The Cuckoo

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Publication date
1847
Language
English
Comments
First published in the 1847 edition of "Popular Rhymes of Scotland", edited by Robert Chambers. Roud 413 in the Roud Folk Music Index. Also known as "Coo Coo", "A-Walking and A-Talking", "Pretty Girl Is Like a Little Bird", "I'm Sad and I'm Lonesome".

As with all traditionals, both melody and lyrics may vary a lot. At the core, the song tells us the cuckoo is "a fine (or pretty) bird" and that it not hollers/sings untill the Spring or "the fourth day of July". In general, most versions named 'Coo Coo' follow the Ashley variant, a jumble of unrelated verses, while the 'Cuckoo' versions are more coherent.

Added by Quentin

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