Throw the Beetle at Her
X: 1 T: Throw the Beetle at Her! T: Caith an tSlis L\'ei! S: B.Breathnach:"Ceol Rince na hEireann" IV/43 Z: B.Black L: 1/8 M: 9/8 R: slipjig F:http://www.john-chambers.us/~jc/music/abc/mirror/redhawk.org/zouki/CRE4.abc K:Emin B2E EDE c2A|B2E E2G FED|B2E EDE c2A|ABc dAG FED :| G2B BAB BAB|G2B BAB AFD|G2B BAB BAB|ABc dAG FED| G2B BAB BAB|G2B BAB AFD|G2B BAB BAB|ABc dAG FGA ||
THROW THE BEETLE AT HER (Caith an tslis léi). Irish, Slip Jig (9/8 time). E Minor (‘A’ part) & G Major (‘B’ part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A 'beetle' is the name in parts of northern Ireland and Scotland for a heavy wooden implement shaped like a pestle or club that was used to mash potatoes (sometimes called a 'potato-beetle'), and colloquially used as a verb meaning 'to give a beating to', as in "I'll beetle him!." An Irish nursery rhyme goes:
There was an old woman who lived in a lamp,
She had ho room to beetle her champ.
She's up with her beetle and broke the lamp,
And then she had room to beetle her champ.
Champ refers to a mixture of milk, mashed potatoes, butter and onions. However, it was usually a man's job to mash the tubs of potatoes.