Dance to Your Daddy

DESCRIPTION: "Dance to your daddy, my little laddie, Dance to your daddy, my little man. You shall have a fish and you shall have a fin, You shall have a coddlin' when the boat comes in." The child is told that he will grow up, marry, and love the girl his whole life
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd2)
KEYWORDS: dancing family father nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North),Scotland(Aber,Bord)), Ireland US(Ap)
REFERENCES (11 citations):
Stokoe/Reay, pp. 76-77, "Dance Ti' Thy Daddy" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan8 1562, "Dance to Your Daddy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lyle-Crawfurd2 187, "Dance to Your Daddy" (1 text)
OCroinin-Cronin 47, "Dance For Your Daddy-O" (5 texts, 1 tune)
Opie-Oxford2 123, "Dance to your daddy" (3 texts)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #563, p. 229, "(Dance to your daddy)"
Montgomerie-ScottishNR 104, "(Dance to your daddy)" (1 text)
Ritchie-Southern, p. 83, "Dance to Your Daddy" (1 short text partly rewritten by Jean Ritchie, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 409, "Dance To Your Daddy" (1 text)
DT, DANCEDAD* DANCDAD2*
ADDITIONAL: Robert Chambers, The Popular Rhymes of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1870 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 18, ("Dance to your daddie")

Roud #2439
RECORDINGS:
Elizabeth Cronin, "Dance to Your Daddy" (on Lomax42, LomaxCD1742); "Dance For Your Daddy-O" (on IRECronin01)
Ritchie Family, "Dance To Your Daddy" (on Ritchie03)

ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Little Fishy
NOTES: This appears, from the dialect and the unusually full form found in Stokoe, to have originated in Northumbria in England. But there are a lot of filed-down versions; I'm not entirely sure whether these are traditional or pop-folksingers' attempts to make the song more accessible to urban audiences - RBW
Jean Ritchie notes that she sings this song to her son; she doesn't say it's one she learned from her family, but she hints that she did, so I include, "FOUND IN US(Ap)". However, at this point in her life she'd done folklore research in Britain and may have picked it up there. - PJS
See Tim Coughlan, Now Shoon the Romano Gillie, (Cardiff,2001), #160, p. 413, "Grib to your Naiskel" [Scotto-Romani/Tinklers' Cant fragment from MacColl and Seeger, Till Doomsday in the Afternoon (1986)]. - BS
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