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open mike 05 Jan 10 - 04:40 AM
Leadfingers 05 Jan 10 - 04:47 AM
MGM·Lion 05 Jan 10 - 04:50 AM
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WalkaboutsVerse 05 Jan 10 - 05:14 AM
Liz the Squeak 05 Jan 10 - 05:16 AM
Liz the Squeak 05 Jan 10 - 05:19 AM
Dave Hanson 05 Jan 10 - 05:23 AM
Jack Blandiver 05 Jan 10 - 05:31 AM
Liz the Squeak 05 Jan 10 - 05:45 AM
Liz the Squeak 05 Jan 10 - 05:49 AM
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Susan of DT 05 Jan 10 - 06:05 AM
Young Buchan 05 Jan 10 - 06:08 AM
GUEST,synbyn no cookie 05 Jan 10 - 07:25 AM
The Sandman 05 Jan 10 - 07:49 AM
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The Sandman 05 Jan 10 - 07:52 AM
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Liz the Squeak 05 Jan 10 - 08:16 AM
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Subject: bird songs...songs about birds
From: open mike
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 04:40 AM

I plan to have my radio show this sat. on the theme of birds...
so i am searching for bird songs...i mean human songs about birds...

several i have found so far..
bird in a cage, KYTRAD
cuckoo,
mockingbird (one morning in May.) Peggy seeger
night bird, Laurie Lewis (she has a whole album of songs aobut birds-
    a benefit for an audubon bird sanctuary)
You were the bird that i held in my hand, Sally Van Meter
Red Tailed hawk, Kate Wolf
Red Winged Blackbird, James Keelahan
Bird on a Wire, Leonard Cohen


any others?

Zippity doo dah, Zippedy ay, ....Mr. Blue bird on my shoulder...


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Leadfingers
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 04:47 AM

No idea if there IS a recording , but 'The Rooster Song' springs to mind - The 'We had some chickens' on ,that is .


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 04:50 AM

I have refreshed the thread "Upon a tree a cuckoo" — on which you can even hear me sing the song if you have a mind. Good luck in your quest, open mike -

Michael [another Mike!]


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: GUEST,Meggly
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 04:51 AM

There's 'Blackbird' by the Unthanks (on their Bairns album).


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 05:14 AM

From my repertoire , I can only think of one, so far - "Country Life" (E. trad.):

"...And I like to hear those small birds singing
Merrily upon their layland..."


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 05:16 AM

Posted in the birdwatching thread before I saw this one...

Open Mike - UK singer Derek Gifford has done a similar thing - he was at Chippenham Festival in 2008 with a whole concert of birdwatching songs - songs that mention birds in them.

'The snow it melts the soonest' Eliza Carthy - mentions woodcock in one of the verses.

There are many tunes and songs about the hunting of the wren, which is right for this time of year (just... Boxing Day and Twelfth Night in certain years)- the Chieftains 'The Bells of Dublin' CD and the Boys of the Lough 'MidWinter Nights Dream' (aka 'Da Day Dawns') has some great ones.

'She moved through the fair' mentions swans....

Then there's Jake Thackery's 'Bantam Cock' which may get you thrown off air...

(Marc Bolan & T-Rex's 'Ride a white swan'?)

At a stretch you could put in 'I'll fly away' from 'Brother, where art thou'?

LTS


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 05:19 AM

Then there are various 'Cuckoo's nest' songs... although they might also get you thrown off air...

LTS


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 05:23 AM

There is a rather good Scottish fiddle tune called ' The Hens March Ower The Midden '

Dave H


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 05:31 AM

Go to Folk Police Recordings Myspace page for our recording of Robin Sick & Weary:

http://www.myspace.com/folkpolicerecordings

If this floats your boat I'll send you the file; there is a shorter one recorded for the forthcoming album which could do with some air-play - though the one on the Folk Police page will feature on John Barleycorn Reborn Volume 2...


