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Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo

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DAN DOO
GENTLE FAIR JENNY
RISSELTY-ROSSELTY
THE DAUGHTER OF PEGGY. O
THE WIFE WRAPT IN WETHER'S SKIN
WEE COOPER OF FIFE


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Bob Landry 04 Feb 98 - 02:23 PM
Bruce O. 04 Feb 98 - 02:48 PM
Dale Rose 04 Feb 98 - 06:34 PM
Dale Rose 04 Feb 98 - 06:39 PM
Dale Rose 04 Feb 98 - 07:19 PM
Susan of DT 07 Feb 98 - 10:33 AM
PattyG 07 Feb 98 - 11:45 PM
Murray 09 Feb 98 - 03:09 AM
GUEST,Shelley 11 Feb 07 - 11:52 PM
Jim Lad 12 Feb 07 - 02:41 AM
Scrump 12 Feb 07 - 07:10 AM
GUEST,leeneia 12 Feb 07 - 10:34 AM
GEST 12 Feb 07 - 02:30 PM
Goose Gander 12 Feb 07 - 03:19 PM
Goose Gander 13 Feb 07 - 12:24 AM
Scrump 13 Feb 07 - 05:26 AM
Banjo-Flower 13 Feb 07 - 11:35 AM
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Subject: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Bob Landry
Date: 04 Feb 98 - 01:37 PM

Here's a poser that I'm sure one of you amazing Mudcatters can solve.

Every once in a while, this musical phrase "Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo..." pops into my head. It comes from way back in time, probably the 1950's or 1960's when I was growing up (and that process ain't over yet) in Cape Breton.

Can anyone identify this tune and point me to the lyrics?

Many thanks, Bob


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Bruce O.
Date: 04 Feb 98 - 02:11 PM

Wee Cooper of Fife, look in DT, its probalby there.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Bob Landry
Date: 04 Feb 98 - 02:23 PM

Thanks, Bruce, what a guy! 34 minutes to get an answer. This forum is really amazing.

I've printed the words and from the notes on the bottom, what I probably heard was the Burl Ives version way back when.

Thanks again.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Bruce O.
Date: 04 Feb 98 - 02:48 PM

Burl Ives' version was the 1st I ever heard.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Dale Rose
Date: 04 Feb 98 - 06:34 PM

I do know the Burl Ives song~~in fact, I have it somewhere, but in my imperfect memory of the long ago and far away, there is also an image of a much older song from the 20s entitled (???) Nickety, Nackety, Now, Now, Now. This was a record in my great grandfather's collection that I loved to listen to about 50 years ago (he died in 1949)but I have not heard it since. It does not seem to me to have been the same song exactly. I do have a source who probably knows the song, singer, etc. I will check and report back in a couple of weeks, if I can find out anything.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Dale Rose
Date: 04 Feb 98 - 06:39 PM

I meant older recording, but not necessarily an older song.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RISSELTY ROSSITY
From: Dale Rose
Date: 04 Feb 98 - 07:19 PM

This doesn't seem like the one I remember, but it certainly is an old one. I got it from a page entitled Songs Of and About Elizabethan Times:
http://www.renfaire.com/Language/songs.html

I also found a shorter, but similar version at:
http://www.stairway.org/kidsongs/r007.htm


RISSELTY ROSSITY

He married his wife in the month of June.
    Risselty-rossilty, now now now.
He carried her off in a silver spoon.
    Risselty-rossilty, hey bom-bossety
    Nickety-nackety, retrical quality
    Willaby-wallaby, now now now.

She combs her hair but once a year.
With every pull she sheds a tear.

She sweeps the floor but once a year.
She says her broom is much too dear.

She churns the butter in father's old boot,
And for a dasher she uses her foot.

The butter turned out a grisly gray.
The cheese grew legs and ran away.

The cheese still sits upon the shelf.
It you want any more, you can sing it yourself.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Susan of DT
Date: 07 Feb 98 - 10:33 AM

See #277 for four versions of the Cooper of Fife, including nickety nockety and risselty rosselty (whatever spelling). A search for [noo, noo*} would have found the song and from that the Child number to search for other versions.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: PattyG
Date: 07 Feb 98 - 11:45 PM

(Bob Landry wrote) Every once in a while, this musical phrase "Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo..." pops into my head. It comes from way back in time, probably the 1950's or 1960's when I was growing up (and that process ain't over yet) in Cape Breton.

