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Dance Ti’ Thy Daddy Till The Boat Comes In

tynesideboatingclubDance Ti Thy Daddy is one of the most traditional Northumbrian/Geordie folk songs which celebrated the brave fishermen who trawled the North sea from Berwick-Upon Tweed down to the river Tyne and through to the river Wear.

The song was made popular throughout the UK, when it became the theme tune for a 1970’s television show called when the boat comes in.

Dance Ti’ Thy Daddy Come here, maw little Jacky, Now aw’ve smok’d mi backy, Let’s hev a bit o’ cracky, Till the boat comes in.

Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a fishy when the boat comes in.

Here’s thy mother humming, Like a canny woman; Yonder comes thy father, Drunk—he cannot stand.
Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a haddock when the boat comes in.

Our Tommy’s always fuddling, He’s so fond of ale, But he’s kind to me, I hope he’ll never fail.
Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
I’hou shall hev a bloater when the boat comes in.

I like a drop mysel’, When I can get it sly, And thou, my bonny bairn, Will lik’t as well as I.
Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a mackerel when the boat comes in.

May we get a drop, Oft as we stand in need; And weel may the keel row That brings the bairns their bread.
Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a salmon when the boat comes in.

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