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GUEST,Tony Reilly 10 May 00 - 04:46 PM
SeanM 10 May 00 - 04:53 PM
SINSULL 10 May 00 - 04:54 PM
SeanM 10 May 00 - 05:24 PM
alison 10 May 00 - 08:11 PM
Bugsy 10 May 00 - 08:29 PM
Billy the Bus 10 May 00 - 11:25 PM
SINSULL 11 May 00 - 06:55 PM
GUEST,Murray on Saltspring 11 May 00 - 10:58 PM
GUEST,Wolfgang 12 May 00 - 05:57 AM
zander (inactive) 12 May 00 - 11:57 AM
GUEST 11 Feb 05 - 02:23 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 11 Feb 05 - 02:58 PM
GUEST,Obie 11 Feb 05 - 03:47 PM
Rain Dog 11 Feb 05 - 04:14 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 11 Feb 05 - 05:40 PM
Cluin 11 Feb 05 - 05:47 PM
Compton 11 Feb 05 - 08:33 PM
Cluin 11 Feb 05 - 08:39 PM
GUEST,folkiefrank 11 Feb 05 - 09:24 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 12 Feb 05 - 07:24 AM
Snuffy 12 Feb 05 - 10:34 AM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 12 Feb 05 - 11:00 AM
GUEST,Heather P in Bremerton 04 Sep 08 - 06:09 PM
irishenglish 04 Sep 08 - 06:10 PM
Timo_Tuokkola 04 Sep 08 - 06:27 PM
FreddyHeadey 27 Dec 18 - 03:03 PM
FreddyHeadey 27 Dec 18 - 07:52 PM
FreddyHeadey 01 Jan 19 - 05:14 PM
Thompson 04 Jan 19 - 02:13 PM
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Subject: Cod Liver Oil
From: GUEST,Tony Reilly
Date: 10 May 00 - 04:46 PM

My Dad (who hails from Scotland) always sang a song called Cod Lover Oil. Something about a Doctor who prescribes it to an ailing woman and she seems to get hooked on the stuff.

Anyone else heard of it?

Thanks

tonyreilly@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: SeanM
Date: 10 May 00 - 04:53 PM

There's a set of lyrics in the DigiTrad Database that I'm pretty sure are what you're looking for, but it's under the name "Cod Liver Ile.

Hope it's what you're looking for.

M


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 May 00 - 04:54 PM

Oh, doctor, Oh doctor, Oh dear Dr. John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I'm afraid on me life I'll go down in the soil
If my wife won't stop drinking your cod liver oil.

I wake up in the morning, it sure is a fright
The cod liver oil flasks, Oh what a sight
And just as the kettle is starting to boil
You would swear it is whistling "Cod Liver Oil"

Oh Doctor...

That's all I know. Hope it helps.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: SeanM
Date: 10 May 00 - 05:24 PM

Hey... I've got a question...

Anyone know where this song comes from? I've got it on a compilation CD, but it doesn't give any background. Is it traditional, or is it of more recent vintage?

Anyone?

M


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: alison
Date: 10 May 00 - 08:11 PM

I first heard it off an old Val Doonican CD of my dads...

slaine

laiosn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Bugsy
Date: 10 May 00 - 08:29 PM

I thought this was going to be "COD LIVER OIL AND THE ORANGE JUICE". A great song made famous by Hamish Imlach, about the adventures of "Hairy Mary". By the way, does anyone have the lyrics handy?

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 10 May 00 - 11:25 PM

G'day Bugsy,

Exactly the song I was thinking of - here's a link to lyics of Codliver Oil & OJ.

Cheers - Sam


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 May 00 - 06:55 PM

Hairy Mary??? HMMM Now that we've beaten the breast thread to death maybe she can start another on body hair.The men can bemoan their losses and the woman their gains.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: GUEST,Murray on Saltspring
Date: 11 May 00 - 10:58 PM

There's a Canadian version of this in the books, and also a British one I think--probably the original. That "Dear John" is really a mishearing of the doctor's name "De Jong" [not quite sure how to spell it), which may be the real name of a real inventor of a real brand of Cod Liver Oil.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: GUEST,Wolfgang
Date: 12 May 00 - 05:57 AM

We had already an old thread about these two songs: Cod liver oil

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: zander (inactive)
Date: 12 May 00 - 11:57 AM

Ther is a great version on the Dubliners ' 25 Years Celebration ' album. It is credited as traditional. Cheers, Dave


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 02:23 PM

Since nobody else seems to have mentioned this, I thought I'd throw it in: 19th century patent medicines were often laced with opiates. It made the patient feel better almost immdediately, and of course there's nothing better than addiction to assure repeat customers.

