f/e/d Be|ef ed|f/e/d Be|eA d2|!
f/e/d Be|ef ed|f/e/d Be|eA d2:|!
f/a/f ef|af ed|f/a/f ef|af e2|!
f/a/f ef|af ed|f/e/d Be|eA d2:|!
BIDDY MARTIN (Bidí Mháirtín). AKA and see "Betty Martin," "Hi/High Betty Martin," "Tip Toe Fine." Irish, Polka. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Breathnach): AABB (Mallinson). Breathnach (1985) said his source, Leahy, told him this tune was much referred to in dancing schools, as the steps of the reel set to it were easy for youngsters.
Hie, Biddy Martin, tip toe, tip toe,
Hie, Biddy Martin, tip toe, tie.
See also American 'old-time' versions under the titles "Betty Martin," "Tip Toe Fine," etc. While musically different, the American "Betty Martin" tunes retain the character and lyrics of the Irish tune.
Source for notated version: accordion player Tim Leahy, 1968 (Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland) [Breathnach].
Printed source: Breathnach (CRE II), 1976; No. 111, p. 62. Mallinson (100 Polkas), 1997; No. 39, p. 15.
Recorded source: Green Linnet GLCD 3009, Kevin Burke - "If the Cap Fits" (1978. Learned from Co. Cork accordion player Jackie Daly).