“Dicky Dash”


Dicky Dash takes Miss Beal to a dance but has to sell his shirt to raise admission. During the dance a shawl is stolen. Everyone is searched. When they search Dickie and find he has no shirt Miss Beal has nothing further to do with him.

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Dicky Dash
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From MacEdward Leach, Folk Ballads & Songs of the Lower Labrador Coast,
#64, pp. 172-173. "Sung by Alex Letto, Lance au Clair, July 1960."

Dicky Dash it is my name;
I'm up to everything that gains.
My occupation, bless the mark,
I'm what you call a barber's clerk.

Come all you young men where ever you be,
A warning now just take by me,
To keep your feelings from getting hurt.
Don't never go courtin' without a shirt.

(Stanzas 1, 12 of 12)


  1. Leach-Labrador 64, "Dicky Dash" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST LLab064 (Partial)
  3. Roud #5280 and 9986
  4. BI, LLab064


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Leach-Labrador)
Found in: Canada(Newf)