Can anyone identify this tune and point me to the lyrics?

////////////////The first thing that popped into *my* head was the song that the children were singing inside the schoolhouse as the black birds gathered outside in the movie, "THe Birds." This is probably a different thread.....but what the devil song were they singing? Now, I can't get that tune out of my head!! PattyG


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Murray
Date: 09 Feb 98 - 03:09 AM

The copy of "The Wee Cooper o' Fife" in the DT is mine, & of course I think it's the best version. Child's own notes will fill you in on the background. The odd chorus has been interpreted as follows: "Nickety nackety" is the noise made by the cooper making his barrels. Willie Wallachy & John Dougall are former flames of the wife, maybe coming to her aid; and Rushety must be a neighbour who comes in to referee and says let her alone, you bully; or else you'll rue, rue rue the day. Make sense? I'm a Fifer myself, so this is one of my own favourite songs.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,Shelley
Date: 11 Feb 07 - 11:52 PM

Interesting notes. My grandmother taught me a similar song that she learned from her aunt who raised her. In her version there was no mention of retribution against the wife for her rotten housekeeping.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Jim Lad
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 02:41 AM

The Cories did a fine version. The song is well known in Scotland but not too many people sing it because wife-beating is frowned upon these days.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHERE'S ME SHIRT
From: Scrump
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 07:10 AM

It reminded me of this song by Ken Dodd:

WHERE'S ME SHIRT ?

Well it all began in the year of one
When Adam was the first man
And a girl called Eve, so we believe
Was made to be his woman
She led him up the Garden of Eden, by a tree
Then she offered him her apple
And he cried out suddenly (eee-eeee-eeeee)

SPOKEN (Liverpool Accent):
Where's me shirt?
Where's me shirt?

I feel a proper twazzer without me shirt
I've got me tickling-tackle and me nicky-nocky-noo
But I must confess I feel undressed
Like this, in front of you

SPOKEN (Liverpool Accent):
Where's me shirt?
I can't find me shirt anywhere. It's twenty-five past five
in the Garden of Eden and I can't find me shirt. Fancy
leaving me in a garden with no shirt on, like this. Look
at all these creepy-crawly things here. Ooh, look, there's
a serpent. Go 'way. Go 'way you nasty old serpent. Go on,
shoo! Go on, shoo!

Since the days of old, we've all been told
Of men like Bonaperte
His great retreat and his first defeat
Was the thing that broke his heart
He stuck just outside Moscow and then made history
He stuck his hand inside his coat
And cried out bitterly (eee-eeee-eeeee)

SPOKEN (Liverpool Accent):
Where's me shirt?
Where's me shirt?

I can't go on like zis, wizout my shirt
I've had my tickle-tonic on my nicky-nocky-nee
But I just can't go through all this snow
Without a shirt on me

SPOKEN (Liverpool Accent):
Where's me shirt?
Oh, sacre blue. Sacre flippin' blue, where's me shirt? By
Jove, t'ain't 'alf frosty. Ooh, ooh, this tent isn't 'alf
drafty. I don't know where the draft's comin' from, but I
know where it's goin' to.

Back in eighty-one, in the mid-day sun
In Tombstone, one September
Wyatt Earp was due to go into
A gunfight he'd remember
The Clanton's and McLourys started firin' suddenly
As the gunsmoke cleared and the twonsfolk cheered
Wyatt Earp said quietly (eee-eeee-eeeee)

SPOKEN (Liverpool Accent):
Where's me shirt?
Where's me shirt?

I feel a proper twit without me shirt
I've lost me ticklin'-tackle and me nicky-nocky-nee
But I feel a twerp, me Wyatt Earp
With my shirt shot off o' me

SPOKEN (Liverpool Accent):
Ere, where's me shirt?
Where's me gunfightin' shirt? Ooh, I say, here comes the
Indians. 'Ere, you be careful where you're shootin' those
arrows. Where's me shirt? Where's me shir... I can't find
me shirt anywhere. D'you know, I'm sure I had it when I
came out. Where's me shirt?

