Cod Liver Oil
Great Big Sea Lyrics


I'm a young married man and I'm tired of life
Ten years I've been wed to a pale sickly wife
She's nothing to do, only sit there and cry
Praying and praying to God she would die
A friend of my own came to see me one day
He told me my wife, she was pining away
He afterwards told me that she would get strong
If I get a bottle from dear Dr John

[Chorus]
Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Dr John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I'm afraid of my life, I'll go down in the soil
If me wife don't stop drinking your cod liver oil

I bought her a bottle, well just for to try
And the way that she drank it
You'd think she might die
I bought her another, it vanished the same
And then she got cod liver oil on the brain
I bought her another, she drank it no doubt
And then she began to get terrible stout
And when she got stout
Well of course she got strong
And I became jealous of dear Dr John

[Chorus]

My house it resembles a great doctor's shop
It's covered in bottles from bottom to top
Well early the morning the kettle does boil
You would swear it was singing of cod liver oil

Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Dr John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I'm afraid of my life, I'll go down in the soil
If me wife don't stop drinking

[Chorus]

Lyrics © LEAN GROUND MUSIC LTD., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: TRAD, Alan Thomas Doyle, Robert Bruce Hallett, Shawn McCann

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Comments from YouTube:

Nicki Smith

My nan used to sing this to me in the early 1970's and I loved it, asking her to sing it over and over again. I could only remember the chorus but began singing it to my little boy recently. He loves it too! It's nice that the old folk songs get a new lease of life.

Jason Beckham

Definitely the best version of this song, thanks great big sea

Ethel Clarke

My Dad had an old 78 of this. As a kid I remember watching him putting it on the portable record player (the Victrola was long gone by then) every time like it was the first time. The 78, as I remember it, had more versus. Thank you for singing this and sharing it -- brought back a lot of really great memories. Dad would have been 108 this month, lovely to be able to relive those days he was with us.

Inxtremis Artist

this one is great, one of their jewels...

TheDude

I'm surprised there's not more people uploading this! Thank you ❤️

Ryan O Reilly

this is amazing, love great big sea!

i must say this song reminds me of Chris De Burgh- The Painter

they both remind me of the same type of theme. both great songs, is it just me?

moshiiiful

I remember this song from grade 6.. (2006) will never forget this song from music class lol

Leighann Ott

Haha it was 2000-2001 for me. 🤣

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@Dakota Davies Njke

Dakota Davies

You mustve had the best music teacher ever

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