Mudcat Café message #587544 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #285   Message #587544
Posted By: GUEST,MCP
07-Nov-01 - 01:25 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Magpie (David Dodds)
Subject: RE: The Magpie
The magpie was meant to be a portent of evil and on seeing one you were meant to say "Devil, devil I defy thee" and spit, to counteract the effect. Dave Dodds had a story about giving a lift to an old woman who did this and then spit on the floor of his new Jaguar, not to his best pleasure. (I think that was the story anyway). Dave Dodds was a regular visitor to the Herga FC, (Wealdstone, UK) in the late '70s (IIRC) before he moved down to Devon. I've heard nothing of him in recent years

If I put my mind to it(have to think about the verse a bit - I haven't heard the song for quite a few years) I could probably give you the tune. I'll get back on this.