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Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)

23 Jun 08 - 10:03 PM (#2372941)
Subject: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: katlaughing

A friend remembers her granddad singing this song to her. He was from the coast of Nova Scotia. She can only remember the following and we're wondering if it is just a fun thing in itself or if it is part of a song:

Rory get the dory, there's herring in the bay
Rory got the dory, but the herring got away!

Thanks,

kat


24 Jun 08 - 02:54 AM (#2373030)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: MartinRyan

There's a brief reference to it HERE .

Regards


24 Jun 08 - 09:22 AM (#2373188)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: katlaughing

Thanks, Martin, but do you know what page it was on? When I click on your link, I get a blank page with a message saying my viewing of that book is done.


24 Jun 08 - 09:29 AM (#2373194)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: MartinRyan

It's on Page 48 of the text. I picked it up with a Google search on "rory get the dory" - and it seems happy enough to link me back to it directly. Curious.

Regards


24 Jun 08 - 10:38 AM (#2373237)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: katlaughing

Thank you. I think it is something to do with my browser. This time, I got the same message on page 48, but when I scrolled down print showed up on subsequent pages. I was able to then scroll back to page 48 and read the relevant text. Seems it may just be an expression. Thank you, very much, Martin.

kat


26 Jun 08 - 01:36 PM (#2374959)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Jim Dixon

Here's the quote from So Far, a memoir by Joyce McDonald Brown (Victoria, B.C.: Trafford, 2006), page 48:
    Jack and Andy had grown up together in New Brunswick and regaled us with stories of fishing from a dory in the Atlantic. Most of the stories seemed to revolve around the expression,

    "Hurry, Rory. Get the dory. There's an 'erring in the bay."

    We never could figure out what this expression meant in relation to the stories....


26 Jun 08 - 02:17 PM (#2374976)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: katlaughing

Thanks, Jim! I will pass that along.

Thanks, again, to both of you.


26 Jun 08 - 03:28 PM (#2375020)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Jim Dixon

I found this in another forum:
    It reminded me of another [song my mother] was singing one time as we rowed out to a mooring on a still night. It went:

    Rory, get your dory. There's a herring in the bay.
    Rory got his dory and the herring went away.

    My father told her to pipe down, advising her that this was some type of slander against the Portuguese.


26 Jun 08 - 11:21 PM (#2375295)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: katlaughing

Thanks, Jim. I'd like to know more about the Portuguese thing.


27 Jun 08 - 01:10 AM (#2375319)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Jim Dixon

I found this longer quote in Happy Days: My Mother, My Father, My Sister & Me by Shana Alexander, 1995, page 275:
    Rory, get the dory.
    There's a herring in the bay.
    Rory, get the dory
    E'er* the herring swims away.
    Oh, Rory, oh, begorrah, oh,
    We're going to eat today!
    Rory, get the dory.
    There's a herring in the bay.
*(sic; should be "ere")

This is a fairly popular book; you might be able to get it in a local library.


02 Apr 09 - 09:16 AM (#2603042)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Charley Noble

We used to her this song sung on the radio in the early 1960's in Maine. A friend would love to have the full lyrics.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


02 Apr 09 - 09:50 AM (#2603074)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

Well I'll be damn. I thought this tune would be easy to find. I was sure it came from Newfoundland. Here are a few lines that I remember.

Rory get the dory, there's herring in the bay
Put on your old sowester (Fishing hat),
And will be on our way.
There's a school of herring to be caught.


so on and so on. That's all I remember.
Beer (adrien)


02 Apr 09 - 01:03 PM (#2603217)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Charley Noble

Adrien-

It's not an easy one to crack!

I was fishing around this morning for at least an hour on Goggle.

Charley Noble


02 Apr 09 - 02:43 PM (#2603326)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

Well I have a few Newfie friends that I'll give a call to. Maybe they can shed some light.
Adrien


02 Apr 09 - 08:17 PM (#2603553)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Charley Noble

Adrien-

Thanks!

My old mentor Bill Bonyun used to enjoy singing this song as well.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


03 Apr 09 - 12:16 PM (#2603978)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

Not in GEST, not in Peacock.


05 Apr 09 - 12:07 PM (#2605072)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Jim Dixon

Here's another tantalizing quote from a novel: Where the Land and Water Meet by Julian Moynahan (New York: Morrow, 1979):

Ace went to the window. He put his head out and sang melodiously, "Does Your Mother Come from Novy? Did she get here in a dory?" Then he said, in a fake English accent of the lah-di-da variety, "I say, Rory, er-ah get your er-ah dory, because er-ah I do believe there er-ah is an er-ah herring in the er-ah bay." He went from there into fake darky lingo....