Note he uses the phrase "nicky-nocky-noo". Could there be a connection between this and the Wee Cooper of Fife?


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 10:34 AM

Thanks for posting, Scrump. I enjoyed that.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GEST
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 02:30 PM

Here's the way I learned it from a recording made in 1941 by my own dearly departed father in one of those "Sing It Yourself" recording booths at Coney Island. :)

I married my wife in the month of June,
Nickety, nackety, now, now, now;
I courted her home by the light of the moon,
Nickety, nackety, now, now, now.

She combs her hair just once a year,
Nickety, nackety, now, now, now;
But just the same I love the dear,
Nickety, nackety, everything's frolicky,
Nickety, nackety, now, now, now.

She washes the kids in the kitchen sink,
Nickety, nackety, now, now, now;
She makes the black ones all turn pink,
Nickety, nackety, willopy, wallopy,
Nickety, nackety, now, now, now.

The bridle and saddle lie on the shelf,
Nickety, nackety, now, now, now;
If you want any more you can sing it yourself,
Nickety, nackety, everything's frolicky,
Nickety, nackety, willopy, wallopy,
Nickety, nackety, now, now, now.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I MARRIED ME A WIFE
From: Goose Gander
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 03:19 PM

Here's I Married Me A Wife sung by Bill Jackson in Arvin, California in 1941.


I MARRIED ME A WIFE

I married me a wife in the month of June.
    Risselty rasselty
    Hey John Dabbity
    Q-U-Ality
    Risk-ko-kality
    Risselty rasselty
    Now now now
Married me a wife in the month of June.
I carried her home by the light of the moon.
    That's risselty rasselty
    Now now now.

Married me a wife in the month of May.
I carried her home on a lead of hay.

Combed her hair Just once a year,
And called her comb her dearest dear.

Swept the floor just once a year,
And called her broom her dearest dear.

When she churned, she churned in a boot,
And for a dash she used her foot.

Butter come out all griddely gray.
It took legs and walked away.


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Subject: Lyr Add: NIGGL'JY NAGGL'JY
From: Goose Gander
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 12:24 AM

NIGGL'JY NAGGL'JY

I bought my wife three milking cows
Niggl'jy naggl'jy now, now, now
And she milked them 'til they all went dry
Niggl'jy naggl'jy bengy bo riggl'jy
Ruffl'jy, ruffl'jy now, now, now.

She milked her milk in the old slop pail
Niggl'jy, etc.
She strained her milk through the child's old clout
Niggl'jy, etc.

She churned her milk in . . . .
Niggl'jy, etc.
She took up her butter with the old pot hooks
Niggl'jy, etc.

She had two eyes like two rotten pears
Niggl'jy, etc.
And she had two teeth like two wiry pins
Niggl'jy, etc.

From the singing of Janie Barnard Couch, who said "I think this has an Irish background also."

Source:
Byron Arnold, Folksongs of Alabama (University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1950), p. 36


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Scrump
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 05:26 AM

Referring to Doddy ("Where's Me Shirt?", see above), I remember he used to have a sort of rhyme that went something like this:

Nicky, nocky, nick, nock
Nicky, nocky, noo
Nicky, nocky, nick, nock
Nank you!

(I think that was how it went - does anyone remember it who could confirm?)

Sounds suspiciously as though it may have been derived from the Wee Cooper of Fife.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 11:35 AM

nik nikki nik nak
nikki nakki noo
nik nikki nik nak
nak noo

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Goose Gander
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 12:23 PM

THERE'S A PIECE OF BREAD A-LAYING ON A SHELF

There's old song books a-laying on the shelf.
Nickety nackety, now, now, now
If you want any more you can sing it yourself
Nickety nackety, age of laffety
Whillecky whollecky Rusco quality
Nickety nackety, now, now, now

There's a piece of bread a-laying on the shelf.
Nickety, etc.
If you want any more you can sing it yourself.
Nickety, etc.
From the singing of Julie Hefley, Mt. Judea, Arkansas (June 1985).