So the wife in question was quite literally addicted to Dr. DeJohn's cod liver oil. It must have been pretty awful to have this happen, and not understand what was going on.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 02:58 PM

That's really put me in perspective Alison. I first heard it off a Val Doonican LP of my OWN. CD was an identifying plate for diplomats' cars in them days.

OUCH!
Don T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: GUEST,Obie
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 03:47 PM

This is a Newfoundland song,of possibly Irish descent, and cod liver oil was a common tonic and still is. It did not contain any opiates. It is an excellent vitamin source but tastes awful.
         Obie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Rain Dog
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 04:14 PM

It sure does taste awful

And how many children of a certain age were made to take a spoonful each and everyday. Torture. It would constitute abuse nowadays


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 05:40 PM

It constituted abuse then. We just didn't know it.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Cluin
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 05:47 PM

Mick Hanly did a great job on this song on his A Kiss in the Morning Early album in `76.
But then he does a great job generally.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Compton
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 08:33 PM

I can put an even earlier recording date to that...Burl Ives (whatever happened to him?(JOKE))...was on a ANCIENT L.P I have from 1953!..."Coronation Concert"..wonder what it's worth!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Cluin
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 08:39 PM

Oh yeah, it's a song that's been around a while. I also have a version by either Alan Mills or Tom Kines on a Canadian Centennial Folk Song collection. And I know Oscar Brand recorded it too sometime in the 50s.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: GUEST,folkiefrank
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 09:24 PM

Val Doonican on CD, jeeze , haven't seen that! Seriously, the CLO was administered with a quick follow up of the orange juice to kill the taste!! Personal experience on that one!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 07:24 AM

Used to get that on alternate mornings. Boy that OJ went down fast, usually meeting the CLO on its way back up, and both would then hit the stomach like a bucket of liquid lesd. Yecchh!

On the mornings in between we got a desert spoon of Scott's Emulsion, which slid down the throat like a liquidised slug (garden, not bullet).

Between these two, disease kept well away from us, and the only one I had was measles, so they may have had some efficacy, but I can still remember the taste, and you know what?...........IT WASN'T WORTH IT.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Snuffy
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 10:34 AM

I have a swig straight from the bottle most days. BOOTIFUL


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 11:00 AM

Snuffy, give me your address, and I'll send you my share (grin).
If we ever meet, remind me not to get between you and the loo.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: GUEST,Heather P in Bremerton
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 06:09 PM

I *knew* I'd heard something similar -- Tim Jordan* may well have borrowed this tune when he wrote "Johnny Jump Up" in the 1940s (the lyric "hit by a car" and the modern use of "bar" as a drinking establishment tells you this is surely not trad, although many insist on crediting it as such), but Jordan spent all of his life in Cork, so that argues an Irish origin for the Newfoundland tune.

*Kevin Manley is the source (often spelled as Manly, but look at the email addy in the Cantaria link, for instance).

Heather P


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: irishenglish
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 06:10 PM

Great Big Sea did a version as well on The Hard and The Easy. There version is a Newfoundland one (of course!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Timo_Tuokkola
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 06:27 PM

I'm a young married man and I'm tired of life
Ten years I've been wed to a pale sickly wife
She's nothing to do only sit there and cry
Praying and praying to God she would die

A friend of my own came to see me one day
He told me my wife, she was pining away
He afterwards told me that she would get strong
If I'd get a bottle from dear doctor John

Chorus:
Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear doctor John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I''m afraid of my life I'll go down in the soil
If my wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil

I bought her a bottle well just for to try
and the way that she drank it you'd think she might die
I bought her another, it vanished the same
And then she got cod liver oil on the brain

I bought her another, she drank it no doubt
And then she began to get terrible stout
And when she got stout well of course she got strong
And I became jealous of dear doctor John

Chorus:
Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear doctor John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I''m afraid of my life I'll go down in the soil
If my wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil

My house it resembles a great doctor's shop
It's covered in bottles from bottom to top
When early in the morning the kettle dors boil
You would swear it was singing of cod liver oil

Chorus:
Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear doctor John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I''m afraid of my life I'll go down in the soil
If my wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil

So all you young fellows where'er you may be
I hope you will heed this fair warning from me
From sickly women I pray you recoil
Or you'll find yourself swimming in cod liver oil

Chorus:
Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear doctor John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I''m afraid of my life I'll go down in the soil
If my wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 27 Dec 18 - 03:03 PM

Burl Ives - Cod Liver Oil
https://youtu.be/8Oep2YUNoXk?t=73s


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 27 Dec 18 - 07:52 PM


“Colm O Lochlainn[1892 – 26 June 1972] writes of this extremely popular song:

‘Learnt in childhood from my father's cousin Alice Deady of Waterford (Mrs. Sam Allingham).
I well remember the advertisements in old magazines for Dr. De Jongh's Cod Liver Oil. Who wrote the song I do not know.
The tune is really Irish and I have heard it put to Davis's song ‘The Grave of Wolfe Tone’.”

