McTavish is Dead
DESCRIPTION: "Oh, McTavish is dead and his brother doesn't know it, His brother is dead and McTavish doesn't know it. They're both of them dead and they're lying in bed And neither one knows that the other is dead."
EARLIEST DATE: 1988
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 122, "McTavish Is Dead" (1 text, tune referenced)
cf. "The Irish Washerwoman" (tune)
MacTavish is Dead
NOTES: Said to have been used as mouth music for dancing. Presumably it is one of the several attempts to provide a lyric for "The Irish Washerwoman" -- in this case, probably just to help remember the tune. - RBW
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