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Thread #63739   Message #1039403
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
22-Oct-03 - 12:24 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
Subject: RE: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
Lyr. Add: THE MAGPIES
Denis Glover

When Tom and Elizabeth took the farm
The bracken made their bed,
And Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said.

Tom's hand was strong to the plough
Elizabeth's lips were red,
And Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said.

Year in year out they worked
While the pines grew overhead,
And Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said.

But all the beautiful crops soon went
To the mortgage man instead,
And Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said.

Elizabeth is dead now (it's years ago);
Old Tom went light in the head;
And Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said.

The farm's still there.
Mortgage corporations
Couldn't give it away.
And Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The Magpies said.

The Magpies
Sorry, no music found.

Our magpie, Pica hudsonia, has a large variety of squawks, beeps, clucks and a very raucous Scree-Scree-Scree in addition to a fair repertoire of the calls of other birds. A pair will enjoy teasing cats and dogs. Their reputation is worse than their actions. They are blamed for robbing nests (rare) and are often shot at but they persist.