Sheet Music (and more information about this song)
When pretty Peg went down the street some fresh fish for to buy
But the wee town clerk followed after her, and he kissed her by and by
With my tiddy right fol da diddle dido
With my tiddy right fol da diddle day
"Oh, how can I get to your chamber, love, or how can I get to your bed?
When your daddy goes to bed at night with the key lying under his head"
"Oh, go and get a ladder, love, with thirty steps and three
And put it to the chimney top and come down in a creel to me"
"I went and got a ladder, love, with thirty steps and three
And a creel, on the top of that and come down in the lum to thee"
No peace nor ease could the old wife get, with dreams running through her head
"I'll lay me life", said the gay old wife, "there's a boy in me daughter's bed"
Then up the stairs the old man crept and into the room did steal
Silence reigned for the daughter slept and he never twigged the creel
"My curse attend you, Father, what brought you up so soon?
To put me through my evening prayers, and I just lying down"
He went back to his gay old wife, he went back to she
"She has the prayer book in her hand and she's praying for you and me"
No peace nor ease could the old wife get till she would rise and see
She came on a stumbling-block and into the creel went she.
"Hi I rocked her, ho, I rocked here, didn't I rock her well
For if any old wife begrudge me her daughter I'd rock her into Hell"