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Thread #108671 Message #3952915
Posted By: Mo the caller
26-Sep-18 - 07:41 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Repetitive/cumulative songs
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Repetitive/cumulative songs
"From: Jim Carroll - PM
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 12:01 PM
This was sung by an old farmer in West Clare and was included on the double CD 'Around The Hills of Clare'.
I have left in the note.
Kerry Cock (Roud 544)
…..William Wells Newell described it as having been widely distributed throughout Europe and dating back to a remote past. Nowadays it is probably best known in its re-written form as Old MacDonald's Farm."
The EFDSS journal printed the lyrics (both polite and other versions) to In the Fields of Frost and Snow. I knew it as a Playfordtype dance and hadn't realised the Old MacDonald connection.
As a poultry keeper I liked the hen verse - so true.
Cackle, cackle here. cackle cackle there
Here a cack, there a cack
Here and there a cack