I got this song from one of England’s funniest folksingers, Mike Harding.
Nick Apollonio – calliope nail
A German clockwinder to Manchester came,
And Peter Von Gherkin was the old German’s name.
All up our street with his little brass bell,
“Some clocks for to wind,” this old German would yell.
I toodalum I toodalum, I toodalum I ay.
I toodalum, I toodalum in the old fashioned way.
I toodalum, I toodalum, I toodalum I ay.
Well I winds ’em by night and I mends ’em by day
ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong
He’s met a young woman in Stephenson Square.
She said as her clock was in need of repair.
She took him upstairs and he followed with delight;
In less than ten minutes, he’d set her clock right
Now this old German was the ladies’ delight;
He often went to ’em by day and by night,
And some went too fast-like, others went too slow,
But nine out o’ ten, he could make ’em all go.
Now while they were busy at what they was at,
When all of a sudden there came a rat-tat,
And in came her hubby who got such a shock,
To see this old German winding up his wife’s clock!
Our clock it was bent and knocked out of repair.
Well that poor old German, he got such a scare,
That never, oh never, for the rest of his life,
Would he wind up the clock of another man’s wife.
*note from Joseph – while the song is performed on this recording in D#, Cliff in fact performs it with the Jovial Crew in D. By request, below is the melody with chords.