05 Apr 09 - 12:18 PM (#2605078)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Jim Dixon

There MIGHT be some relevant information in Dictionary of Newfoundland English by George Morley Story, W. J. Kirwin, John David Allison Widdowson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990). At least that book keeps coming up when I search for "rory, dory, herring" and some other words from the songóbut it's a recent book, under copyright, and Google Books doesn't allow a preview of the relevant pages. I'd look around pages 732-733.


05 Apr 09 - 12:24 PM (#2605079)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Jim Dixon

Aha! WorldCat.org says that RORY GET YOUR DORY is on the LP album A Bluenose Song Book by Eddie LeGere (Toronto: Arc, [196-]).

Unfortunately, it doesn't say where the LP can be found.


05 Apr 09 - 04:46 PM (#2605195)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Charley Noble

It's amazing that this one has taken so long to nail down but at least now we have some more clues.

I never considered it a traditional ditty but more of a popular song composed in the 1960's when it got some radio air play.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


05 Apr 09 - 05:37 PM (#2605220)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: GUEST, GEST without a cookie

Jim ~ For future reference, you can access the search engine of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English on the Main Page at GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador. The only entry found in the dictionary for rory is as follows:

rory-eyed a also roary-eyed*. From a U S cpd (h)orry-eyed 'drunk': DAS oryide (1894), orry-eyed (1943): BERREY p. 106 hoary-eyed, orie-eyed, Am Speech iv (1928-9), p. 102 orie-eyed, 422, v (1930), p. 231; cp SND roarie 'drunk' 1865, 1904.
†††1 Drunk.
††† P 279-89 We used to say 'He's roary-eyed' when someone was very, very angry, really enraged, and also when someone was roaring drunk.
†††2 Very angry, furious.
†††M 64-3 When anyone dared to call him that [nickname] he'd get roary-eyed. T 147-65 He went right crazy, right roary-eyed. C 71-110 She would get rory-eyed meaning that she would get very mad or angry. 1985 A Yaffle of Yarns 11 I also realized that...Dad would be 'rory-eyed' and hit the roof if he knew his only son was takin' his life in his own hands.

I think Rory in this ditty is a person's name.


05 Apr 09 - 07:05 PM (#2605276)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

Jim that was a great find. I checked with my Newfoundland friend and was disappointed in that she had never heard it. But I'm not giving up. I have a friend who is vacationing for the next few week who has a sister in Newfoundland who seems to know more Newfoundland songs than there are cod on the Great Banks. I guess she doesn't know many songs eh!
Yes Charlie it is amazing.
Adrien


05 Apr 09 - 08:04 PM (#2605305)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: meself

This sounds as if it would have come from someone who has been around both Cape Bretoners and Newfoundlanders. Back in the 'seventies, I had a friend from Cape Breton who would occasionally snort at the "drunken-Rory-in-his-dory stories" that were, according to my friend, recounted on a not-infrequent basis amongst persons of a certain social class on the island of his birth. "Rory" is, at least on the western side of the Atlantic, a distinctly Scottish name, and familiar in Cape Breton. However, the way "the bay" and the "sou'wester" are used here are at least equally suggestive of Newfoundland, if not moreso. While Newfoundland certainly does not have a monopoly on bays, "the bay" as a communally-recognized locale is, I think it is fair to say, a part of Newfoundland consciousness. On the other hand, "bays" and "sou'westers" are familiar concepts all along the north-east coast.

And it is possible that the ultimate source of my friend's rhyming of "Rory" and "dory" is the song, rather than the song (or ditty) being inspired by a folk expression.

And then the line from a verse quoted above - "Oh, Rory, oh, begorrah, oh," - suggests an Irish or mock-Irish element.

Hard to imagine it has anything to do with the Portuguese. Perhaps in the context of the piece of writing in which the connection is made, the reader is to understand that there IS no real connection - that the father is just being silly, or is a blowhard, or innocently ignorant.

I hope someone can find a complete set of lyrics; I've never come across this song before.

(Adrien: where do you remember those lines from?)


