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Thread #61809   Message #995407
Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Aug-03 - 01:31 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Cluck Old Hen
Subject: ADD Version: Cluck Old Hen (Proffitt/Warner)
Here's the version from Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne & Frank Warner Collection. The Warners collected it from Frank Proffitt in 1941. Sandy Paton recorded Proffitt singing this song in 1962, and the lyrics are almost the same [Folk-Legacy Records #FSA-1, Frank Proffitt of Reese, North Carolina (click for sample)]


Cluck old hen, cluck and squall
You ain't laid an egg since away last fall
Cluck old hen, cluck and sing
You ain't laid an egg since away last sprong spring

I have got
A good old hen
She lays eggs
For railroad men

My old hen
She won't do
She lays eggs
And taters too

The old hen cackled
Cackled in the lot
Next time she cackled
She cackled in the pot

one more verse the Warners got from Tom P. Smith of West Virginia:Click here to search JC's ABC Tune Finder for this tune.