Aye, lads, it’s chilly
But not as chilly as our boy Willie!
You see, he’s dead.
So goes an old family refrain. It comes out often during the winter, especially when someone remarks that “it’s a bit chilly.”
There’s a particular cadence, too:
Person 1: “Aye lads, it’s chilly.”
Person 2 (not in the least bit somber): “Not as chilly as our boy Willie.”
Everyone (in a cheerful chorus): “You see, he’s dead!“
We’ve lost the genesis of it, but Megh thinks there was a second refrain as well. “Something about being colder than a witch’s tit,” she says, but can’t remember more.