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 05:45 AM

'Turkey in the straw' or 'Cuckoo waltz' for the musos?

Artisan's recording of 'What's the use of wings' is good, 'Galway Shawl' mentions linnets, 'Twa Corbies' by Steeleye Span is another good one.... Coope, Boyes and Simpson's recordings of 'She's like a swallow', 'Wild Goose Shanty' and 'Pleasant and delightful' are worth a spin, what with those larks being melodious all over the place...

'Hear the nightingale sing' is the chorus to a song I can't quite place at the moment... where the soldier sits down beside her and gets out a one string fiddle...

Jim Causleys' 'The carnal and the crane' - although it could have your listeners wondering if their radios have broken - it's very low and slow. Steeleye and Vaughan-Williams have both recorded/composed music about larks in the morning/clear air/ascending... Steeleye went one further with 'Fly up my cock'....

Rod Shearman's 'Song of the Sea' mentions gulls and is a beautiful piece...

That should keep you going for a while!

LTS

LTS


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 05:49 AM

Of course, you could throw in Tom Lehrer's 'Poisoning Pigeons', for the pigeon haters amongst us....

LTS


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: s&r
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 06:00 AM

Baltimore Oriole (Billy Ed Wheeler) as performed by the late great Isaac Guillory

Stu


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Susan of DT
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 06:05 AM

There are 101 songs in the DT with a keyword of bird


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Young Buchan
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 06:08 AM

Get the Kleenex out and do Song of the Thrush. I can't find it in DT so here are the words. If you don't know the tune there are recordings by Bob Hart and Fred Jordan. If you want dots there are scans of the sheet music at www.catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/45601

Years ago in the wilds of Australia
Out in the goldfields there once stood a camp.
The miners were made up of all sorts of classes
With many a scapegoat and many a scamp.
Then into their midst came a young man from England
And with him he brought a small thrush in a cage.
To hear the bird sing they would flock round in dozens
That sweet little songster became all the rage
CHO There fell a deep hush
As the song of the thrush
Was heard by that motley throng.
Many a rough fellow's eyes grew dim
As the bird sang out clear and strong.
Eyes lighted up with a bright yearning look
As the bird sang it's beautiful lay
It brought to their minds.
Dear old England at home
Thousands of miles away.

Rough were those miners all fierce-looking fellows,
Yet they were human and worshipped that bird.
When quarrels arose they would break off and listen
If only the voice of their favourite they heard.
All round for miles he at last got quite famous,
On Sunday the miners Would come from afar,
And many declared they preferred the bird's singing
To the cards and the dice in the rough liquor bars.

Ofttimes they'd think of the cornfields and meadows,
And many's the quiet little country lane;
And hearts ached and yearned as they thought of some village,
And she they had dearly loved, but all in vain.
When the bird sang all those hard fellows listened.
Perhaps they got tired of the bird? No such thing!
As one rough expressed it 'It came like an angel;
And it makes you feel good, like, to hear the bird sing."


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: GUEST,synbyn no cookie
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 07:25 AM

yup, Giff's your man- he can recognise a wren from miles off! and he talks as engagingly as he sings.... look for Derek Gifford....
no I'm not him!


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 07:49 AM

the cuckoo ,version with concertina and clarinet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfNZwCAhGJE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGoYfU2-A54.
the furze field features pheasants
little birdie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xssNhhNCvNk


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 07:50 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGoYfU2-A54.the furze field mentions pheasants


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 07:52 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfNZwCAhGJE the furze field


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 07:55 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGoYfU2-A54 the cuckoo with clarinet and concertina


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: SINSULL
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 07:58 AM

Mollymauk


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 08:16 AM

"the cuckoo with clarinet and concertina" - that's one clever cuckoo!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 08:38 AM

they are clever ,they are even imitating Percy Edwards.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Jacob B
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 09:19 AM

The Crow On The Cradle. Pete Seeger has recorded a version.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 09:23 AM

'Sing John Bull' - no idea who has a recording of it, I only have Cllr in a field recording (and I bet he doesn't know I have it), but it mentions crow likes a cock and carol likes a lark or something....

