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Dance To Your Daddy is a traditional English folk song, originating in Northumberland.

It was popularised as the theme tune to the 1970s BBC drama serial When The Boat Comes In in an arrangement by the composer David Fanshawe.

The song was also used in the TV advertisement for Young's fish, Sea to Plate campaign.

The Wiggles sing their version of this song in Taking Off!.

Song Credits

Taking Off!


  • Written by: Traditional
  • Arranged by: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie
  • Published by: Wiggly Tunes Pty Ltd
  • Vocals: Lachlan Gillespie
  • Piano: Lachlan Gillespie
  • Music Produced by: Anthony Field
  • Music Recorded at: Hot Potato Studios, Sydney
  • Music Recorded by: Jeff McCormack
  • Music Mixed by: Alex Keller
  • Mastered by: Don Bartley

Song Lyrics

Dance to your Daddy, my little laddy

Dance to your Daddy, my little lamb

You shall have a fishy on a little dishy

you shall have a fishy the boat comes in.

Dance to your daddy, my little laddy

dance to your daddy my little lamb


  • The Taking Off! version plays in C whereas the Lachy! version plays in E.