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Minnie Picken on the Shore

Minnie Picken on the shore, song / Eddie Butcher, lilting, singing in English

Minnie Picken on the shore, song / Eddie Butcher, lilting, singing in English

A-ring deedle lil de dum &c (introductory lilt)

Minnie Picken on the shore
Gathering winkles off Culmore
Turned around and give a roar:
– What the divil ails ye?

A-ring deedle lil de dum
Dithery dum de doodle um
Ring deedle lil de dum
Doodle lil de da dee, etc.

Jane McNeill’s in love with me
And I’m as happy as I can be
How would you like if you were me?
Fal de deedle di do

Sung to the first half of the tune:

Jane she’s neat and Jane she’s fat
She wears her hair beneath her hat
What do you think about that?

Ty reedle lil de dum, &c.

Db Item 115 Musictr
Db Item 115 Musictr

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Notes from Hugh Shields

A dance tune to which various loosely connected verses are sung round Ulster. The Scots “Katie Beardie” is apparently a congener, though the verse in JTR Ritchie’s The singing street (1964:56) is textually quite different. Culmore is near Derry City, in Donegal. Shields Index 270.