Source:
Lucille Burdine, William B. McCarthey, "Sister Singers," Western Folklore Vol. 49, No. 4 (October 1990), p. 410

Notes:
"This relic of Child 277 seems to be a composite, drawing on several strands of tradition. We have not encountered the ballad with this particular combination of elements in any collection . . . . It may, in fact, be an example of the sort of 'degeneration' of a narrative folk song under play party conditions which B. A. Botkin discusses in his The American Play Party."


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,Maine
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 01:18 AM

This song was dung in the classroom scene in "The Birds"


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Scrump
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 10:38 AM

GUEST,Maine, is that a polite way of saying it was sh*t? :-)


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 10:57 PM

It's Burl Ives Puss and Boots and other children's songs from late 50's or so on vinyl. Nickety Nickety Noo Noo Noo, Nickety Nickety Noo Noo Noo. Be kind in what everything you do Nickety Nickety Noo...


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 10:59 PM

Be kind in whatever you think do and say... nickety nickety noo!


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 11:03 PM

http://www.taofpaul.com/

Contact me if you find the specific album. I'd love to buy it for my grandbaby!


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,D Staas
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 12:14 PM

Another verse


She made me a pie and she called it mince

Nickety nackety now now now

I ate it and ain't seen a well day since

Nickety Nackety now now now


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,Shropshire Kim
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 03:47 PM

I was taught this version:
"There was an old prophecy found in a bog
Nicketty nacketty noo noo noo
We should be ruled by an ass and a dog
Hey willy wollocky hoo John Dougal Malone quo rushetty roo roo roo


And now that prophecy has come to pass
Nicketty nacketty noo noo noo
"Name" is the dog and "name" is the ass
Hey willy wollocky hoo John Dougal Malone quo rushetty roo roo roo

There were more verses and I can't remember the two names involved. I think it came from a Cecil Sharp school song book.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,Shropshire Kim
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 03:51 PM

After a quick google it seems I've been singing Lilibulero without knowing it.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 04:03 PM

crossed with the "wee cooper" - my children will be so confused but this is what they've heard me singing for 20 years!


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,Johny UK
Date: 13 Jun 08 - 04:21 AM

I went to the king and I taught him to sing, and I taught him to sing this song, nikky nakki noo

nik, nik, nikkity,
nik, nak, noo,
nikkity, nakkity, noo

nik, nik, nikkity,
nik, nak, noo,
nikkity, nakkity, noo


Ken Dood song from one of his Diddy Men albums


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 13 Jun 08 - 01:38 PM

"The Wee Cooper of Fife" was a song I heard a lot during the late 1950's and early '60's on the coffee house circuit. Does it not appear in the large Alan Lomax volume, "Folk Songs of North America" from that era?


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 13 Jun 08 - 02:13 PM

I think somebody, possibly the late Bruce O, has already suggested that there are 2 separate but similar ballads being discussed here (apart from Doddy's song). They have become crossed and have swapped choruses and tunes presumably due to their similarity of subject.

The Wee Cooper of Fife (text) is a variant of Child 277, Roud 117, The Wife Wrapt in Wetherskin, characterised by the unruly wife being beaten under the guise of the husband beating his own sheepskin.

All of the above songs are variants of Robin-A-Thrush, Roud 2792 which can be traced back to early 19thc broadsides, The Slattern Wife, The Tidy Hussey. The theme here is a description of a slovenly housewife and her attempts to milk and make cheese.

I think I wrote an article on the evolution of the latter which can be found on the Mustrad website as one of the Dungheap articles.


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 13 Jun 08 - 06:38 PM

Even better the notes on 'Willy went to Westerdale' on the Yorkshire Garland website.

www.yorkshirefolksong.net


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: open mike
Date: 14 Jun 08 - 01:36 AM

Glad to see this come to the top again...there is
another thread where we have discussed Nickety nackety now now now. this where I
mentioned the "answer" song to this one where each
verse seems to be a put-down of the woman.
In "Equinoxial" And Phoebe the woman can plow more
land in a day that "he" can do in two...