05 Apr 09 - 08:23 PM (#2605328)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

meself,
Good to read what you have written. Your explanation to me fits perfectly and as well I can't figure out where the Portuguese fit into the song.
I probably heard them at some house party that I was playing at. However I have a feeling that in one of my downeast cassettes it was also sung. I still have more to go through but a Newfoundland singer is where I am leaning toward. I wrote to George Seto - Chebucto but haven't heard from him as yet.
This is one that and answer is out there and will be found.
Adrien


05 Apr 09 - 09:14 PM (#2605352)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Charley Noble

Adrien-

I expect that this song has actually been copyrighted since it did get radio play. But I sure can't find more than fragments.

Interesting discussion. I wonder if Vince Morash would know more details. He' and Pixie are going to be stopping by this week on his way south.

And some day soon all will be revealed!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


06 Apr 09 - 12:48 PM (#2605715)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

ooooooh! I'm getting closer. Should know soon.
Adrien


06 Apr 09 - 01:03 PM (#2605718)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Charley Noble

Adrien-

Steady, big fella!

Make sure you've got a firm grip on both oars and that they're both in the water.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


06 Apr 09 - 01:22 PM (#2605728)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

Your right Charley, I lost me oar. But just one. Here is what I just received but brings us back to what Jim Dixon mentions above.

It is on "A Bluenose Song Book" which Jim found in his search. Anyway, here is what my friend who runs a radio show up in Ottawa wrote me.

Hey Adrien, my good friend Jim Wade passed this along to Frank Maher, one of our wonders of musical knowledge ... so here it is, via Frank (Maher's Bars) from NL (one of the island's finest button accordionists - also part of the Auntie Crae's Band!) ....

Cheers,
Ron
P.S. apparently Frank says that Eddie's number is: ..........


Eddie wrote and sung Rory get the Dory



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Frank Maher
Sent: April 6, 2009 11:08 AM
To: Ron Moores
Subject: Rory get your dory


Hi Ron......You'll find it here...
Frank

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/84145165?tab=details#tabs

This brings us back to Jim Dixon post.
However I will call Eddie and see what develops.
Adrien


06 Apr 09 - 01:24 PM (#2605730)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

No answer. Will call this evening.
adrien


06 Apr 09 - 06:51 PM (#2606020)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

Well, well, well, well. Just got off the phone with the man himself. Eddie LeGere lives in St. Catherine's Ontario and still does a little performing. He said he is 81 plus. He confirmed that he indeed wrote the song and that he would send me a c/d if I'd like. I told him to send it and include the cost so I can pay. He refused but I insisted. He is originally from Joggins Nova Scotia and has been away for about 30 years. He still goes back though. He then asked to hold tight as he would play the song for me. So after a few minutes he turned on his player and I caught some of it while he spoke. I asked him as to why the words could not be found on the Internet and he said he wouldn't know anything about that because he has no computer. Waste of time. I asked him if it would be alright to sing his song. he laughed and said that was why he wrote it. Stupid question I guess.
When I receive the c/d. I will call him back and ask if I can write the words down and show it to other people. I will also try and get to find out if it is copyrighted as Charley has suggested.
Thanks Kat for starting this thread and all the folks who have contributed.

Adrien


06 Apr 09 - 08:14 PM (#2606104)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Sandy Mc Lean

Great detective work Adrien!
As for copyright in Canada any work is under copyright from the time of its creation until long after the death of the author. If he wrote it and is still alive he owns copyright unless he conveyed it to another party.


06 Apr 09 - 08:19 PM (#2606106)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Sandy Mc Lean

As a point of clarification the author need not take any action beyond creation of the work. Copyright is automatic. He may however take some action at some point to prove his claim as author.


06 Apr 09 - 08:31 PM (#2606109)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

Yes Sandy you are very correct. I guess i didn't express what my intention is and that is to post the words to his song. Which I want to ask him if it is O.K. Which in all likelihood it would be alright. However, do want to ask his permission.
ad.


06 Apr 09 - 09:11 PM (#2606143)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Charley Noble

That you (and other Mudcatters) could reach the real person who composed such a song is why I still monitor the occasional song thread.

Excellent work, Adrien!

We can all meditate while the lyrics wing their way to you.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


06 Apr 09 - 10:43 PM (#2606177)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

Thanks Charley. This is what makes this site fun.
ad.


06 Apr 09 - 11:08 PM (#2606185)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: meself

(meditating ... )


07 Apr 09 - 06:52 AM (#2606345)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: meself

I would be curious to see how the date of publication of Eddy LeGere's song corresponds with the time-periods in which it is implied the song was current in the several texts mentioned in the posts above. Without know anything about how the man operated, we should reserve the possibility that he re-worked an existing ditty or rhyme. On the other hand, any of those other writers could have assumed that a relatively recent song came from timeless tradition.

