MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Crocodile Song
Mike Molloy NFLD 2 Tape 17 Track 1
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

Come list' ye landsmen unto me to tell the truth I’m bound
What happened now I’m going to say and the wonders there l found
Our Ship ____________ at a berth ____________ shore
For sad l was to take a course the country to explore

Chorus:
To my tit-fol-derol foldol-de-dee; tit-fol-derol-whack
To my tit-fol-derol fol-dol-de-dee; to me tiddy fol-derol whack

I hadn't long been scouting ‘longside by the ocean
When somet'ing moved and first l thought it was the earth in motion
Steering up 'longside o' him l found it to be a crocodile
To the top of his nose to the top of his tail he measured nine thousand mile

Chorus:
To my tit-fol-derol foldol-de-dee; tit-fol-derol-whack
To my tit-fol-derol fol-dol-de-dee; to me tiddy fol-derol whack

This crocodile bein' __________________________
You'd have had to climb a very high tree 'fore you could see ________
He lifted up his jaws perhaps you thinks tis a lie
They ________ his nose would touch the sky

Chorus:
To my tit-fol-derol foldol-de-dee; tit-fol-derol-whack
To my tit-fol-derol fol-dol-de-dee; to me tiddy fol-derol whack

It blew a little breeze to the south'ard I slipped my hold and away l went
Right down in the crocodiles mouth
He _________ closed his jaw on me t'inking to nab the victim
But l slipped down his throat you see and that was how l tricked him

Chorus:
To my tit-fol-derol foldol-de-dee; tit-fol-derol-whack
To my tit-fol-derol fol-dol-de-dee; to me tiddy fol-derol whack

I traveled along for a month or two 'fore I got down his maw
Where I found not a few but a hundred Bullock and straw
It's then l banished all my care in grub l was not stinted (?)
I lived ten years in the crocodile’s maw and very well contented

Chorus:
To my tit-fol-derol foldol-de-dee; tit-fol-derol-whack
To my tit-fol-derol fol-dol-de-dee; to me tiddy fol-derol whack

This crocodile he growing old alas one day he died
He took two months for to get cold he was so long and wide
His skin was ten mile thick I’m sure or very near about
For it took me a full ten months to dig a hole for to get out

Chorus:
To my tit-fol-derol foldol-de-dee; tit-fol-derol-whack
To my tit-fol-derol fol-dol-de-dee; to me tiddy fol-derol whack

So now I’m on the earth once more no longer for to roam
On a ship that passed l got a berth and now I’m safe on shore
And if my story ye do doubt and ___________ travelled ________
He see the shell and the place he fell of that big crocodile

Chorus:
To my tit-fol-derol foldol-de-dee; tit-fol-derol-whack
To my tit-fol-derol fol-dol-de-dee; to me tiddy fol-derol whack


Notes


(Much of this song is missed in the transcription. Mr. Molloy has a very hard accent to understand. For example: words like mouth, south and doubt are pronounced "Mite" “Site" and “Dite". Also in a couple of places the tape has been blanked out)

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