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Thread #153739   Message #3671878
Posted By: Steve Gardham
24-Oct-14 - 02:34 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: You dirty little nipper . . .
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You dirty little nipper . . .
It would be interesting to see the comparative prevalence and distribution of the 2 tunes, Turkey in the Straw' and 'Sailor's Hornpipe'

Joe, I'm with you on both accounts and I live in Hull, on the Humber.
For most of my life I have known amongst my bawdy ditties:

Do your balls hang low?
Can you swing 'em to and fro?
Can you tie em in a knot, can you tie em in a bow?
Do you get a funny feeling when you bang em on the ceiling
Do you get a funny feeling when your balls hang low?

and
Tiddleywinks old man shag a woman if you can,
If you can't shag a woman shag an old tin can....(there may have been more)

Both have the tune 'Sailor's/College Hornpipe'

Only in the last couple of years have I heard 'Do your ears hang low' to 'Turkey in the Straw', on CDs of songs for children, and played on a cuddly toy mechanical Elephant, both American voices.