Back to meditation.

... om ... om ... om ...


07 Apr 09 - 09:18 AM (#2606443)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Beer

Interesting meself.
Ad.


07 Apr 09 - 09:57 AM (#2606474)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
From: Charley Noble

...rory...dory...rory...dory...

Charley Noble


15 Apr 09 - 05:35 PM (#2611962)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca

Sounds wonderful. Found a link here Snippet


Lots of other Snippets available. But sounds like you're on the track of the full lyrics. Great stuff.


15 Apr 09 - 05:46 PM (#2611968)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: Beer

I'm hoping that Eddy got the c/d in the mail.
Ad.


16 Apr 09 - 03:20 PM (#2612609)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: Beer

Arrived today. Song is just how I remember. Except all the missing words are here. Hopefully I'll get around to writing out the lyrics this evening.
Adrien


16 Apr 09 - 05:08 PM (#2612681)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: Charley Noble

Adrien-

Oh, I'm sure you'll get around to it in a day or two, maybe in a week or two, or maybe we'll have to track you down when you are old and gray!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


16 Apr 09 - 05:15 PM (#2612686)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: Beer

Got most of it done but I'll have to call the man this evening to get a few words correct. Not sure what he says. I spoke to Eddy this afternoon and he told me that he wrote the song around 1956/57. He couldn't be sure. The only date is 2005 on the C/D.
Adrien


16 Apr 09 - 08:02 PM (#2612785)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: Beer

End of Story. I think. Thanks again Kat for starting this thread.
Adrien

Rory Get Your Dory

In Cape Breton Highland down Nova Scotia way.
Lies a little fishing village they call it Pleasant Bay.
No one ever hurries there, a day seems like a year,
And any time you're passing by these words you're sure to hear.

Oh Rory get your Dory out, there's herring in the bay.
Do your fooling in the winter time, there's still no time to play.
Why what good is blue potatoes, without herring on the plate.
So pull up your suspenders b'y, or perhaps will be too late.

Big Willie Dan MacDonald, big Rory John McNeil.
Are the finest herring fisherman, that ever used the creel.
Known to all Cape Bretoners, from the Bay to Whitney Peir.
Big Willie Dan, and Rody John, these words your sure to hear.

Oh Rory get your Dory out, there's herring in the bay.
Put on your old Soewester b'y, and will be on our way.
A school of herring in the sea, just waiting to be caught.
Wee Alex needs a pair of shoes and the baby needs a cot.

Words by ; Eddie Legere
Recorded in Toronto 1966 but written in the early 50's


17 Apr 09 - 12:23 AM (#2612886)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: katlaughing

Adrien! Thanks for the PM! I'd forgotten about asking after this and it has given me great joy to read of your stupendous efforts! I will have to let my friend know.


17 Apr 09 - 08:40 AM (#2613046)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: Charley Noble

Adrien-

Excellent work and timely as well!

I do believe there are two typo's in what you posted that need attention:

"So pull up your suspenders b'y, or perhaps WILL be too late."

Most likey should be:

So pull up your suspenders b'y, or perhaps WE'LL be too late.

And a similar question in this line:

"Put on your old Soewester b'y, and WILL be on our way."

Most likely should be:

Put on your old Soewester b'y, and WE'LL be on our way.

Other minor typo's include:

Known to all Cape Bretoners, from the Bay to Whitney PEIR (Pier).
Big Willie Dan, and Rody John, these words YOUR (you're) sure to hear.

As we used to say, "Hunky dory!"

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


17 Apr 09 - 09:31 AM (#2613073)
Subject: Lyr Add: RORY GET YOUR DORY (Eddie LeGere)
From: Beer

You're correct in all Charley.
Another typo I'm sure is "Soewester". I don't think I've spelt this correct.
Adrien


RORY GET YOUR DORY

In Cape Breton Island, down Nova Scotia way,
Lies a little fishing village; they call it Pleasant Bay.
No one ever hurries there; a day seems like a year;
And any time you're passing by, these words you're sure to hear:

Oh, Rory, get your dory out. There's herring in the bay.
Do your fooling in the winter time. There's still no time to play.
Why, what good is blue potatoes, without herring on the plate?
So pull up your suspenders, b'y, or perhaps we'll be too late.

