Old King Cole


Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his wife and her chambermaids three,
For ev'ry wife has chambermaids, all three pretty fair and trim.
Padee padee padum for the wife
Ketee ketee ketum for the maids.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his wife and his fiddlers three,
For ey'ry fiddler kin play well, for a very fine fiddle has he.
Ee-tidle lidle lidle for the fiddle,
Padee padee padum for the wife
Ketee ketee ketum for the maids.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his wife and his drummers three,
For ey'ry drummer kin play well, for a very fine drum has he.
Ee-robedee bedum for the drum,
Ee-tidle lidle lidle for the fiddle,
Padee padee padum for the wife
Ketee ketee ketum for the maids.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his wife and his fifers three, 
For ev'ry fifer kin play well, for a very fine fife has he.
Ee-tulelu lelum for the fife
Ee-robedee bedum for the drum,
Ee-tidle lidle lidle for the fiddle,
Padee padee padum for the wife
Ketee ketee ketum for the maids.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his wife and his harpers three, 
For ey'ry harper kin play well, for a very fine harp has he,
Ee-clame clame clame for the harp
Ee-tulelu lelum for the fife
Ee-robedee bedum for the drum,
Ee-tidle lidle lidle for the fiddle,
Padee padee padum for the wife
Ketee ketee ketum for the maids.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his wife and his preachers three,
For ey'ry preacher kin preach well, for a very fine sermon has he.
God bless your soul! for the preacher,
Ee-clame clame clame for the harp
Ee-tulelu lelum for the fife
Ee-robedee bedum for the drum,
Ee-tidle lidle lidle for the fiddle,
Padee padee padum for the wife
Ketee ketee ketum for the maids.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his wife and his sailors three, 
For ev'ry sailor can curse well, for a very hot temper has he.
De'il take your soul! for the sailor,
God bless your soul! for the preacher,
Ee-clame clame clame for the harp
Ee-tulelu lelum for the fife
Ee-robedee bedum for the drum,
Ee-tidle lidle lidle for the fiddle,
Padee padee padum for the wife
Ketee ketee ketum for the maids.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his wife and his farmers three
For ey'ry farmer kin plough well, for a very fine team has he.
 Horse bucke dam! for the farmer
De'il take your soul! for the sailor,
God bless your soul! for the preacher,
Ee-clame clame clame for the harp
Ee-tulelu lelum for the fife
Ee-robedee bedum for the drum,
Ee-tidle lidle lidle for the fiddle,
Padee padee padum for the wife
Ketee ketee ketum for the maids.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.

Adapted from Ovide Soucy's version, Temiscouata, Quebec.

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