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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBedmaking
Roud No.1631
Collected FromUnknown
LocationUnknown
CountyUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 530
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

My father was a gay old man
He sent me too service when I was young
My mistress and me could never agree
Because my master he would love me

Chorus

Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
My mistress and me could never agree
Because my master he would love me

Verse 2

I went upstairs to make her bed
Nice and easy for her head
The master followed after with a gay gold ring
Take this Betty for your bedmaking

Chorus

Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
The master followed after with a gay gold ring
Take this Betty for your bedmaking

Verse 3

My mistress followed me with ease
She caught me all around the waist
Right to the bottom she did me fling
Take this Betty for your bedmaking

Chorus

Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
Right to the bottom she did me fling
Take this Betty for your bedmaking

Verse 4

First in the kitchen then in the hall
Then in the parlour before them all
They all asked me where I had been
I told them with the master a-bedmaking

Chorus

Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
They all asked me where I had been
I told them with the master a-bedmaking

Verse 5

My mistress she turned me out of the doors
She called me several nasty words
She told me to travel till my shoes where thin
And then I should remember the bedmaking

Chorus

Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
She told me to travel till my shoes where thin
And then I should remember the bedmaking

Verse 6

Six months was o'er and ten had come
This pretty little damsel she proved a son
She took it too the church and she had it named John
And she sent it home to the gay old man

Chorus

Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
Tiddy for the rido tiddy for the ray
She took it too the church and she had it named John
And she sent it home to the gay old man
 
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Notes
A typescript in the file gives the location of the two parts of the song which are elsewhere in the file. The spelling is as the manuscript. The text just says chorus and I have chosen to use the convention of repeating the last two lines of each verse in this transcription. It may not be an accurate interpretation, but it is a common usage.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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