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Doc Origins: The Magpie (David Dodds) (60* d) Lyr/Chords Add: MAGPIE'S NEST (from Peter Kennedy) 09 Dec 96


Hi Martin!

In Peter Kennedy's book "Folksongs of Britain and Ireland" there's a tune called the "Magpie's Nest". He classifies it as a "song of seduction".

[4/4 time]

The lyrics follow:

(C) For if (C) I were a king
Sure, I would make you a queen
I would (Bflat) roll you in my arms
Where the (F) meadows they are green
Yes, I'd (C) roll you in my heart's content
I will (F) sit you (C) down to (F) rest
Long(C) sides me Irish (G) colleen
In the (C) mag-(F) pie's (C) nest

(Chorus: Mouth music at a little quicker pace)
(Am) Skiddly-idle-daddle-diddle- (G) didle-dadle-dum
Di- (Bflat) didle-dadle-dum-daddle- (F) diddle-didle-dum
Skiddly-(C) idle-daddle- (F) diddle-(C) dadle-diddle-didle- (F) dum
I will (C) l'ave you down to (G) rest (G7) in the (C) mag- (F) pie's (C) nest

For the magpie's nest
It is a cottage neat and clean
It stands 'longside the Shannon
Where the meadows they are green
But I never met a colleen
With such beauties blest
Like the little Irish fairy
In the magpie's nest

For I have wandered all through Kerry
I have wandered all through Clare
From Dublin down to Galway
From there to God knows where
But I never met a colleen
With such beauties blest
Like the little Irish fairy
In the magpie's nest

Hope this helps - beware of the chord changes in the chorus.
I'm not real good with Skiddly-idle-dums.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 2-May-03.


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