I’m often asked, believe it or not, what the words are that kick off the “Sergeant Malkie Bow’s Consternation” tracks from my Shambolica! and Unqualified Favourites recordings. For the record, the words are, “Mikie, it’s Malkie, you’re a big tumshie…”.
A tumshie, you may know, is a Scots word for turnip and often used in a light derogatory way – if such a way exists – as in “goof” (used by Canadians), fool or numpty, another Scots word.
In honour of Halloween and the old Scots tradition of carving turnips, or tumshies, for Halloween lanterns here’s a tribute to William Henry Hunt‘s, “The Turnip Lantern” (1838).
A real tumshie, for sure. If the candle fits …
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