LTS


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 10:28 AM

banks of the reedy lagoon.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Arnie
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 10:31 AM

The Yetties with 'I know where there's a blackbird's nest, I know where he be......'


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: SINSULL
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 10:36 AM

My ole hen
Is a good ole hen
She lays eggs for the railroad men
Sometimes eight
Sometimes ten
Plenty of eggs for the railroad men.
Cluck ole hen
Cluck when I tell ya
Cluck ole hen or I'm a gonna sell ya.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: bubblyrat
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 10:50 AM

"There'll be Bluebirds over,
      The white cliffs of Dover "    etc.

"Great Speckled Bird "    ....Roy Acuff ?? I thought you Americans would have got that one !

" When the red,red ,Robin,comes bob,bob,bobbing along"....

"Cluck Old Hen", or did someone say that already?

" May the Bird of Paradise fly up your nose" ( a thread all on its own !)
          From rural England ;
               
          " Blackbird ! I'll 'ave 'ee !"

"There's an old cock Pheasant,and he ain't too pleasant, up the clump (up the clump ,up the clump,up the clump)"

"Albatross"   ( a hit single instrumental for British group Fleetwood Mac )

" Oh ! For the wings,for the wings of a dove !"

" The Robin and The Wren"
            
plus;
"Love the one you're with "by C, S,& N --mentions Eagle & Dove I believe !

And of course " Foul Owl on the prowl " !! This is fun !!


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: LesB
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 10:51 AM

Check out Derek Giffords "Birds in Folksong",
Derek Gifford
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: JohnB
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 10:54 AM

Why not play the David Francy version of Red Winged Blackbird, after all he did write the song.
Tune : Lark in the Clear Air.
Songs: Pleasant and Delightful (and the Larks they Sang Melodious)
Mocking Bird, Ike and Tina Turner.
My Blue Heaven (when the whiperwhill calls)
Tweleve days of Christmas would still be legal if you use the "old" calendar

Just for a lark "There She was just a walking down the street"
the Do wah diddy diddy song by Manfred Mann, after all we called the fairer sex "birds" back then.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: bubblyrat
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 10:58 AM

Oh God,I can't stop now !

"Where Ravens Feed"

    "When Whipoorwills call" ( sorry about spelling)

       " The Lark in the morning
               she rises from her nest,
         and goes off into the air,
             with the dew all on her breast "

    NB two good tunes for this one, one by "The Johnstones", and the by "Steeleye Span", I think.

               Of course !! "A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square"


going for a lie down, now.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: open mike
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 12:22 PM

the one about hearing the nightengale sing...is ONe Morning in may

oh and i just thought of this one--was it done by simon and garfunkel/
I' d rather be a sparrow than a snail...hammer than a nail....taken
from a south american folk song--oh yah, thanks mr. google...El condor pasa...

what's with this Lala thing? every time i search for a song it is on
the top of the list...they must have paid the search engines to put thier link first...

www.lala.com


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: open mike
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 02:00 PM

oh yes and from another
thread that is active right now

THE SWALLOW SONG
By Richard and Mimi Farin~a

which reminds me there is a tune
Golandrina about a swallow


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Crowhugger
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 02:06 PM

There Were Three Ravens.

In the brief mention department, Winter Wonderland has something about a blue bird.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 02:18 PM

Has anyone mentioned L'Alouette?


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: KathWestra
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 02:55 PM

Michigan singer and songwriter Joel Mabus has written a delightful "Birds Alphabet"--in the genre of "Sailor's Alphabet" and "Lumberman's Alphabet" songs. You can find it on his website.

I plan to sing Joel's song in Suzanne Mrozak's "Bird Songs" workshop at the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) in Massachusetts in April. That's a workshop originally dreamed up by the late Mary LaMarca, abetted by her husband George Stephens, me, and Suzanne. We'll be doing it again this year in Mary's honor. LOTS and LOTS of songs to choose from, and never enough time...


