Diddie Wa Diddie
DESCRIPTION: Double entendre. Singer describes several awkward situations involving "Diddie Wa Diddie," lamenting "I wish somebody would tell me what Diddie Wa Diddie means." He gets thrown out of church "'Cause I talk about Diddie Wa Diddie too much."
AUTHOR: Label ledger says "Davis-Blake"; no hint who Davis might have been
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (recording, Blind Blake)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Double entendre. Singer describes several awkward situations involving "Diddie Wa Diddie," lamenting in the chorus "I wish somebody would tell me what Diddie Wa Diddie means." A girl who's four foot four asks him to give her some more Diddie Wah Diddie. In church, he puts his hand on a seat, and a woman sits on it, saying "You sure is sweet." He tells her he'll soon be gone, just "give me that thing you're sitting on." He gets thrown out of church "'Cause I talk about Diddie Wa Diddie too much."
KEYWORDS: sex questions bawdy
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,SE)
Blind [Arthur] Blake, "Diddie Wa Diddie" (Paramount 12888, 1929)
Bill Cox, "Didi Wa Didi" (Vocalion 05191/Conqueror 9219, 1939) [Note: I have not heard this record, so cannot verify that it's the same song.]
Diddy Wa Diddy
Diddie Wah Diddy
NOTES [106 words]: The narrative is minimal, but it's there.
It's hard to know where to assign a FOUND IN for this song; Mr. Blake may have been born in Florida or Virginia; he lived in Chicago (at least for a time), and recorded in Wisconsin.
The similarly-titled "Diddy Wah Diddy" was composed by Willie Dixon and Elias "Bo Diddley" McDaniel, and recorded in 1955. It's a different song; in Dixon & McDaniel's piece "Diddy Wah Diddy" is a place of ease and contentment, similar to the Big Rock Candy Mountain, whereas in the Blake record it's a (sexual) thing.
In a sequel to this song, Blake sings "I just found out what Diddie Wa Diddie means." -PJS
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