I Wish I Was a Bobbie
I wish I was a bobbie,
A big fat bobbie,
To wash ma mither's lobby
Wi' washin' sodie.
And when the sodie meltit,
Then I was skelpit;
I said I couldnae help it,
But oh I felt it!
M.S., Fife, c. 1941. Ritchie Singing Street (1964), 17,
a "back-green ballad" from Edinburgh, dated to early in
the century; differs 1.1 I widnie be 2.2 I got my ear
skelpit 2.3 And tho' 2.4 By God. Lines 1-4 in Rodger
Lang Strang (1948), 9; var. "Wi' soft soap and sodie."