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Arkie
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 04:43 PM

There was a thread about "The Gift" a short time back. Also about a Nightingale. Written and recorded by Stephanie Davis, but also recorded by Garth Brooks, Joni Harms, and Aselin Debison.

The Wren Song is a Christmas song and inspired by legend and tradition regarding the wren.

Bird on a Wire by Leonard Cohen and recorded by him and others.

Quite a few songs about bluebirds including "There's a Bluebird Singing" a relatively old song in old time, country, and bluegrass tradition; "Bluebird Blues", and "I Heard the Bluebird Sing".

Good old fiddle tune called "Red Bird".


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Arkie
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 04:46 PM

And how could I forget, "Listen to the Mockingbird" and "Hot Canary".


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: open mike
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 07:55 PM

there is a fiddle tune called red wing...too.
(perhaps that's what you meant?)

and the favorite old tune called Mockingbird Hill comes to mind,..i wonder if i can find a recording of that one...


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: GUEST,Mike B.
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 08:38 PM

Woody Knows Nothing - traditional (recorded by Eric Darling)
Chicken - Mississippi John Hurt
Bye Bye Blackbird - Henderson & Dixon (jazz age song performed by a number of notable artists)
Sparrow - Simon & Garfunkel
Song To A Seagull - Joni Mitchell
Nightbird - Lisa Moscatiello
Song of the Brook- Anne Hills (actual bird sounds in the background on the recording)


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 07:38 AM

BIRD! (track ten HERE) - an ancient piece of earthy storytelling with a litany of bird names angelically sung in Latin...


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Arkie
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 12:24 PM

Kerry Mills song Red Wing is actually about an Indian maid and is sometimes performed as an instrumental and sometimes as a song. There are several fiddle tunes going by the name of Red Bird. Here is a link to a nice one on youtube;

Red Bird

Clark Kessinger's version of Red Bird is one of my favorites.

There is also a tune called Oklahoma Red Bird.

Getting into modern songs; The Beatles' Blackbird is a good one.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 12:59 PM

To complete above info re Red Wing: the music is as stated by K Mills; when sung, words are by Thurland Chattaway. Much parodied, of course, as 'The moon shines bright on Mrs Porter {whose daughter for some reason washed her feet in soda [or dirty] water}', a scurrilous WW1 soldiers' version quoted by Eliot in 'The Waste Land', & also by Ernest Raymond in his once-popular WW1 novel 'Tell England'; and also as 'The moon shines bright on Charlie Chaplin, his boots are cracking for want of blacking' &c - also from WW1 period, as it sends Charlie in the last line to "The Dardanelles", which crops up IIRC in Joan Littlewood's "O What a Lovely War".

But I agree it is originally about a girl, {"There once was an Indian maid"}, who loses her lover in battle; and not a [feathered] bird.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Arkie
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 01:33 PM

While we are putting information straight we might mention that Kerry Mills actually borrowed the tune from Robert A. Schumann's "The Happy Farmer". I guess that makes Mills some sort of middleman. But the Happy Farmer is not about a bird either.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Janie
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 01:43 PM

a bunch of people have recorded "Who Broke the Lock (on the henhouse door."

"Bluejay/The Girl I Left Behind Me" (medley) recorded by the Red Clay Ramblers on Twisted Laurel


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Jack Campin
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 02:08 PM

Want songs in other languages? Three Hungarian ones:

Elment a madarka

From Branch to Branch

Vetettem violat

There's a version of "Elment a madarka" from Moldavia with a tune I much prefer but it isn't on the web as far as I can see. I've got it on CD.

