Time o Year for Dippin Sheep, The

DESCRIPTION: At sheep-dipping time a farmer takes a minor revenge on a constable -- sent to verify that the procedure is done well -- who had crossed the farmer in the past.
AUTHOR: Buff Wilson (source: McMorland-Scott)
EARLIEST DATE: 1989 (McMorland-Scott)
LONG DESCRIPTION: It is time to dip the sheep by disinfecting them with DDT. A policeman is there to ensure it is done right. This policeman had given the singer's father a speeding ticket in the past; in the heat he says he is dry. Father says, "You're welcome tae aa ye want frae the [unlabelled] bottle by the rail" -- which turns out to be full of DDT. If you run into this policeman now "that's known as 'Dipper Jim' You can bet your last three halfpence -- there ain't no flies on him."
KEYWORDS: farming humorous nonballad sheep police drugs
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
McMorland-Scott, pp. 90-91, 153, "The Time o Year for Dippin Sheep" (1 text)
Roud #21753
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Garden Where the Praties Grow" (tune, per McMorland-Scott)
File: McSc090

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