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Dance to your daddy

north-east England
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In debt to the media for its propagation is Dance to your daddy, sung characterfully by Alex Glasgow in David Fanshawe’s genial theme for the 1976 BBC serial When the boat comes in. Tim Byram-Wigfield’s syncopated arrangement is equally good-humoured, building to an intoxicated climax. New verses were added at the end of the 19th century but the core of the song appears to be the work of a certain William Watson in 1826. When this was first published in 1848, the melody was given as The little fishy, which may itself be traced to at least 1842, so clearly both tune and words have long been inseparable.

from notes by Andrew Plant © 2019


Songs of Scotland
The last rose of summer
Studio Master: SIGCD598Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on CDH55336 [0'42]
Track 1 on SIGCD598 [2'10] Download only

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