There are literally thousands of Turkish songs featuring nightingales. An anthemic one with lots of versions on the web:

Don't Sing, Nightingale (Selda Bagcan version)


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: peregrina
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 03:33 PM

Winter's Come and Gone--Gillian Welch- (begins 'Oh little red bird')-- Hell Among the Yearlings

Blackbirds and Thrushes--Archie Fisher--Will ye gang, Love

Little Birdie (aka short time here long time gone)--trad. recorded by the Stanley Brothers, Dillard Chandler et al; reworked as Visitor by Donna the Buffalo

Free Little Bird/ I'm as Free a Little Bird as I can be--trad?--recorded by Clarence Ashley and others

El pajaro negro--Tony Gatlif, Latcho Drom

L'epervier il faut le dire--recorded by Hughes Aufray, others


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: open mike
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 04:03 PM

here is a beautiful poem i heard at the cowboy festival..

Rosie's Eagle

    Rosie was a widow
    Who lived up north of town.
    If you cross Wolf Creek about a mile
    And circle back around,
    You'd find a big ol' ranch house
    Made from sandstone, rock and sweat
    And Rosie raised her family there.
    Her grandson lives there yet.

    Now, I became acquainted
    With this grand ol' pioneer
    When I was just a youngster,
    Nearly in my fourteenth year.
    I'd go out and feed her cattle
    While Rosie went to stay and
    Visit with her children
    Who had grown and moved away.

    And once, while I was feedin'
    I saw a wondrous sight,
    A big ol' Golden Eagle
    Just soarin' like a kite.
    So high above the wagon
    He would circle all around
    Like he was on a search for
    Something down there on the ground.

    I watched him for a minute,
    Hangin' silent in the sky
    But the silence soon was broken
    By the echo of his cry,
    As he screamed his disapproval
    Of the place I chose to rest,
    Then I spotted the remainder
    Of what once had been a nest.

    The nest was old and brittle,
    The aftermath of age,
    And it laid beside a marker
    Nearly covered by the sage.
    My youthful curiosity
    Had grabbed me by the shirt,
    I knew that I had work to do
    But five minutes wouldn't hurt.
    So I got down off the wagon,
    Kicked the tumbleweeds away
    Revealing an inscription
    In a stone of granite gray.

    "Return to me in Springtime with love
       forever new
    And dance with me upon the wind, the way
       the eagles do."
    I stood there kind a puzzled
    Tryin' hard to figure out
    Just what these words engraved in stone
    Were really all about.
    So, when Rose returned from visitin',
    I told her what I'd seen
    And how when I got near the stone
    That bird would start to scream.

    With eyes reflecting memories
    Through the traces of a tear,
    She took me by the hand and said,
    "There's something you should hear.
    I'll share with you a secret
    That up till now's been known
    By only me and God above
    Of the eagle and the stone.

    "The Caliche hills that weave their way
    Through what once was Box-T range
    Was once the home of eagles
    That nested on the plains.
    And the Indians had a legend
    That they believe is true,
    That for every man who lived out here,
    An eagle lived here too.

    "And if the eagles nested
    When a man would take a wife
    Then the spirits of the lovers
    Claimed the nesting ground for life.
    And when their life was over,
    Their spirit would ascend
    And gather with the eagles,
    To dance upon the wind.

    "And that was how it happened,
    As if decreed by fate,
    For the day that I became a wife
    The eagle took a mate.
    And as he made for her a nest of
    Willow branch and silt,
    I was borne across the threshold
    Of a ranch house not yet built.

    "And so we spent our wedding night
    Beneath the prairie moon,
    In a Studebaker wagon
    In the early part of June.
    As he held me in his arms
    And pledged to me his love,
    He said, "If we should ever part,
    I swear by God above,
    That in Springtime I'll return to you, as
       when our love began,
    And with the eagles we will go, and dance
       upon the wind.

    "The year my husband passed away,
    The lady-bird was killed.
    They're buried side by side,
    Beneath the stone upon the hill.
    And every year in early June,
    I watch the morning sky
    And listen for the sound of wings,
    Like angels passin' by.

