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Thread #63739 Message #1037829
Posted By: Joybell
18-Oct-03 - 06:57 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
Subject: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
Does anyone know anything about the old crow scaring songs of the British Isles? There is a short entry about them in "The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes" Edited by Iona and Peter Opie.
I have always had a hunch that "The Blue-tail'd Fly" could have been derived from one of them. There are a few crow scaring songs in this book that are very similiar in content. My thoughs are buried in the thread about this song so I thought a new thread might be the way to go.
I am also interested in these songs quite apart from following the hunch.