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September 2014 • Risselty Rosselty Now Now Now


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Derived from an old Scottish folk song “The Wee Cooper O’ Fife” with a nonsense chorus. It was featured in the Alfred Hitchcock classic film “The Birds.” The tune sounds like dance music from another time.

Lyrics:
[A] I married a wife in the [D] month of [A] June,

Risselty rosselty, now now now!

I carried her off by the [D] light of the [A] moon (in a silver spoon)

Risselty rosselty, hey bombosity, nickety nackety,
retrical quality, willaby wallaby now now now!
She combed her hair but once a year,

Risselty rosselty, now now now!

With every rake she gave a tear,

Risselty rosselty, hey bombosity, nickety nackety,
retrical quality, willaby wallaby now now now!

She swept the floor but once a year,

Risselty rosselty, now now now!

She swore her broom was much too dear,

Risselty rosselty, hey bombosity, nickety nackety,
retrical quality, willaby wallaby now now now!

She churned the butter in dad’s old boot,

Risselty rosselty, now now now!

And for a dasher she uses her foot,

Risselty rosselty, hey bombosity, nickety nackety,
retrical quality, willaby wallaby now now now!

The butter came out a grizzledy gray,

Risselty rosselty, now now now!

The cheese took legs and ran away,

Risselty rosselty, hey bombosity, nickety nackety,
retrical quality, willaby wallaby now now now!


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