Dance to your Daddy
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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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This song also appears with slight variation in the name. It was a broadside printed in the Newcastle Songster as Dance to Thee Daddy. It was printed in a collection of ballads from Northern England by William Watson (died 1840) as Dance ti' thy Daddy.* This version was collected in Berkshire and appears in a Cecil Sharp collection (1909). Dance to your daddy,
My little laddie,
Dance to your daddy,
My little man.
Thou shalt have a fish,
Thou shalt have a fin,
Thou shalt have a haddock
When the boat comes in;
Thou shalt have a codling
Boiled in a pan -
Dance to your daddy,
My little man.

Dance to your daddy,
My little laddie,
Dance to your daddy,
My little lamb.
When thou art a man
And fit to take a wife,
Thou shalt wed a maid
And love her all your life;
She shall be your lassie,
Thou shalt be her man
Dance to your daddy, My little lamb.

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*Steve Roud's Broadside and Folksong Indexes