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Subject: RE: Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 14 Jun 08 - 04:22 AM

Yes, I should think 'The Tidy Cow' is at least as old as 'The Wife Wrapt' and that's very old! Not so sure about 'The Tidy Hussey'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,MapleLeaf
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 09:15 PM

I was born and raised in England, and We sang this in school during World War II. Can't remember much of it but part went as follows::

- - - - - - - - - - - - -?,
Nickity Nackaty Noo Noo Noo,
- - - - - - - - - - - - -?,
Hey Willy Wollacky, Ho John Dougall,
Nickity Nackaty Noo Noo Noo

Way before Burl Ives!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 09:28 PM

Whats with this knikerty knakerty stuff?
Got a tune from bedknobs and broom sticks stuck in my head now.
lol


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: kendall
Date: 22 Feb 09 - 09:21 AM

she weighed 345 pounds nick....
she sat in the chair and broke it all down etc.

my friend, Smokey Greene sings this one and he has recorded it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Mr Happy
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 08:05 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ9roiC1FHU


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,CSA
Date: 05 Mar 09 - 08:13 PM

Hi. I'd like to know if any one knows the ancient history on this. I just read about Robert the Bruce and I'm wondering if Willicky Wallacky could be William Wallace and Lame John Dougal was certainly and historic figure. What's anyone think (or know)?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: bubblyrat
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 06:13 AM

I bet Spike Milligan would have known !

         Nick E Nackinou


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 07:56 AM

'CSA':

For 'historical' background, follow up Steve Gardham's comments earlier in this discussion, and see Child's notes as already recommended. None of the songs mentioned here are about real historical events, except for the verses quoted by 'Shropshire Kim' which, though a bit similar in the 'nonsense' phrases, come from an otherwise completely unrelated song.

As for any connection with William Wallace (!): not a chance.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,gerard
Date: 14 May 09 - 08:24 PM

Sorry Malcolm but you are wrong. My wee music teacher at Sacred Heart Cumbernauld told us that Willie Wallace and Lame John Dougal are precisely the men in the song. 'John Dougal a' lain' translates to John Dougal the lame. Famous brave men of Scottish history who would have brooched no nonsense from their wives. The wee Cooper therefore is no man if he allows his wife to behave in such a fashion and sullies the memory of strong Scottish men


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Joe_F
Date: 14 May 09 - 09:21 PM

The University of St. Andrews Students' Union Song Book (1958) also has the following:

There once was a student at college in Fife,
    Nickety nackety noo noo noo,
That lived a very exemplary life,
    Hey Willie Wallacky, ho John Dougal, the Keys and the Central and whisky-o.

He wadna smoke and he wadna drink,
And on bonnie bejantines never did think.

He went doon at last wi' an honours degree,
That's something that few of us ever will see.

But he's deid noo and buried despite a' his merit,
Whit use is a chiel wha's lacking in spirit?

St Andrews is, of course, in Fife. The (Cross) Keys & the Central were pubs. A bejantine is a female first-year student.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: glueman
Date: 15 May 09 - 03:45 AM

My father used to sing Nickety Nackety Noo songs to me as an infant. The verses seemed to go on forever. I posted a Lyr Req last year but got the title wrong.
Glad I found this. Just need to find the one that goes: our old tomcat died last night, the wife said bury it out of sight...to get my favourite cradle songs. Probably a music hall number.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 15 May 09 - 11:22 AM

Here is the Burl Ives version. I seem to remember seeing another in one of the Lomax collections. Does anyone else recall that?

There was a wee cooper what lived in Fife
(Chorus 1: Knickety, knackety, noo noo noo)
And he had gotten a gentle wife
(Chorus 2: Hey willy-wallacky, how John Dougal, a lane quo rooshety roo roo roo).

She wouldna bake, nor she wouldna brew
(Chorus 1)
For the spoilin' o' her comely hue
(Chorus 2)

She wouldna wash, nor she wouldna wring
(Chorus 1)
For the spoilin' o' her gowden ring
(Chorus 2)

She wouldna card, nor she wouldna spin
(Chorus 1)
For the shamin' o' her gentle kin
(Chorus 2)

So the wee cooper went to his woodpack
(Chorus 1)
And laid a sheepskin on his wife's back
(Chorus 2)

'Now, I wouldna thrash ye for your gentle kin,
(Chorus 1)
But I would thrash me ain sheepskin.'
(Chorus 2)

