Gee, there's not much on this song in the Traditional Ballad Index, just a citation from Folksinger's Wordbook.:
KookaburraDESCRIPTION: "Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree, Merry merry king of the bush is he, Laugh, kookaburra, laugh, kookaburra, Gay your life must be."
AUTHOR: Marion Sinclaie (?) (Source: Davey/Seal)
EARLIEST DATE: 1973
KEYWORDS: animal nonballad
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Silber-FSWB, p. 413, "Kookaburra" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, _A Guide to Australian Folklore_, Kangaroo Press, 2003, p. 201, "(Kookaburra)" (1 short text)
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