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." MS OCT98
Thanks to Mudcat for the Digital Tradition!