This is a silly little ditty I started writing back in 2016, forgot about, then rediscovered and finished in 2019. Dardledumdue is a dialect word from East Anglia in the east of England, and means daydreamer. I think I first heard it on a podcast, liked it, and thought I could write a song using it.

It appears in Susie Dent's book, How to Talk Like a Local: From Cockney to Geordie

I made up the word gnop as I wanted another word beginning with gn for some kind of creature, but couldn't find one. A gnop can be whatever you want it to be.


I am a gnu, I live in a shoe
I dream about teapots
and play the kazoo

Dardledumdue, dardledumdue
Dardledum, dardldum, dardledumdue

I am a gnat, I wear a cravatte
I like playing scrabble
And live under a hat

I am a gnome, I live on a dome
I like wadding through custard
And swimming in foam

I am a gnop, I run a small shop
I like knitting knotweed
But know when to stop

Here's a recording made in June 2019 featuring soprano and baritone ukuleles, kazoo, shaky egg and swanee whistle:

Simon Ager Dardledumdue

Songs I've written

The Elephant Song | When you get to jiggit | Chaos | Winter | Everyday adventures | Hints of Blossom | A Panda in a Poncho | Plinkin Plookplooks | Spollagyn son tey | How Many Roads? | A Gnu in My Shoe | A Hen in My Hat | The Ballad of the Wug and the Cra | La Plume de ma Tante | Ukuleles On The Shore | Echoes on the Tongue | Dardledumdue | It's Okay To Be Odd | Monday Morning | Tall Tales | Sail Across The Sky | Two Left Feet | Thunder River | Ning | Lazybones | Goats | The Toaster Song | Hello Hi Hey | Thingamajig | Jolly Yuletide | The Pliffploff | Bubbles | Distraction | Little Lions | The Little Green Owl | Pannas Owen | Seize The Day | Music in the Air | Pocket Hedgehogs | Dust | Lillilu | Lost in a Good Book | Quiet Please | Ffaldiral | Melting 😅 | That's When We'll Do That Thing | As Easy As | What Did I Come In Here For? | Upside Down | Thoir An Aire! | Ho Ha Hey | Patience | Time | Farewell | Stuff and Nonsense | Ruith Air Falbh / Run Away! | The Other Side | Colourless Green Ideas | Noodling

Other songs


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