THE CUCKOO
 
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The cuckoo was a cuckooing the breeze it is
As a maiden fair with eyes of recketts blue
Down in a dell down on her bended knees it is
Was gathering wild mushrooms for a stew
She laid her hat aside. I don't know which side
And the Summer fly went skating o'er her brow
At the sound of foot on fell her bosom heavities
Then someone sat beside her. 'Twas a cow.

Chorus: The cuckoo, the cuckoo
That cow sat on her hat then madly shuckoo
For the hatpin made it shiver.
Then he kicked her in the river
And the cuckoo, the cuckoo, the cuckoo.


The cuckoo was a-cuckooing in the trees it is
As a pair of lovers glidded down the glade
You couldn't see her face for she was laughing
At the tales of love he told the merry maid
He was bent on catching tiddlers in the brooklet
She was bent on catching him but Í kindly note
He cast his hook, just then the maiden yawn-ed
And the fishing hook went fishing down her throat.

Chorus: The cuckoo, the cuckoo
That fish-hook in her jugular it stuckoo
For the bait in vain they sought it
She, the early bird had caught it
And the cuckoo, the cuckoo, the cuckoo.


The cuckoo was a-cuckooing in it's nest it is
As a pair of lovers sat upon a beam
Her kiss curl was reposing on his chest it is
As they watched the fish mixed bathing in the stream
She heaved a sigh which broke the beam they sat on
He tumbled in the stream and murmured 'Sue
I am drowning dear, jump in my love and kiss me
Save my life or I can't marry you.

Chorus: The cuckoo, the cuckoo
She retired and then threw her cork leg in the brookoo
He clutched it, got saved, great laughter
And they married shortly after
And the cuckoo, the cuckoo, the cuckoo.
 
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Performed by Nellie Wallace (1870-1948)
 
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