    "And when I see that old eagle,
    My heart begins to glow
    And I think about a promise
    Made so many years ago.
    The words are carved in granite, our love
       will never end
    And my heart goes up to meet him, and we
       dance upon the wind."

    © 1991, J. W. Beeson
   
       J. W. Beeson writes : "Rosie's Eagle" is based on a true story. The story itself is fiction, but when I was a kid I fed cattle for a little lady named Rosie Baysinger. In her house was a female Golden Eagle that was mounted in the 1930s. She told me how a pair of Goldens nested on her place, and that in 1937 the female was accidentally killed in a coyote trap. Eagles mate for life, and for 40 some years, the male returned every year, looking for his mate. I have seen him, back in the 60s, when my Dad and I would work for Rosie, while she visited her children in California. It always stuck in my mind, that love between those two eagles, was the way it should be between two people. True and Everlasting. That's how "Rosie's Eagle" got written.

       Beeson also told us that he has had the great privilege to perform "Rosie's Eagle" for Rosie Baysinger's children, in the presence of the mounted eagle.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: GUEST,Joseph de Culver City
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 06:05 PM

"White Bird"--It's A Beautiful Day

"Bluebird"--Stephen Stills

"Surfin' Bird"--The Trashmen

"I See Hawks In LA"--I See Hawks In LA

"On Eagle's Wings"--Christian hymn

"El Condor Pasa"--S. American song

"Blackbird"--Beatles


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: topical tom
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 08:48 AM

"mockingbird Hill" as done by "The Singing Rage", Miss Patti Page


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Boho
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 09:33 AM

Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Louis Jourdan
Two Little Birds, Bob Marley


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 10:07 AM

When It's Time For The Whippoorwill To Sing. Done here by the Louvin Brothers, they got it from the Delmore Brothers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwbkwXoc_j8

Other Whippoorwill songs (with representative artists) to look for: The Whippoorwill - Keely Smith, Where The Whippoorwill Is Whispering Goodnight - Charlie Poole, The Last Whippoorwill - Bill Monroe, The First Whippoorwill Song - The DeZurik Sisters, So Says The Whippoorwill - Richard Shindell. That last one I didn't know about,I just ran across it while looking for confirmation on the others.

I am sure there are more, but that's a start. Oh, and Charlie mentions the "mocklingbird" in his song! Dale


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 10:16 AM

Do chickens count?
Jim Carroll

Delaney's Chicken.
Air Garden Where The Praties Grow (near enough)
Recorded from Mikey Kelleher,
August 1977.

Now Delaney, from the market bought a fowl a month ago,
If he find the man that sold it he'll kill him with a blow;
Delaney bought this chicken, being of a tender breed
And of a more deceitful bird you never heard agreed.

So when they sought to pluck it, their efforts was in vain,
Their hands were torn and blistered and their muscles they were strained,
And resting of this chicken, they put him down to stew,
If you want to see Delaney crack, cry cock-a-doodle-doo.

So Delaney bought this chicken for to give us all a spread
And after they arriving home they tried to pull off his head,
They ordered picks and shovels, they got twisted up like tin,
They tried to carve the chicken but they couldn't break the skin.

So this bird must have been crowing since they built the Tower of Babel,
He was fed by Cain and Abel and he lived in Noah's stable,
All the shots and shells was fired in the field of Waterloo,
Could not penetrate or dislocate the tilugated armour-plated,
Double-breasted, iron-chested, cock-a-doodle-doo.

So they borrowed Daley's rammer, by which he rammed the stones,
Thinking that when tapped, would break the tender chicken's bones,
But the first one has rebounded like an India rubber ball
And knocked twelve yards of coping out of Mulligan's garden wall.

So this bird must have been crowing since they built the Tower of Babel,
He was fed by Cain and Abel and he lived in Noah's stable,
All the shots and shells was fired in the field of Waterloo, C
Could not penetrate or dislocate the tilugated armour-plated,
Double-breasted, iron-chested, cock-a-doodle-doo.

