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Thread #3289   Message #2770404
Posted By: Artful Codger
21-Nov-09 - 09:10 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Wren in the Furze (Chieftains)
Subject: RE: wren in the furze
Not sure whether this information applies equally well to Kevin Conneff's version, but...

From liner notes for An Irish Christmas: Songs and Music from West Cork:

13. The Wren in the Furze
Another song, perhaps the most known, for "going on the wren", Don sings the song with the tune version, "The Bird in the Bush" interspersed with the lyrics. We're not sure which came first, the reel or the song, but they are at least named for the same phenomenon!