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Thread #15048   Message #132447
Posted By: Liam's Brother
05-Nov-99 - 10:38 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mr Radalum? / Raddle-um / Crabfish etc.
Subject: Lyr Add: THE CRABFISH
The song is The Crabfish and I learned most of the words from Donal Maguire. Donal is from Drogheda, Co. Louth. He went with his parents to live in Manchester when he was 16. He is a regular on the British folk circuit, a terrific singer, a former student of the late Ewan MacColl. One extra verse came from Mick Moloney. The timing of the request is uncanny because I would ordinarily only see either of them once every few years but I'll be staying with both of them in the next 10 days.

This song is very widespread in one version or another... some pretty vulgar.

Here are the words. Words and music are in my collection: A Bonnie Bunch of Roses, Oak Publications, 1983. Folk-Legacy has it in case anyone's interested. You can find it through our website


Oh, there was a little man and he had a little horse
And he saddled it, bridled it and threw his leg across.
Mister raddle-um, faddle-um
Oh, Mister raddle-um, faddle-um a-day.

He rode, he rode till he came to brook
And there he saw a fisherman, a-fishing with his hook.

"Fisherman, oh fisherman, oh fisherman," says he,
"Have you got a lobster that you can sell to me?"

"No sir, no sir, no sir," says he,
"But I've got a crabfish that I will sell to thee."

Well he grabbed the crabfish by the backbone,
Put it o'er his shoulder and galloped off home.

Well when he got home he couldn't find a dish,
So he put it in the pot where his missus used to pish.

In the middle of the night, she got up to squat
And the crabfish grabbed her by the glory-be-to-God!

"Oh, husband, oh husband, oh husband come hither,
The devil's in the pish pot and got me on his tether."

Well, she grabbed the brush and he grabbed the broom
And the beat the little crabfish all around the room.

They beat him on the head and they beat him in the side
And they beat him in the bollix till the poor old bugger died.

Now the moral of this story is very plain to see:
Take a good look in the pish pot before you take a pee.