Oh the Dundee Extra Gunners came to excavate the thing,
And the sortie called the Russia with, while light three yards of string.
Oh Tim brought the Davey Miner, through him they swore he lied,
While blowing up himself and the chicken with a pound of dynamite.

So to scrape the wall for chicken, it wasn't easy work,
It wasn't easy to know which was chicken and which was Burke,
But they found a leg of chicken on a friendly blacksmith's head,
And a pair of everlasting heels upon my boots it made.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: BobKnight
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 11:07 AM

"The Gull From Yesterday," by the Eagles. ;)


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Young Buchan
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 12:04 PM

I'm convinced I've seen this in the DT but I can't find it, so having nothing better to do:

I was doing no-one no harm
When to Grogan's Store I set my course,
And there I saw Ned Flanagan's gander
Was treading Nancy Hogan's goose.

Oh and Nancy herself was there,
And she had the Devil's tongue.
She swore by all the courts above
That she would have that gander hung.

"Oh, you cannot hang my gander.
It's the goose that is to blame.
For she comes round here every morning
And wiggles her arse just to show she's game."

But the policeman he came around
And took the gander off to jail;
Held him there till the next assizes;
Would not give him any bail.

When the trial id came around
He looked the judge right in the face.
He said, "Is it just for doing my duty
That I must now leave my native place?"

And then the judge he looked at the gander.
He said, "Young man, I'll set you loose.
But if you go back to Grogan's Store
Stay away from Nancy Hogan's goose."

He has gone back to Grogan's Store;
He's fillede himself full of oats and grass;
And he's jumped Nancy Hogan's goose
Crying, "All you judges can kiss my arse!"


Also there's the song explaining why ducks get piles when sparrows don't. It's not in the actual DT, but type in Unlucky Duck and you'll find threads with it on.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: deadfrett
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 02:09 PM

Utah Phillip's Rock Salt & Nails... Who Killed Cock Robin?..White Cliffs of Dover...


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Arkie
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 03:05 PM

Another song that comes to mind though not particularly about birds is Polly Von, Polly Vaughan, or whatever which which has the line, "She had her apron wrapped about her, and he took her for a swan". The song raises the issue of swan hunting and carelessness or did the young man just want to be rid of the lady and claim he thought she was a swan.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 03:09 PM

hardly, in theversion of the song [polly vaughan],that I sing he is heart broken, her ghost appears at the trial and asks that he should be allowed to go free,because he is heart broken and it was an accident.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 03:35 PM

If I Had the Wings of a Dove


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Joe_F
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 05:59 PM

I dare you to sing Churchy Ballad on the radio!


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: GUEST,guest, open mike
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 01:13 AM

Nanci Griffith beautiful song blackbirds wings--fly away to heaven-- gulf coast hiway...


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: open mike
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 03:59 AM

maybe if it was a FRIGATE bird...but not so in that "churchy" song


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: GUEST,buspassed
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 07:23 AM

Seem to remember from somewhere Eliza Carthy talking about Lal Waterson's affinity with birds which is reflected in some of her songs. 'Flight of the Pelican' springs to mind as does those wonderful lines from Child among the Weeds'

'Fly bird fly on you raven wing
Take to the sky and sing for the love of wheeling and turning'

Birds are also mentioned in four other songs from the 'Bright Phoebus'album


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: GUEST,Barnacle (at work)
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 07:31 AM

Howsabout - The Magpie... one for sorrow etc


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Boho
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 07:34 AM

Jackdaw, by Audience


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: open mike
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 06:29 PM

Mockingbird Hill

This was written by George (Vaughn) Horton. George and his brother Roy Horton along with others, including the Beaver Valley Sweethearts ( Colleen and Donna Wilson) recorded this in 1951.It was a big hit for them.It was then covered by various artist including Patti Page and Les Paul & mary Ford to name a few. Roy Horton died in 2003 and George (Vaughn) Horton in 1988.

