels.
The firm of Carncross & Dixey continued until 1871 when Carncross retired. Several months later, with financial help from Robert Simpson, Dixey and Frank Moran opened the house as Moran & Dixey's Minstrels. A month after the second season opened in 1872, Dixey r etired from the firm but the following year, in 1873, Carncross & Dixey's Minstrels was again installed. They continued until 1878 when Dixey retired to private life.
Dixey was recognized as one of minstrelsy's greatest bone players, and in his earlier days excelled in the portrayal of wench characters. He was a student of the negro, as well as a student in private life; a gifted, intellectual, cultured gentleman was Edward Freeman Dixey.

The video above features a performance by the singing gravedigger Phillip Hole as part of the Pub Sing at the New York Renaissance Faire on 12 August 2007.

A variant was recorded by Dave Anthony (31B Victoria, trk#3, 2001, Independent, produced by Dave Anthony, Stittsville, Ontario).

From Princeton University Word Net:
Geordie - native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England; the nonstandard dialect of natives of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

From Dictionary.com:
Yow - Exclamation or shout of pain, dismay, etc.

The video below features a guitar performance by Tony Archibald of Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.


#1760: YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~


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