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Thread #2157   Message #719160
Posted By: Jon Bartlett
28-May-02 - 09:38 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
Subject: RE: Cod Liver Oil
Susanne's Folksong-Notizen (Henry's Liederbuch) has the words to Hamish' song. Note the significant variations: v2: Lanliq and cider (said by Nigel Gatherer to be a potent fortified wine; identified as Lang's Liqueur (ex South Africa), also known as Lannie by Gerry Milne). "Gorbals" is correct spelling. I think the Sahara line is "Sahara and a ra camel", a usage I recognize from G.M. Fraser's "The General Danced at Dawn" but I have no idea of its provenance, other than that it's probably a Glasgow usage. The song (a parody of "Virgin mary Had a Little Baby") was made by Ron Clark and Karl McDougall, according to Hamish himself in the accompanying notes.

The other Cod Liver Oil song is very well known in Newfoundland, but has its origins in Ireland. I believe the chorus starts: "O Doctor, O Doctor, O Doctor De Jongh/Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong..."