MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
TurtleDove
Thomas Williams NFLD 2 Tape 12 Track 3
St. Vincent's Audio:
Ballad

If you ever fall in love with a little turtledove
You got to linger all around her on her jaw.
You have to kiss her for her mother, her sister, and her brother
Till her daddy come and kick her from the door.

Chorus: (Spoken)
All the maidens, they do love it.
All the widows, they're above it
.

(Sung)
Every lady have her finger in the pie.

(Spoken)
But the women, they're so haughty.
They won't say a thing is naughty,


(sung)
But I’ll bet your life, they'll do it on the sly.

Oh, a girl seventeen, she will think 'tis rather mean
She haven't got a someone for a match
She will pucker up her mouth in a very pretty pout
And she'll fumble underneath a great moustache.

Chorus: (Sung completely)
All the maidens, they do love it
All the widows, they're above it
Every lady have her finger in the pie
But the women, they're so haughty
They won't say a thing is naughty
But I’ll bet your life, they'll do it on the sly.

(Spoken)
Oh she will make you shiver. She will make you jump a river
.

(Sung)
She will stick to you like granulated glue
If you happen for to tell her, you're some other girl's fellow
She will massacre your smeller if you do.

Chorus: (Sung completely)
All the maidens, they do love it
All the widows, they're above it
Every lady have her finger in the pie
But the women, they're so haughty
They won't say a thing is naughty
But I’ll bet your life they'll do it on the sly.


Notes


Text: Comical song poking fun at women who act innocent publicly to entice men, but are uninhibited in private.

Tune: The text form is verse chorus. The meter is 2/2. There is no clearly defined melody, as the singer often speaks lines. It is a major tune based around C#/D.

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