I was watching one out my kitchen window this morning, and the thought occured to me, depending on how you pronounce the word it could have a lot of different usages in songs (i.e. rhyming possibilities).
I prefer what I consider to be the more "traditional" pronunciation, if I can spell it correctly it would be - "ko-YO-tay". However, the most popular pronunciation around these parts, at least, is - "kai-YO-tee" or its derivation, "KAI-yote".
Me thinks that if you sang it "ko-YO-tay" in a song, no one would know which varmit you were talking about.
(BTW, I think they are beautiful animals in their own right, and would love to incorporate some of the beauty of their songs in the songs I sing. If you've ever heard a pack of coyotes sing right at dawn or dusk you know what I mean.)
As a follow-up question, what are some songs that involve coyotes? I'd like to form a list.