When the sun in the morning peeps over the hill
And kisses the roses 'round my window sill
Then my heart fills with gladness when I hear the trill
Of the birds in the treetops on Mockingbird Hill

Tra la la, tweedle dee dee dee
It gives me a thrill
To wake up in the morning
To the mockingbird's trill
Tra la la tweedle dee dee dee
There's peace and good will
You're welcome as the flowers
On Mockingbird Hill

Got a three-cornered plow and an acre to till
And a mule that I bought for a ten-dollar bill
There's a tumble-down shack and a rusty old mill
But it's my Home Sweet Home up on Mockingbird Hill

Tra la la, tweedle dee dee dee
It gives me a thrill
To wake up in the morning
To the mockingbird's trill
Tra la la tweedle dee dee dee
There's peace and good will
You're welcome as the flowers
On Mockingbird Hill

When it's late in the evening I climb up the hill
And survey all my kingdom while everything's still
Only me and the sky and an old whippoorwill
Singin' songs in the twilight on Mockingbird Hill

Tra la la, tweedle dee dee dee
It gives me a thrill
To wake up in the morning
To the mockingbird's trill
Tra la la tweedle dee dee dee
There's peace and good will
You're welcome as the flowers
On Mockingbird Hill

i do not see this on D.T. perhaps i should say "lyric add"


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Dmitri Sofronov
Date: 09 Jan 10 - 03:22 AM

El cant dels ocells,

inofficial anthem of Catalonia (the most complete lyrics with translation is found in German Wikipedia, but bits and scraps translated into English are all over the place). It's a Christmas song.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: GUEST,mauvepink
Date: 09 Jan 10 - 01:08 PM

John Denver's The Eagle and the Hawk is a must too

I know many do not consider John Denver to be folk but I think he sits with his legs on the folk side of the fence more than on the country and western side. Makes no difference of course. It's a great song

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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: bubblyrat
Date: 09 Jan 10 - 01:30 PM

There were three Crows up in a tree,
They were as black as black could be;
Said one black Crow unto another,
"You are a black enamel bugger !"


Up came a farmer with his gun,
He shot those Crows except for one,
Who flew into a lofty tree,
And said " You Bastard! Now shoot me !"

The farmer loaded with shot and shell;
    He shot that crow to fucking hell,
And as he fluttered to the ground,
His final resting place he found.

As I was walking through a wood,
I shit myself,I knew I would;
I cried for help ,but no help came,
And ,so, I shit myself again !

Ahh, Ahh Men.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: open mike
Date: 09 Jan 10 - 02:30 PM

john denver also has a song called
eagles and horses and on the wings of an eagle.

he is very folk-y.

and very eagle-y too.
one you tube video
shows footage of him flying
in a plane--probably the one
he went down in..the Long E Z

the radio show is in 3 hours
and i have a few songs that
were suggested by mudcats
including this one..i am
trying to learn to download
and burn songs using the Applian
Replay A V program.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 09 Jan 10 - 02:56 PM

The twa corbies, an old song a collected by Burns.

Black hawk and a white winged dove (sung by Emmylou on Wrecking Ball)

"Now Westering winds" a beautiful song by Burns which tells of all the birds in the Scottish countryside, one of Dick Gaughan's finest.


Lil red rooster, Willie Dixon, though perhaps most famously by The Stones.


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Jan 10 - 03:22 PM

from an old thread: The Broomsquire's Bird Song with ABC notation.

The whole history of the song is debatable, but it is a delight. (somewhere, I have a tape of a friend doing an excellent job of singing it....I am not aware of any commercial recordings.)


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Subject: RE: songs about birds
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 09 Jan 10 - 03:34 PM

As mentioned earlier, Derek Gifford is a star on birds in song - his presentations (which include recordings of the birdsong of the birds mentioned in the songs) are brilliant!

LTS - the song is John Ball, not John Bull, it was written by Sydney Carter.

There are a few birds in the Twelve Days of Christmas....

Kitty


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