Reference:
More Irish Street Ballads, Colm O Lochlainn,
Three Candles Press, 1968.
Jim Carroll

http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/songs/cmc/cod_liver_oil_mkelleher.htm


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colm_Ó_Lochlainn 


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Subject: Lyr Add: DR. DE JONGH'S COD LIVER OIL (Bodleian)
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 01 Jan 19 - 05:14 PM

I'm a poor married man and wretched's my life;
Six years since, I married a sickly young wife;
From morning till night she did nothing but sigh,
And the people all thought she was going to die.
Till a friend of mine called at my house one fine day,
And he saw that my wife she was pining away ;
But he very soon told her how she could get strong,
By drinking the oil made by Doctor de Jongh.

Oh, Doctor de Jongh, Doctor de Jongh,
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong;
I can see very soon I'll be under the soil,
If my wife she keeps drinking your cod liver oil.

I got her bottle which gave her delight,
For quickly she put the content out of sight,
Then bought her a dozen, which vanished the same;
Till I thought she'd take cod liver oil on the brain.
It was then that I noticed with wonder and doubt,
That my wife she was getting so awfully stout;
And when she got stout, well of course she got strong;
That I own I felt jealous of Doctor de Jongh.

I cooed and we courted like two turtle doves,
But lately my wife has brought home boxing gloves;
And if I don't keep just as quiet as a mouse,
We've a round, 'tis a round. I'm sent all round the house.
It was only last night that the servant girl grins,
And says "Master the missus has brought you home twins"
Two more blessed babies for which I've to toil.
I wish she'd stop drinking that cod liver oil.

There's my son little Billy he's getting so fat,
Each day like a porpoise he rolls on the mat!
And even the cat's got a coat just like silk,
For my wife says that oil is much better than milk.
I can't get a bit cooked, let me do what I like,
For she swears against cooking she's out on the strike,
And even the kettle when it comes to the boil,
It seems to be singing out "Cod Liver Oil".

Oh! Doctor de Jongh, who taught you the art?
Of using cod livers to break a chaps heart;
For if you continue I can very soon see,
Cods livers will make a short liver[s] of me.
For my house it resembles a large doctor's shop,
With your bottles it's filled right from bottom to top,
And if my wife dies and goes under the soil,
On her tombstone I'll write "Here lies Cod Liver Oil."

Broadside Ballads Online
from the Bodleian Libraries
Roud Number: V16087
Title: Dr. de Jongh's cod liver oil
First Line: I'm a poor married man and wretched's my life
Themes:  Domestic relations
1875
http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/search/theme/Prince%20of%20Wales%27s%20visit%20to%20India%2C%201875

http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/static/images/sheets/20000/17238.gif


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Wikipedia says "Cod Liver Oil" is a song about a traditional medicinal drink for many Newfoundlanders. Cod liver oil in the traditional way of manufacture was sun cured and served in bottles in its raw form.
The song was written by 
Johnny Burke (1851–1930),
a balladeer from St. John's, Newfoundland.
It has been recorded by the Irish band The Dubliners and by Newfoundland folk rock band Great Big Sea on their album The Hard and the Easy.

The song is played to the melody of the traditional Irish sean-nós song "An Lacha Bacach" (Irish: The Lame Duck), as famously portrayed by Nell Ní Chróinín.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod_Liver_Oil_(song) 

mudcat thread "An Lacha Bacach"
thread.cfm?threadid=115269#2467634 


~~~~~~~~~~~

DR. DE JONGH'S LIGHT-BROWN COD LIVER OIL.
-Invariably pure, uniformly excellent.
Dr. Letheby, late Medical Officer of Health to .
the City of London, writes:- "In all cases I
have found Dr. de Jongh's Cod Liver Oil pos
sessing the same set of properties, among which
the presence of cholaic compounds, and of iodine
in a state of organic combination, are the most'
remarkable. It is, I believe, universally acknowledged that this description of oil has great
therapeutic power; ..."
Sold only in capsuled imperial half-pints, pints, and quarts, by all chemists, druggists, and storekeepers. Sole consignees, Ansar, Harford, and Co., 77, Strand, London..

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/37139694 


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cod Liver Oil
From: Thompson
Date: 04 Jan 19 - 02:13 PM

We sang it as "Your cod-liver oil is so sweet and so strong". Distinctly iffy song!


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