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Lyr Req: Cuckoo's Nest (John Hartford)

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GUEST,TomServo 28 Mar 08 - 10:52 AM
Jim Dixon 29 Mar 08 - 02:16 PM
GUEST 13 Apr 11 - 01:46 PM
Gallus Moll 13 Apr 11 - 08:12 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Johnny Hartford - Cuckoo's Nest
From: GUEST,TomServo
Date: 28 Mar 08 - 10:52 AM

Hi,

   I'm looking for the lyrics to Johnny Hartford's
version of "Cuckoo's Nest"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Johnny Hartford - Cuckoo's Nest
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Mar 08 - 02:16 PM

John Hartford (I never heard of him going by the name "Johnny") recorded CUCKOO'S NEST on his album "Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly: A John Hartford Anthology," 1982. John Hartford wrote the lyrics to the traditional tune.

I heard these lyrics in a sound sample:
    Dream a dream a dream of you
    A tiny dancer in a field of blue
    A pointed toe …
    Bendin' … so lowly
    It's your raven hair that makes me mad
    Your insane eyes that make me sad
    A California feelin' and a Mississippi smile
    That makes me come on slowly.

    It's tryin' to be real cool and soft
    So …
Yonder Mountain String Band also recorded Hartford's lyrics, under the title COO COO'S NEST, on their album "Mountain Tracks, Vol. 3," but the lyrics aren't the same. I found these lyrics at http://parolesmania.fr/paroles/yonder-mountain-string-band/cuckoo's-nes.html and corrected them a bit based on my hearing of another sound sample.
    Dream a little dream o' you
    With your golden hair and your eyes so blue
    Li-like a song Tchaikovsky plays
    It makes me come on slowly

    Raven hair that makes me mad
    It's your insane smile that makes me glad
    It's the California dreamin' and the Mississippi smile
    That makes me come on slowly.

    Tryin' to be real cool and soft
    Won't take a chance o' turnin' you off
    Watchin' how you operate when the chips are down
    That makes me come on slowly.

    It isn't that I wanna wanna make it all come true
    Baby if I had a chance to be in love with you
    Watchin' how you're operating when the chips are down
    That makes me come on slowly.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cuckoo's Nest (John Hartford)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Apr 11 - 01:46 PM

Dream a little dream of you
a tiny dancer in a field of blue
a pointed toe as Tchaikovsky plays
bended down so lowly
it's your raven hair that makes me mad
your insane eyes that make me sad
the California feeling and the Mississippi smile
that makes me come on slowly
it's tryin to be real cool and soft
so I won't take the chance and turn you off
and not to get to know you just because of love
that makes me come on slowly
it isn't that I wouldn't want to make it all come true
baby if I had the chance to be alone with you
it's watching how you operate when the chips are down
that makes me come on slowly
(then he repeats the last verse)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cuckoo's Nest (John Hartford)
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 13 Apr 11 - 08:12 PM

I know a completely different traditional Scottish song called The Cuckoo's Nest -- - -


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