At our village street party I was speaking to one of our neighbours who is now in her 70s. She knows I am interested in folk music and started telling me about a song she learnt from her grandmother, her cousin was there and they sung it to me, a very nice job they made of it too.
She said that she had never come across the song other than in her own family. I must admit it is not familiar to me either.
It looks a bit like a Victorian parlour song, has anyone else come across anything like it.
THE MOO COW SONG
Walking through the fields , it happened by the way
Mother Cow I had to pass lying down upon the grass
Do you eat or drink or do the cud you chew
Tell me do what good are you, moo cow moo
Moo moo moo she answered and she meant to say
Night and morning without fail Mary comes with stool and pail
To the dairy then she takes my milk away,
Butter, cream and cheese to please you get next day
When I'm dead the butcher sells my meat to you
Master tanner takes my hide and of what is left beside
People take my horns, my hooves they take for glue
And that's the end my little friend of moo cow moo.