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Lyr Req: Blind haddocks, deaf and dumb bloaters

GUEST,Debbie Wyke 05 Jan 21 - 06:29 AM
GUEST,Mike Yates 05 Jan 21 - 09:49 AM
GUEST,Mike Yates 05 Jan 21 - 10:41 AM
GUEST,# 05 Jan 21 - 12:02 PM
GUEST,Mike Yates 08 Jan 21 - 05:52 AM
Nigel Parsons 10 Jan 21 - 11:04 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Blind haddocks, deaf and dumb bloaters
From: GUEST,Debbie Wyke
Date: 05 Jan 21 - 06:29 AM

Blind Haddocks, Deaf and Dumb Bloaters, Boss eyed Winkles, Paralysed Shrimps

They’re all fresh today Mum They stink alright for a penny a pint and they’re all fresh today Mum

Does anyone have any information about this rhyme/song or more lyrics, please?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blind haddocks, deaf and dumb bloaters
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 05 Jan 21 - 09:49 AM

Sussex fisherman Johnny Doughty used to sing a version of this.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blind haddocks, deaf and dumb bloaters
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 05 Jan 21 - 10:41 AM

Steve Roud (Roud 5367) only lists the version by Johnny Doughty.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blind haddocks, deaf and dumb bloaters
From: GUEST,#
Date: 05 Jan 21 - 12:02 PM

Don't know if this will be of use to anyone. However, nowt ventured, nowt gained.

http://burgar.net/Stories/Biographies/Lilly_Burgar_Memoirs/S_LifeOfLily_Chapter%204.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blind haddocks, deaf and dumb bloaters
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 08 Jan 21 - 05:52 AM

This is Johnny Doughty's text:

Live herrings,
Deaf and dumb bloaters,
Cock-eyed winkles,
Paralyzed shrimps,
Stiff-back whiting,
Hump-backed mackerel,
All caught fresh today lady.

Johnny told me that he had learnt the song from fish sellers along the sea front at Brighton. As I could not find any other version at the time, I assumed that it must have been a local song. However, now that there are other known versions, I am beginning to wonder if it is originally from print, or else from the stage.

You can hear Johnny singing it on the Veteran CD 'When the Wind Blows' (VTCD5CD).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blind haddocks, deaf and dumb bloaters
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 10 Jan 21 - 11:04 AM

"Blind haddocks"? reminds me of the White Knight's song in Lewis Carroll's "Through the looking glass":

He said "I hunt for haddocks' eyes
Among the heather bright,
And work them into waistcoat-buttons
In the silent night.
And these I do not sell for gold
Or coin of silvery shine,
But for a copper halfpenny,
And that will purchase nine.


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