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The Tailor and the Mouse

[ Roud 16577 ; trad.]

Shirley Collins sang the children's song from Cecil Sharp's English Folk Songs for Schools, The Tailor and the Mouse, in 1959 on her first LP Sweet England.

Lyrics

There was a tailor had a mouse
Hi diddle um come feed-al
They lived together in one house
Hi diddle um come feed-al

Chorus (after each verse):
Hi diddle um come tarum tirum,
Through the town of Ramsey,
Hi diddle um come over the lea,
Hi diddle um come feed-al

The tailor thought his mouse was ill
He gave him part of a blue pill

The tailor thought the mouse would die
He baked him in an apple pie

The pie was cut, the mouse ran out
The tailor chased him all about

The tailor found his mouse was dead
So he bought another one in his stead