'Oh, I will bake and I will brew,
(Chorus 1)
And nae mair think o' my comely hue!
(Chorus 2)

'And I will wash and I will wring,
(Chorus 1)
And nae mair think o' my gowden ring!
(Chorus 2)

'And I will card and I will spin
(Chorus 1)
And nae mair think o' my gentle kin!'
(Chorus 2)

So ye what has gotten a gentle wife,
(Chorus 1)
Just ye send for the wee cooper o' Fife!
(Chorus 2, slowing down at the end)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Mr Happy
Date: 15 May 09 - 11:30 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt2ZKLlbVTE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Paul Burke
Date: 15 May 09 - 03:40 PM

A truly horrible song! Snobbery does NOT excuse wifebeating.

As I remember it, it ran

She widna sew, she widna spin
Nickety nackety noo noo noo
But talk aboot her genital skin
Hey Willie Wallachy, ho John Dougal,
Alan Corashity roo roo roo

Or something.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Leadfingers
Date: 16 May 09 - 09:49 AM

IF any one is interested , Wee Cooper of Fife is a Forty Bar Jig !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Susan of DT
Date: 16 May 09 - 10:11 AM

Glueman - look at Body in the Bag in the DT


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Janet Elizabeth
Date: 01 Dec 09 - 09:19 AM

Lots of interesting stuff here, thanks you all :-)
I sag it at school and I want to sing it this year for my Scottish country dancing cronies at their Christmas ceilidh (Scottish style). They all know the tune and the dance - see http://my.strathspey.org/dd/dance/6995/ - but they don't know the song. It'll educate them as well as make them laugh.
What makes it an interesting dance is the ten thingies (bars?) to a formation instead of the usual eight.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: beeliner
Date: 01 Dec 09 - 11:45 AM

This is the song that the children are singing in The Birds as Melanie (Tippi Hedren) waits in the schoolyard. VERY spooky in that context!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Richie
Date: 20 May 13 - 12:29 PM

Hi,

What is an approximate date for "The Tidy Hussey"? 1817? What would be an appropriate tile for an appendix to Child 277?

1) Slattern Wife (couldn't find broadside)
2) Tidy Hussey

Steve couldn't find your article online- is there a link?

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 20 May 13 - 02:36 PM

Richie,
Sorry to mislead you. I thought I'd done a Dungbeetle article on it on Mustrad but it appears it was one of those I didn't get round to finishing. I'll check out my notes and post any results on your thread.

Whilst flicking through this thread I found at least one example which has for its text 'The Slattern Wife' as opposed to 277. The big problem is where you only have a single verse and chorus, it could be either song. The chorus and probably the tune seem to be shared particularly in America but also see aforementioned 'Willie went to Westerdale' on the YG site which is definitely not a 277. My Master Title for The Slattern Wife, purely based on frequency of use in Britain is 'Robin-A-Thrush' (all one hyphenated word) Roud number 2792. As I said somewhere on your thread I think I have ancestry going back to the 17thc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,sciencegeek
Date: 21 May 13 - 11:10 AM

LOL... I'm an American who did not learn the Wee Cooper o Fife from Burl Ives... I learned it from Alex Campbell's The Best Loved Songs of Bonny Scotland back in 1966. Mom got that album and A L Lloyd & Ewan MacColl's Row Bullys Row from good old Publishers Clearing House when I was in grade school. When we couldn't get additional copies, I confiscated them for myself when I went off to college. sorry, mom.


It did take my some time to figure out all the words through Alex's thick brogue. I'm still trying to figure out all of "Twa Heids are better than Yen", another fine bothy song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: May Queen
Date: 21 May 13 - 05:50 PM

Rather disgracefully The Wee Cooper O'Fife appears in a singing book I used at school (Singing Together - Autumn 1978) with a disturbing picture of said Cooper beating his wife with a belt...quite how they thought that was appropriate for 7 year olds I have no idea.

This is a horrible song and I wonder why Janet (several posts above)thought it would make her 'cronies' laugh?

I realise the original song was written in a day when this behaviour was accepted but do we really need to keep singing it today?


