#03615
Mikey's Song (Chris Andrews/Mark Hiscock) video
#1381: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

When I was young I spent some
time with me Uncle Mike,
And I must have travelled a hundred miles
on the cross-bar of his bike;
As we'd rattle along the lane
Mikey'd start to sing
A song without a single word,
and as the cycle bell would ring:
He'd go:
Skiddeley itel doodle itel doodle itel da,
Skiddeley itel deetel doodle ditel doodle itel da,
Skiddeley itel doodle ditel deetel itel da,
Skiddeley itel deetel doodle da.

Sometimes when he felt lonely
he'd often say to me,
Turn down the wireless,
and I'll tell you how things used to be;
We had no television, we had no gramaphone,
But if we required some music
ya had to make your own.
Like this:
Skiddeley itel doodle ditel doodle itel da,
Skiddeley itel deetel doodle ditel doodle itel da,
Skiddeley itel doodle ditel deetel itel da,
Skiddeley itel deetel doodle da.

Well, after Mass on Sundays,
across the road we'd stand,
Along with all the other lads
in their Sunday suits so grand;
The girls would go parading,
such a pretty sight,
And one would ask him, "Mikey,
who are ya taking to the dance tonight?"
And he'd say.... You will do,
skiddeley itel doodle ditel da,
You will do,
skiddeley doodle ditel doodle itel da,
Skiddeley itel doodle ditel deetel itel da,
Skiddeley itel deetel doodle da.

When all the hay was gathered in
and safe from the winter's harm,
There'd be a celebration
in the kitchen at the farm;
He'd not get home till daylight,
sometimes in quite a state,
And his ma would ask him,
"Where ya been? Now Mikey, tell me straight."
He'd say, down by the
skiddeley itel doodle ditel da,
Skiddeley itel doodle ditel do, ha ha,
Skiddeley itel doodle ditel deetel itel da,
Skiddeley itel deetel doodle da.

When Uncle Mikey passed away,
I was a man meself,
He left me his cottage and an acre,
that's the sum of his worldly wealth;
He was loved by everyone
in the country and in town,
And we'd never seen a bigger crowd
as we laid old Mikey down.
We all sang,
bye bye the skiddeley itel doodle ditel da,
Bye bye skiddeley doodle ditel doodle itel da,
Bye bye the skiddeley itel doodle ditel da,
Bye bye skiddeley doodle ditel da.

Skiddeley itel doodle ditel doodle itel da,
Skiddeley itel deetel doodle ditel doodle itel da,
Skiddeley itel doodle ditel deetel itel da,
Skiddeley itel deetel doodle da.

Skiddeley itel doodle ditel doodle itel da,
Skiddeley itel deetel doodle ditel doodle itel da,
Skiddeley itel doodle ditel deetel itel da,
Skiddeley itel deetel doodle da.

####.... Frank Hennessy ....####
Originally recorded as Mickey's Song by Frank Hennessy of Cardiff, Wales (Thoughts & Memories, trk#7, 1987 LP, 1988 CD, and 2010 re-issue, Canolfan Sain, Caernarfon, Wales, UK.

This variant arranged and recorded by Chris Andrews and Mark Hiscock (Newfoundland, trk#7, 1996, Creature Music, Logy Bay, NL, produced and engineered by Dermot O'Reilly at Piperstock Productions, Torbay, NL).


See more songs by Mark Hiscock.

From Wikipedia:
Cross-Bar - top tube connecting the top of the head tube to the top of the seat tube on a bicycle frame.



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