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WIDDLE WADDLE. English, Air (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Martin's English Dictionary (1749) gives: "Widdle-Waddle, v. 'going sidling, or rolling from side to side as a duck does when it walks.'" The air was sung in John O'Keeffe's (1747-1833) The Castle of Andalusia, sung by Mr. Rider.

The Prado I resorted,
That brilliant place,
That brilliant place,
This comely person sported,
All drest in lace, All drest in lace 'Twas all about reported, And no disgrace, And no disgrace, The ancient maid I courted, Like this pretty face, This pretty face. When first my person blest her, Sir, what d' ye want, Sir, what d' ye want, And when I'd have carest her, Indeed you sha'n't, Indeed you sha'n't. So cunning I addrest her, With sight and pant, With sigh and pant, That soon I kiss'd and prest her, I'm so gallant, I'm so gallant. My fair in wit so arch is, I'm her dawdle, I'm her dawdle, My very foul she searches, Shakes her noddle, Shakes her noddle. My heart with love she parches, My blood does coddle, My blood does coddle, And like a duck she marches, Widdle Waddle, Widdle Waddle.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Reels and Rants), 1997; No. 197, p. 46.

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