Just as a aside, in The Bury new Loom I believe the chaps 'pickers' went "Nickety Nack"...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 21 May 13 - 06:22 PM

The JOKE goes back to the 16th century. It is and was then a piece of fiction, okay so it's a black joke, but if we keep on sanitising like this there'll be no humour left in the world at all! It is not suggesting you should go out and beat your wife, nor is it condoning it. It is a piece of fiction, a joke.
Does this mean we have to cut out all the cuckolding jokes as well? You girls had better stop singing 'O dear O'. It's not fair to men!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: May Queen
Date: 22 May 13 - 04:57 AM

Well well that did make you cross didnt it Steve?!

Ok my response....

"keep on sanitising like this" I was only suggesting the subject of THIS song should be taboo.I am not aware I have promoted the sanitising of other songs elsewhere and I am in fact a fan of cuckolding songs. Had this song ended with the wife cuckolding her vile husband I would have liked it much better :-)

My other point about it being sung in schools (and particularly the illustration mentioned) is also valid. Imagine you are a child who's mother is being beaten at home and you see and read the message in this song...

I am, in fact, opposed to the overly PC generation we live in and feel that much satirical and black humour is lost because of modern attitudes. I do however not see the satire or black humour of this song and feel that certain subjects should not be trivialised.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,sciencegeek
Date: 22 May 13 - 09:31 AM

good grief... to take a line from the Peanuts comic strip

the song most encountered in my school books for "folk song" was Frankie & Johnnie... how's that for confusing and not a great tune either for kids- imho

and if you go through the verses... he DID NOT actually hit his wife, which is part of the joke...

1. the wife is what we would now refer to as "high maintainence" - not much of a domestic partner in any case

2. he uses the sheepskin as a ploy to threaten her into cooperation

3. the ploy works

the tradition is filled with songs about dark subjects, and if I were teaching kids the "Wee Cooper of Fife" I would see this as an great opportunity to broach the subject of conflict resolution - without violence... though my sad experience has been that there are too few who use the opportunity when it arises.

As I kid I bristled a bit at the thrashing line - but I also felt that the wife was far from being a nice person herself.

also, make no mistake about it... wife beating is a whole different kettle of fish, just like rape has less to do with lust, this is more to do domination and aggression mixed with other negative traits.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 22 May 13 - 04:24 PM

'2. he uses the sheepskin as a ploy to threaten her into cooperation'
In the Child versions it doesn't specify whether he actually puts it into action or not, but in many of the later versions from oral tradition he goes whickety whack on her back (i.e., the sheepskin). In some even later versions the animal skin motif is dropped altogether.

The song is an item from our past, our heritage, and as much as we nowadays abhor the content, it is a dangerous thing to deny the past, even for 7-year-olds. How early should we start teaching the Holocaust for instance? The song could certainly be used as a starting point for the discussion of our violent/mysogenist past, or present even!

As the thread is about 'The Wee Cooper of Fife' I think children would just accept it for what it is as most of us did when we sang it, a jolly little song. I think even a 7-year-old can understand it is an old song and a piece of fiction. If we were to slim down the school repertoire of all references to violence etc. we would end up with a repertoire of those incipid 18th century pastoral pieces and bore them to death.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 22 May 13 - 05:52 PM

At Edinburgh Uni I had briefly a boyfriend from Kirkcaldy . Apart from being largely unintelligible due to his thick Fife accent and far too much beer, he sang this Cooper From Fife song at me, and even in those days I thought it was sexist and male-chauvinist. I told him to piss off.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 23 May 13 - 08:11 AM

Would you have done the same, Eliza, had he sung 'Chevy Chase' (A shortened version I hasten to add), or the rest of the Child ballads that deal with mostly murder, incest and similar bouts of mysogenism?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nickety, nackety, noo, noo, noo
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 23 May 13 - 04:03 PM

Well, he seemed such a stroppy individual, even if he'd sung the Lord's Prayer it would have come across as a rallying cry for the Scottish Nationalists. He hated the English, women, Catholics, Watney's beer (I agree on that one!) Celtic FC, in fact he hated almost everything! He's now a much-revered Professor at a Scottish Uni, so I hope he's toned himself down a bit. By the way, one of his friends (he did have a few) was Gordon Brown! I found him to be rather a vague drip.


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