Big Willie Dan MacDonald, big Rory John McNeil,
Are the finest herring fisherman that ever used the creel.
Known to all Cape Bretoners, from the Bay to Whitney Pier,
Big Willie Dan, and Rory John, these words you're sure to hear:

Oh, Rory, get your dory out. There's herring in the bay.
Put on your old sou'wester, b'y, and we'll be on our way.
A school of herring in the sea, just waiting to be caught.
Wee Alex needs a pair of shoes and the baby needs a cot.


Words by: Eddie LeGere
Recorded in Toronto 1966 but written in the early 50s according to what Eddie told me.
Ad.


Corrections made. --JoeClone, 19-Apr-09.


18 Apr 09 - 01:32 PM (#2613925)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: Charley Noble

Adrien-

I would spell it "So'wester" as an abbreviated version of southwest.

Oh in the third verse it's probably "RORY John" rather than "RODY John."

I just can't help proofing!

Cheerily,
Charley Whatever


12 Dec 09 - 10:34 AM (#2786879)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: GUEST,Bluenosegal

The last line in the third verse as I remember it from the album, was
"and when Willie Dan meets Rory John, these words your sure to here"

also first line of third verse was, again as I remember,
"Big Willie Dan MacDonald,and Rory John McNeil"


12 Dec 09 - 11:48 AM (#2786918)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: Charley Noble

Bluenose Girl-

"these words your sure to here"

Most likely you meant to type:

"these words you're sure to hear"

It ain't easy to get lyrics tidied up!

Thanks! We're making progress.

Charley Noble


14 Sep 12 - 03:09 PM (#3404697)
Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: maeve

This one was pretty much settled by Beer's efforts, with fine-tuning help from Charley Noble and Bluenose Girl...corrections applied below:

Subject: Lyr Add: RORY GET YOUR DORY (Eddie LeGere)
From: Beer - PM
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 09:31 AM

RORY GET YOUR DORY
(Eddie LeGere)

In Cape Breton Island, down Nova Scotia way,
Lies a little fishing village; they call it Pleasant Bay.
No one ever hurries there; a day seems like a year;
And any time you're passing by, these words you're sure to hear:
    Oh, Rory, get your dory out. There's herring in the bay.
    Do your fooling in the winter time. There's still no time to play.
    Why, what good is blue potatoes, without herring on the plate?
    So pull up your suspenders, b'y, or perhaps we'll be too late.

Big Willie Dan MacDonald, and Rory John McNeil,
Are the finest herring fisherman that ever used the creel.
Known to all Cape Bretoners, from the Bay to Whitney Pier,
Band when Willie Dan meets Rory John, these words you're sure to hear:
    Oh, Rory, get your dory out. There's herring in the bay.
    Put on your old sou'wester, b'y, and we'll be on our way.
    A school of herring in the sea, just waiting to be caught.
    Wee Alex needs a pair of shoes and the baby needs a cot.


Words by: Eddie LeGere
Recorded in Toronto 1966 but written in the early 50s according to what Eddie told me.
Ad.


14 Mar 16 - 10:27 PM (#3778883)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: GUEST,I learned this version in

Oary Dory get your dory, there are herring in the bay
Oary Dory, get your dory, there are herring in the bay
For the herring are like silver shining in the sea
And all that shining silver is there for you and me.

Oary Dory, get your dory, there are herring in the bay
Oary Dory, get your dory, for the herring swim away
For the Herring like the white gull want to live and not to die
And the Herring, like the white gull, have wings on which to fly

Oary Dory got his dory and he went out on the bay
Oary Dory got his dory but the herring'd gone away
For there was oil upon the waters and tankers at the docks
And the herring like the white gull lay dead upon the rocks.


20 Apr 18 - 01:33 PM (#3918764)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: GUEST,Hawk Hickok Huckman

Hi.Writing a book on dories and want to use these song lyrics in the book with credit to Eddie Legere. Can you advise me on whom I might need to get permission from? harleyhawk43@gmail.com


17 May 18 - 05:06 PM (#3925308)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: Jim Dixon

You can hear Eddie LeGere singing RORY GET YOUR DORY at YouTube. The sound quality is so poor that I'm unable to verify that the lyrics posted above are correct in every detail, but at least you can hear what the tune sounds like.


14 May 19 - 01:38 PM (#3992358)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
From: GUEST,Kevin

My dad used to tell me this as a nursery rhyme when I was a tot:

"Rory in the dory and the dory upset. Rory got a duckin' but he didn't get wet"

Same rhythm and cadence as the OP's phrase. Part of the same nursery rhyme? I only ever heard the two lines above but now I wonder if there is more to it.

My dad's also from Nova Scotia (Cape Breton).