#02632
Fit As A Fiddle (The Flummies)

Oh, I'm John Montague, work I want to do,
Right now I find life rough;
I'm fit as a fiddle but I'm caught in the middle,
'Cause the nurse stands firm and tough.

They say TB I've had and I should stay in bed,
But I don't feel that sick;
I'm fit as a fiddle but I'm caught in the middle,
For the nurse thinks it's a trick.

There's so much work out there, I can't stay in here,
Gotta get my woodpile higher;
I'm fit as a fiddle but I'm caught in the middle,
For the nurse fears I'll expire.

Weather's just getting good, I need to cut my wood,
The partridges are mighty thick;
I'm fit as a fiddle but I'm caught in the middle,
For the nurse thinks I'm still sick.

Well, she's right I fear, for I'm sick of here,
I really must be on my way;
I'm fit as a fiddle but I'm caught in the middle,
'Til the nurse says I'm okay.

####.... June Baikie [1941-?] of St John's and Northwest River, NL, balladeer and playwright, ©1991. All Rights Reserved ....####
Recorded by The Flummies (Way Back Then, trk#3, 2002, Kenamu Records, Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Labrador, engineered and mastered by Sim Savory and produced by The Flummies - All rights reserved).

Liner Note: This ballad is about a man in the 1930s in hospital in North West River with TB, and frustrated with all the outside work that must be done before winter sets in.


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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Partridge - Allen's willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus alleni); Welch's rock patarmigan (Lagopus mutus welchi); grouse. Provincial Arctic game bird found throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, primarily in barrens and high country, epitomizing the open wilderness.



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