Henrik Norbeck's Song Lyrics

Cod Liver Oil

Sheet Music (and more information about this song)

I'm a young married man and I'm tired of my life,
for lately I've married an ailing young wife.
She does nothing all day only sits down and sigh
"Oh I wish to the Lord that I only could die!"

Then a friend of my own came to see me one day,
and he said that my wife was just pining away,
but he afterwards told me that she would get strong,
if I'd buy her a bottle from Doctor De Jongh.

Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh doctor De Jongh,
your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong.
I'm afraid of my life I'll go down in the soil,
if my wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil.

So I bought her a bottle - 'twas just for to try,
And the way that she scoffed it, you would swear she was dry.
I bought her another, and it went just the same,
'til I own she's got cod liver oil on her brain!


Now my house it resembles a big doctor's shop,
with bottles and bottles from bottom to top,
and when in the morning the kettle does boil,
you'd swear it was singing out "Cod liver oil"!


Comp: Words by Johnny Burke (1851-1930), St. John's, Newfoundland.

Discography: The Dubliners

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