The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #113486   Message #2412753
Posted By: Steve Gardham
13-Aug-08 - 02:57 PM
Thread Name: The Cuckoo Bird question
Subject: RE: The Cuckoo Bird question
The Cuckoo is one of those lyric pieces that easily transmutes into other songs and has done so for centuries so you're quite likely to find what have become some of its stock verses in a wide variety of other similar lament-for-lost-love/ regret lyrics. This side of the pond its verses can be found in 17thc broadside ballads such as 'The Young Man's Lamentation' at the Bodleian Broadside Ballad website. Douce Ballads 2 (261b). The image is very obscured. I have a transcription online and will post its reference in a few minutes when I can find it.